As I sit and listen to my 37th episode of my new favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder, I can’t help but see the parallels between it and this novel, Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin. There have been a couple of other books that have introduced the idea of podcasts within the plot, and I have to say, it’s probably one of my favorite things ever. I love that podcasts are becoming so popular, especially ones about true crime.
Quentin Garrison has his own podcast where he talks about a murder that happened forty years ago. Why does he have such an obsession with the murder? Quentin feels that the murders are the reason his life has been so difficult. You see, forty years ago there were two teenagers, April and Gabriel, who went on a killing spree and them decided to set themselves on fire. The thing is, no one knows if the two actually perished or if they ran off never to be seen again.
Quentin has lived most of his life wondering about the whereabouts of these two, especially after he receives some news that claims April isn’t dead. Now he’s on a mission to find her, and but he may have stumbled upon her unsuspecting daughter, Robin. Robin has no idea if her mother is the April that murdered all those people many years ago, but now that Quentin is in her life, she’s bound to find out the truth.
I love the flipping back and forth in time, and between perspectives of all the characters in this book. The story unfolds so organically, where it makes you feel like everything is falling into place at the right time. Though Quentin can be a little pushy at times, I did like his character, and wonder how he’d do as a detective haha. This book is great, I adored reading it, and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Perfect for fans of thrillers and podcasts :).