Book Review: Don’t Look Back by Jo Spain

“Your dream island. The love of your life. A secret that changes everything…”

Published on 11th May, Don’t Look Back by Jo Spain follows Luke and Rose Miller on their surprise belated honeymoon in a Caribbean paradise. It’s more than Luke ever thought he’d deserve. But as they pack their bags, Rose breaks down, confessing that on the day they left London, a violent man from her past tracked her down and broke into their home. He wasn’t expecting her to fight back. And, in her terror, Rose killed him. Now, there’s a dead body in Luke’s apartment, and only one person he can think to turn to.

Mickey Sheils never expected to hear from Luke again, not after he disappeared the first time. Luke knows Mickey can’t deny a woman who needs help, so she promises she’ll deal with things – she’ll make sure Rose doesn’t have to keep running.

But it turns out, some lies are too big to run from.


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A fast-pace and action-packed thriller, Don’t Look Back constantly took me by surprise with its clever twists and misdirection.

I’ve only read one other of Jo Spain’s other books before so I knew how clever she is a tricking the reader. So I was constantly looking for chinks in the narrative, trying to see if there was anything left to misinterpretation. And while I did guess a few of the smaller twists, there was a lot that I never would have been able to predict.

An addictive read that will undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat, this will make a perfect beach read for the summer! I’d also love to read more about Mickey and Elliot who were brilliant supporting characters.


Don’t Look Back by Jo Spain
Release Date: 11th May 2023
Print Length: 400 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Quercus Books


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