Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin *Audiobook Review*

Happy Monday book lovers!

You guys! This is such a great thriller and it’s even better on audio! I really cannot express to you how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book! And interesting fun fact part of the story takes part in my stomping grounds!🎧🌴

My Thoughts

Alison Gaylin completely sucked me in with this tense absorbing dark story. 1976 California the Inland Empire ( fun fact is where I live). Two teenagers go on a killing spree that ends with them both dying in a fire. Present day quinton a crime podcaster is investigating these serial killers whose actions had a direct impact on his life. In the course of his investigation he happens across a film journalist living in New England who also has a tie to the story. What transpires is a tents and disturbing search for the truth. The book is told from the perspective of Quinton, Robin, and a young April Cooper (one of the teenagers). I found each of these characters perspectives unique and compelling. Aprils story was told to us in letters written to her future child, this was both chilling and endearing. Not going to lie I really liked April as well as Quinton and Robin and as things began to unravel I was shocked. This was a book that really made you question how well do you know the people in your life? Your parents? Your significant other? Your coworker? And the twists kept coming! As soon as I thought aha I got this figured out the book slammed me and said not so fast inspector Berit! This was just a brilliantly told story that kept me invested and on the edge from first page to last! If you love thrillers, books about serial killers, crime podcasts then this is a can’t miss!


Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, James Fouhey

Both narrators did a wonderful job with the narration of the story. As always getting a voice to extremely well develop characters just adds another dimension to the story. You can listen to the narrator’s as they present this scripted podcast of what Quinton was working on during this book.

*** Big thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

from the author of the highly acclaimed and Edgar Award-nominated What Remains of Me and the USA Today bestselling and Shamus Award-winning Brenna Spector series.

For thirteen days in 1976, teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California’s Inland Empire, killing a dozen victims before perishing themselves in a fire… or did they? More than 40 years later, twentysomething podcast producer Quentin Garrison blames his troubled upbringing on the murders. And after a shocking message from a source, he has reason to believe April Cooper may still be alive. Meanwhile, New York City film columnist Robin Diamond is coping with rising doubts about her husband and terrifying threats from internet trolls. But that’s nothing compared to the outrageous phone call she gets from Quentin… and a brutal home invasion that makes her question everything she ever believed in. Is Robin’s beloved mother a mass murderer? Is there anyone she can trust?

Told through the eyes of those destroyed by the Inland Empire Killings—including Robin, Quentin, and a fifteen-year-old April Cooper—Never Look Back asks the question:

How well do we really know our parents, our partners—and ourselves?

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A Dozen Second Chances by Kate Fields @rararesources *Book Review*

Happy Monday all!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming little gem! A fun story about second chances and starting over!🍸

A Dozen Second Chances

What are the chances that twelve little tokens could change a life?

Seventeen years ago, Eve Roberts had the wonderful life she’d always dreamed of: a degree in archaeology, a gorgeous boyfriend, and exciting plans to travel the world with him, working on digs. But when her sister Faye died, the life Eve knew ended too. Faye’s daughter Caitlyn came to live with Eve, her boyfriend left, and she quickly gave up on her dreams.

Now approaching her fortieth birthday, Eve faces the prospect of an empty nest as Caitlyn is leaving home. Caitlyn gives Eve a set of twelve ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ vouchers, telling her that she has to start living for herself again, and that she should fill one in every time she does something to treat herself.

With her very first voucher, Eve’s life will change its course. But with eleven more vouchers to go, can Eve learn to put herself first and follow the dreams she’s kept secret for so long? Because life is for living – and as she well knows, it’s too short to waste even a moment…

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My Thoughts

A sweet and heartwarming tale about second chances and starting over. Eve is about to be an empty nester, her daughter/niece Caitlyn is taking a job in France. Before Caitlyn leaves she gives her mom a stack of 12 “be kind to yourself“ notes, basically giving Eve permission to put herself first. Eve’s first act of kindness to herself leads to a run-in with an old flame and also reignites her passion for archaeology. What follows is Eve rediscovering herself and learning how to live life beyond motherhood. But can she let go of the past and learn to trust her heart and Paddy again?

Eve was such a likable and relatable character. She really deserved her happily ever after, after sacrificing so much four Caitlyn after her sister had passed. Caitlyn was a pretty clever and insightful teenager realizing what her mom needed. Grandma was another favorite character she added some comic relief and wisdom to the story. Paddy seemed like a good guy who made some poor choices when he was younger (as most of us do). I thought everything was going pretty well and then things got complicated. There is a definite plot twist in the story that could possibly change this second chance love story into a no chance love story. I was a little frustrated with the lack of communication between characters during this part of the book. I was also a little confounded as to why Eve’s mother didn’t take over guardianship of her granddaughter? But if she had we would not have had this delightful story. A lovely story when you’re in the mood for a feel good tale with a sprinkling of romance.

This book in emojis 👩‍👧 💌 ☕️ 🥐 🍸

*** Big thank you to Harper Collins UK/ One More Chapter for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Author Bio –

Kate Field writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire where she lives on the edge of the moors with her husband, daughter and cat. Her debut novel won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @katehaswords