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“What a terrific book! Don't Look Back is thrilling beginning to end and powerfully gratifying.” ―Megan Abbott, internationally bestselling author of The Fever

“Gregg Hurwitz never disappoints...and with Don't Look Back, he takes his storytelling talents to new heights of suspense and terror. From the opening moment of tension to the singularly terrifying final act, this story of survival and death left me breathless. Not to be missed.” ―James Rollins

“Thrilling…Hurwitz skillfully ratchets up the tension as his characters prove their mettle through nerve-wracking and exciting trials.” ―Publishers Weekly on Don't Look Back

“A taut, smart, suspense-filled ride to satisfy the most discerning of thrill seekers.” ―Library Journal (starred review) on Don't Look Back

“Propulsive…for page after irresistible page, Hurwitz ramps up the tension…Thrillingly cinematic.” ―The Washington Post on The Survivor

“With Trust No One, Gregg Hurwitz deservedly takes a place at the forefront of thriller writers. Once you read the first page, you will keep ripping through pages until there are none left.” ―David Baldacci

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"A smart, suspense-filled ride to satisfy the most discerning of thrill seekers."
-Library Journal (starred review)

Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she's long dreamed of-a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, coming upon a shack among the trees, where she spies a man throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve rushes back to her group...only to stumble upon a broken digital camera, marked with the name Theresa Hamilton. Later that night, clicking through the photos, Eve discovers a snapshot of that same menacing-looking man in the woods. Th eresa Hamilton has since disappeared...

"Left me breathless. Not to be missed."-James Rollins

Now the man in the woods is after whoever was snooping around his house. With a violent past and deadly mission, he will do anything to avoid being discovered. When major storm wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world, the tour group is trapped in the jungle with a brutal predator hell-bent on protecting a long-hidden secret. At the center of it all is Eve, who must fight against incredible odds if she's to make it back home alive...

"Terrifying... clever... A terrific reading experience."-Associated Press

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312626835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312626839
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
After Eve Hardaway's husband leaves her for another woman before they can take their anniversary vacation to Oaxaca, Eve decides to go by herself. Eve is in the Mexican jungle with a half dozen American tourists, the camp owners, and a man she encounters while rafting in the jungle. The man is practicing throwing his machete at a human silhouette. When Eve finds a lost camera near the man's dwelling, she realizes that the woman who owned the camera was the previous occupant of the hut in which Eve is staying. The camera contains pictures of the jungle man apparently behaving forcefully with an indigenous woman.

When Eve discovers that the camera owner never made it home, the group feels threatened. Their fears are discouraged by the camp owners, who worry that publicizing the psycho in the jungle might be bad for business -- not to mention Oaxaca's aversion to having a Natalie Holloway story in the foreign media.

The campers, including Eve, are largely a group of whiners, making it difficult to care what happened to them. It's also disappointing that the man with the machete is such a conventional villain. A long expository chapter in the middle of the novel explains his improbable journey from Pakistan to the Mexican jungle, where he now fights the "holy struggle" by abusing native women. As villains go, this semi-retired jihadist is a cartoon.

Don't Look Back could have been a tighter novel. Too many scenes are repetitive. Characters have the same arguments about their predicament, tell each other how bad their situation is, and waste time when they should be running. The evil guy gives them plenty of time to waste, and ample opportunity to escape, when he could have devoted his energy to the simple task of killing them all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It's no secret that I love to read thrillers. When asked for recommendations at the library, I offer up Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben and Gregg Hurwitz as really good authors in this genre.

Hurwitz's latest book, Don't Look Back, uses a premise that I never tire of - an everyday person put into an untenable situation with everything on the line. Fun escapist reading, akin to watching action movies.

After a divorce, Eve decides to follow through with a planned trip to a wilderness escape in Mexico, despite the fact that she'll now be travelling alone. When she wanders off the path on one of the first outings, she comes across a frightening looking man practicing throwing machetes at a human target. She quickly ducks down and finds a broken camera on the ground. She grabs it and quickly runs away. But when she looks at the photos, she sees disturbing images of this same man. She also discovers that the owner of the camera is a former guest of the resort - now gone missing.

All the right ingredients are here for a thrilling read - a very scary guy with his own agenda who you won't see coming, a tropical storm that knocks the power out and along with it any outside communications. Throw in that everyday woman with a young son back in the States and you've got a great David and Goliath match. Welcome to the jungle....

Eve is a well drawn protagonist, not overly capable in the beginning, but growing into her untapped strengths as the danger grows. There's a mixed cast of supporting characters, but much like those scary suspense films, not all of them make it 'til the end.

Hurwitz's choice of setting was well described and offered up lots of additional danger via the jungle and the wildlife. The swarm ants make my skin crawl.....
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Depressed and recently divorced from her cheating husband, Eve Hardaway leaves the comfort and familiarity of home behind to head off to Oaxaca in Mexico and some whitewater rafting and other activities in the isolated jungle and mountain area there. She accidentally gets herself involved in a mystery -- it seems that a woman who was recently a guest at the resort, and who had stayed in Eve's same assigned hut, left a few things behind in the room when she packed up and left -- including a camera with some strange pictures of a machete-throwing man on it that Eve also manages to find on the jungle floor when she momentarily leaves her fellow tour members behind while wandering off the trail. All these items belonged to Theresa Hamilton and the owners of the resort aren't forthcoming and merely say that she left in a hurry.

I could barely force myself to finish this book and must say it didn't hit the mark as a thriller for me. The unbelievable peril and survival in the jungles of Mexico theme stretched my credulity way too far. It was assumed from the start that our plucky, nearly Rambo-like heroine, Eve, a nurse and single mother, would survive and outwit the bad guy but the sheer relentless description of how she managed this almost made me scream and throw the book at the wall. There were a lot of predictable grisly deaths of humans and animals. Antipathy too strong? The villain here was so ridiculously evil and the political ramblings so biased and contrived that I could barely get past it. This was definitely not what I was expecting when I read the synopsis.

Perhaps other readers will love this adventure in the wild gone wrong, but it definitely did not appeal to me. I've read other titles by this author and may give him another try.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the e-book ARC to review.
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