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Did I read the same book as everyone else?
on 14 November 2014
I downloaded this book on the basis of the numerous 5 star reviews and was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, it was a massive let down and I can only assume that the people who have left glowing reviews either (a) are friends of the author, (b) haven’t read any decent thrillers before or (c) were reading a completely different book to the one I read. It was blindingly obvious from the outset who the guilty party was due to the blatant ‘clues’ and excessive foreshadowing. A couple of times I thought that perhaps I’d misjudged it, as there were a few potential twists that came up – but these were equally unsubtle and turned out to just be massive red herrings or blind alleys that weren’t explored/explained, for example the lead character’s childhood and the fact she didn’t know who her father was (I thought this might be part of the ‘Look Behind You’ reference in the title, but no). There were absolutely no twists or turns in the story and the characters were two dimensional and unlikeable. I skimmed the last few chapters just to get it over and done with – I probably wouldn’t have even bothered finishing it, but for the fact that I was hoping against hope there would be some sort of twist at the end that I hadn’t seen coming, but there wasn’t. The quality of the writing wasn’t great either, and at times it felt like the author had been leafing through a thesaurus to find a different word to use. Not recommended – I wish I hadn’t wasted my time.