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Never Look Back: DI Mike Lockyer (Di Mike Lockyer Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Clare Donoghue
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Book Description

Never Look Back is a chilling and compelling debut crime thriller from Clare Donoghue set in South East London. For all those who enjoy Peter James, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson.

Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver . . .

Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it's the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level.

DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents. What he discovers will not only test him professionally but will throw his personal life into turmoil too.


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    'An atmospheric, authentic police story . . . a cracker of a book' (Elizabeth Haynes)

    'An assured and shocking debut from a talent to watch' (David Hewson, author of THE KILLING.)

    'Clare Donoghue has joined my list of 'must read' authors and I shall be eagerly awaiting her next book' (www.crimesquad.com)

    'Tension so delicious you'll feel your scalp tingle as you read far, far into the night. A compelling debut' (Shane Gericke, author of Torn Apart)

    'Never Look Back is heartfelt, riveting, and as suspenseful as they come. Highly recommended for fans of nail-biting thrillers and classic whodunnits' (www.crimefictionlover.com)

    'Donoghue writes with a clear eye to the ironic, in a smooth and addictive style, all the while adding substance and clarity to her characters as we get to know them. The final resolution is perhaps one of the best ones I have read' (www.lizlovesbooks.com)

    Book Description

    A chilling and compelling debut crime thriller set in South East London. For all those who enjoy Peter James, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson. Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver . . . Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents. What he discovers will not only test him professionally but will throw his personal life into turmoil too.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 879 KB
    • Print Length: 353 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250046076
    • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (13 Mar. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00HPYMS4K
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    After ten years in London, working for a City law firm, Clare Donoghue moved back to her home town in Somerset to undertake an MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University. She was long-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger in 2011. Never Look Back was published in March 2014 as book one in the Lockyer & Bennett series. Book two, No Place To Die is out March 2015 and books three and four are in the pipeline!


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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good start 29 May 2014
    By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I like a good police procedural series and I think this will be a tremendous series so I'm glad to get in at the start and be able to watch the characters grow. There isn't anything particularly new about the plot - serial killer murdering young girls with a stalker subplot - but it is well written, logical and very believable, just as I like it. The characterisation is good although I think Mike Lockyer will mature into a more rounded person as the series continues because at the moment he is a rather contradictory character and it is hard to get a fix on him. This is a good start to a series and I will definitely be reading more.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars book 1 and I really enjoyed it. 28 Mar. 2015
    By I Love Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    5/5

    I was at that point of what the hell should I read next, so went reading some of my fellow bloggers reviews to give me some idea's. I wanted to read this book after reading @bookaddictShaun review on book 2 - No Place to Die

    So thanks to Shaun, i went and purchased this. but as my mother in-law had just given me a £20 Amazon voucher, I wasn't breaking my "not to buy any books until the end of March" rule.

    So I finished my current read and curled up in bed with a big bar of chocolate and my kindle.
    I'm pretty glad I read this, as it now means I can read book 2 as soon as I want. I really like it when I find a new author whose books I have not read, and there is more that one to get stuck into.

    This book kicks off the start of what i'm guessing is going to be a great series, I love a good police procedural. Getting to know new characters and deciding which ones you like and which you don't.
    So this new series to feature DI Mike Lockyer and DS Jane Bennett, of the Murder squad starts off brilliantly. They are faced with solving the killings of 3 women. When Mike see's a resemblance in the 3rd victim to a member of his own family, it really shakes him. This is where we learn about Mike and see his sensitive side too. He has many things going on in his life outside of work, so dealing with both aspects can be tricky.

    Along side this we have Sarah, who is being stalked. But no one seems to be taking her seriously. Is she ever going to get any help or even anyone to believe what is happening to her. I really enjoyed both parts to this story. And how they come together.

    I think the characters have been built up and introduced to us brilliantly. And I think there is really room for them to grow into well known likable characters.

