Thursday, July 2, 2015

BOOK REVIEW - DON'T LOOK BACK by JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT - YA MYSTERY - HODDER - HACHETTE

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published By: Hodder, Hachette
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 369 Pages

RATING: 5 WHO-DUNNIT STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

Wow! This book was the mother of YA-Who-Dunnit!

Jennifer will keep you guessing until the very end.

I was pleased the villain of the story was in my top three, but I still couldn't nail it to the one person. I loved theorizing while reading Don’t Look Back.

Jennifer gives you multitudes of suspects and she basically spends the whole book bringing suspicions to the foreground of your mind and then rotates all the sub characters through this process.

The romance really gets a little overshadowed by cryptic notes and the whole who-dunnit.

Carson is the GORGEOUS love interest.


His brows shot up. “I don’t hate you. I’ve never hated you. You were...just really hard to like sometimes.”


Del-the-dick...not so much.

This was a well woven tale that had me turning the pages and being so tempted to jump to the end to find out the culprit’s identity and I NEVER want to jump to the end.

A great Cluedoesq, Agatha Christie...esq vibe with a youthful Nancy Drew side order.

I would have loved more time with Carson as he is book boyfriend material, but I totally enjoyed my time between these pages.

Throw in mean girls, amnesia, murder, mystery, turning-over-a-new-leaf, family issues, mind mojo , hot guys and this was a really cool read.

I highly recommend. J



Michelle

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