Two strangers, Cait and Rebecca, are driving across America. Cait’s job is to transport women to safety. Out of respect, she never asks any questions. Like most of the women, Rebecca is trying to escape something.
But what if Rebecca’s secrets put them both in danger? There’s a reason Cait chooses to keep on the road, helping strangers. She has a past of her own, and knows what it’s like to be followed.
And there is someone right behind them, watching their every move…
I don’t want to give too much away, because I think its important to read and discover the story as you go.
The book starts by introducing you to two women on a road trip. What starts out a kind of vague escape turns into a mission to survive and get to their location safely.
This book is a slow burn but a really good slow burn. The descriptions of the desolate roads and dingy truck stops absolutely added to the creepy thriller vibes.
The premise is interesting and I loved drama that unfolded along the road. There’s mistrust, fear and growth as the two women get to know one another, overcoming their initial judgments as they try to keep each other safe.
The majority of the story is told through these two women ‘Cait and Rebecca’ but other characters are heard from as well throughout the book. Some chapters count down the miles to Albuquerque, while other chapters cover the past and how they ended up on this perilous drive.
There are moments of anger, you feel their despair, devastation, their grief and some shame of their individual situations.
This novel is thought provoking and covers some controversial subjects particularly around a women’s right to choose but they are handled carefully by the author.
On the more negative side I found that it was a little long in the middle and on occasion I did see some of the story coming however, it still held my interest and I was excited to see how it played out.
As this was the first novel I have read by Jessica Barry I will very much be checking out her previous novel Freefall to see if it is as good.
In total I would give this book 3 and a half biscuits out of 5 – quick, thought provoking thriller, definitely worth a read.
I’d like to thank Vintage Books for providing me with a copy of this novel.
If you like the sound of ‘Don’t Turn Around’ then I very much encourage you to pick it up the paperback is out today 15th of April!