    Although there was quite a bit going on in this book, I found it a really easy and Bloody enjoyable read.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Absolutely loved this first novel from Clare Donoghue and can't wait to read the next one. If you're looking for a classic whodunit, with some unexpected twists, then look no further! Never Look Back offers a different approach in that it's written in the first person, but from the perspective of each of the key characters, most interestingly the killer her/himself (being deliberately vague to avoid any spoilers / clues) and, unusually the victims as well. This book had me hooked from the first pages. Can't recommend it enough, great read.
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    26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A promising debut... 14 Mar. 2014
    By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I must admit that on receiving this book, there was a slight sinking in my heart when I saw the well-worn comparisons to Mark Billingham, Peter Robinson and Peter James. However, never one to be deterred by publicity blurb, I dove in to this debut crime novel with an open mind and was more than pleasantly surprised by what lay within…

    From the outset you are plunged into a nightmarish insinuation that this killer has more than a passing resemblance to the resident weirdo killer in The Silence of the Lambs. Crafting his magnum opus in his spare room, that you just know is going to be constructed out of items accrued from his crime scenes. Cut to young woman being violently attacked on a London street and its aftermath, quickly introducing us to the main police protagonists, and straightaway Donoghue has raised the reader’s interest simply and succinctly. This is what you want from a British police procedural- straight in- boom- so loved that. Then, the story spirals out encompassing the miserable day-to-day existence of a previously vivacious woman and her nightmare experience at the hands of a stalker. Donoghue captures perfectly the claustrophobic dread of Sarah’s life from her waking moment under the microscope of her stalker’s eye, and this is very well depicted within the plot. Inevitably, all the facets of the plot intersect nicely, as Sarah’s cries for help are eventually answered by the intervention of DI Mike Lockyer and DS Jane Bennett as her stalker enters their radar, in the course of their murder investigation…

    I did like the tight control that Donoghue kept on the pace and gradual unfolding of the plot, never resorting to implausible coincidence and keeping the tension high.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Change at Lewisham 24 April 2015
    By DT
    Format:Paperback
    I was pleased and surprised to stay interested in and sometimes gripped by this police procedural. Initially, I had thought not-another thriller with the standard ingredients: violence against vulnerable women as the centre point; tough detective with personal problems; a serial killer; and a rather embarrassing love affair, the last of these a function of the need to add a complication to an already tangled plot and introduce a supposedly more human side to a detective hardened by the job. However, Clare Donoghue is quite assured, both in her writing which, in spite of the clichéd story and characters, is not formulaic and in the narrative structure, with different chapters told from the point of view of, though not necessarily in the words of, the main characters. To say more would spoil the plot which has some clever twists.

    I live in the next borough to Lewisham, where the central police station of "Never Look Back" is located and this added to my interest. However, given that "Never Look Back" is the first of a series of South-East London detective novels centred on the tough detective, Mike Lockyer, and his - in this novel - rather routine and stereotypical detective sergeant, Jane Bennett, Donoghue could have done a whole lot more with the setting and the ways in which these boroughs differ not so much from Inner London boroughs as from other outer boroughs. There are any number of good guide books and a few remarkably good writers on aspects of London and even if Donoghue doesn't live in this area she could get more from these writers to explore the ways in which crime, class, money, gender, and specific locations can be linked, not least because of the kinds of urban developments that are now giving Lewisham a new, though possibly sham, future.
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    I bought this as I had finished the Sharon Bolton series and was looking for something similar in genre but I was very disappointed. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars I Like what I have got as always
    I Like what I have got as always. It as intended
    Published 1 month ago by David Parker
    3.0 out of 5 stars Needs improving
    Needs a good editor as the story lacked structure. Found it tedious at times and nearly gave up in some places. Shows promise as an author but needs to plan out the story.
    Published 3 months ago by Inda Kenny
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good for 1st in the series
    I LOVE Mark Billingham books. The way he writes is gritty and to the point. I picked up Clare Donoghue's book as I needed something gritty and a good police procedural book. Read more
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