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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 (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times bestselling author of many thrillers, most recently Tell No Lies and The Survivor. Hurwitz is a two-time finalist for ITW’s Best Novel Prize (for The Crime Writer and The Survivor), and a finalist for the CWA’s Steel Dagger (The Crime Writer), among many other awards. In addition to his novels, Hurwitz is a screenwriter (Careful What You Wish For), TV producer and writer (V), and comic author (Batman: The Dark Knight).  He lives in Los Angeles.

Customer Reviews

A fast paced and very enjoyable read.
Good book, great plot, well fleshed out characters and Greg Hurwitz continues his record of engrossing fiction.
This is not a major complaint but I found the story to be a little too drawn out for my taste.
Tim Meloche

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6 of 7 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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12 of 17 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Burris on August 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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Book Info
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 19th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 15th 2014)
edition language English
other editions (6)
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"Smart and relentless… Hurwitz starts the pressure early and never, never lets up." —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) on You’re Next

In Don't Look Back, 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, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton. Later that night, in a rarely used tourist cabin, she finds a discarded prescription bottle—also with the name Teresa Hamilton. From the camera’s memory card, Eve discovers Teresa Hamilton took a photo of that same menacing looking man in the woods. Teresa Hamilton has since disappeared.

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. A major storm wipes out the roads and all communication with the outside world. Now the tour group is trapped in the jungle with a dangerous predator with a secret to protect.
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