On a lovely Spring afternoon in March, the Hayes End Library reading group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday) met to discuss ‘Don’t Turn Around’ by Amanda Brooke.
She died.You’re next.
Now he’s coming for you
Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.
Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…
As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?
We all agreed that the book was a real page turner and no one could put it down. However, saying that the book could have been much shorter and one definitely felt very bored in the middle especially as there was so much repetition and description that was unnecessary.The story was believable and engrossing and although the subject matter was so taboo, the author treated it with respect. No one guessed the twist at the end and it didn’t disappoint. No one felt any sympathy for the characters and they were not likeable or relatable at all. However, we all agreed that having such strong feelings for the characters makes it more of a good read and of course it makes for better conversation at the meetings. We found that our sympathies kept changing with the twists in the story so that the characters we were sympathetic towards at the start became less so as we learnt more about them. We discussed how the story veering from the past to the present made it harder for some of the members to keep up with what was going on in the plot and how this has a very popular style of writing nowadays which doesn’t suit everyone.
The cover of the book and the blurb did not reflect the storyline at all, however it would have been attractive enough for most of us to pick it up from the shelf.
All-in-all everyone agreed that it was a real page turner and really enjoyed the story. Only one member did not finish the book and had given up reading about half way.
The group gave the book a 4 out of 5 stars rating.
Comment 1: “Is the author going to tie it up at the end or will it end up in the air?”
Comment 2: “Redeeming feature was wanting to know what happened at the end”
Comment 3: “Very clever. It was all about control.”