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

Clare Donoghue
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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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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'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: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447239288
  • Publisher: Pan (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 (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start 29 May 2014
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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25 of 27 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an author to keep an eye on 28 Sept. 2014
Format:Paperback
I read this on the recommendations of two colleagues, who had been unable to put it down.....and I wasn't disappointed.....I couldn't put it down either.

The only minor thing was that I found it too easy to work out who the suspect was. When she described the scene from the suspects point of view, she adopts a particular style of language, which is slightly different to the rest of the book. The same style crept in, very subtly, when describing them in the third person. It didn't spoil the book for me at all though, it's extremely well written and a very enjoyable read....bring on the next one :)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars promising well written crime read 19 July 2014
By Christine M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the start of a new crime series featuring DI Mike Lockyer and his sidekick, Jane Bennett. Three young women have been brutally murdered in London. At the same time, a stalker is watching and terrorising Sarah. Sarah has become increasingly agoraphobic and fearful.

This is a promising, well written crime debut from Clare Donoghue. Donoghue has created a very likeable flawed detective lead in Lockyer, who I look forward to reading about again. I actually felt quite sorry for him, as his history unfolded. The setting is London in winter and it felt very chilly and appropriate for murder. I thought the sub plot of the stalker and Sarah was slightly more interesting than the killer one.

Overall definitely worth a read if you like a good murder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story 15 Jan. 2015
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I will definitely be on the look out for more in this series. I bought this on kindle a while ago but had forgotten to read it. I am pleased that I had something left on the kindle to really get my teeth into. I kept disappearing into the bedroom to read it in peace and quiet. Definitely a book to 'not leave until the last'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 8 Dec. 2014
By jb
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Had me hooked from the first page.
I think this novel is superb. I love the suspense, got a real feel for the characters and I look forward to reading the next one.
Well done Clare!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for 1st in the series 25 Feb. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
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.

Well, when I started this book, I wasn't sure on it. Was slow to start off with, places it got better and I was clicking along as I was reading. I nearly gave up as I thought, where is this going. We're going all over the place, but I carried on and was glad I did. I had a inkling who the killer was, but wasn't confirmed til nearly 5% left to go from the end.

I have the second book to this to read. So I will read more from Ms Donoghue.
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