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

Clare Donoghue
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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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    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
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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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    12 of 13 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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    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
    By Amanda
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    Never Look Back introduces DI Mike Lockyer and his team from the Lewisham Murder Squad.
    Three young women are killed within South London with nothing apparently linking them. On each occasion the murders take place feet away from safety. A lady called Sarah who is apparently being stalked believes that she is going to be the next victim. The book follows the investigation from its start to its conclusion.
    This book is full of twists, turns and lots of red herrings. I thought that I had figured out who the murderer was but I found out that it was someone else entirely.
    The writer knows how to create a dramatic and tense atmosphere as well as showing the pressure that the murder squad is under to solve the case within a given timeframe.
    I did enjoy the book as it introduces the main characters of the series, examines their backgrounds as well as showing what is happening with the case. I really enjoyed the use of a profiler in this book as profiling is one of my interests.
    I found that I really warmed to DI Lockyer and I loved his passion for his job, his ability to go the extra mile, his dislike of authority figures and his bending of the rules/ law. He also gets way too personally involved with his cases. Lockyer is a man of some experience but ,as is common with other lead characters in crime fiction, he is a damaged person, he has a past he is none too proud of and he is keeping a big secret from those who care about him. DI Lockyer also has a fragile relationship with his daughter.
    I look forward to the next book in the DI Mike Lockyer series.
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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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
    Excellent read, now ordered the next book, hope there will be many more by this author.
    Published 4 days ago by alysonb
    5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
    Excellent read - excellent storyline, believable characters and very hard to put down. Arrived very quickly and was well packaged.
    Published 20 days ago by Mags2
    2.0 out of 5 stars Readable, just.
    Bog standard serial-killer/stalker British police thriller set in SE London. That’s just about you can know and all you need to know. Read more
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    Really enjoyed the first 2 books looking forward to the next in the series
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent page turner
    Not a great one for reviews as it's each to their own, however I never figured it out as I have with other. Well done Clare Donoghue
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