Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in the No Looking Back by Alex Kane blog tour. If you’re a fan of gritty crime thrillers then I may just have the book for you. Read on for my thoughts…………
He’ll find you… unless you find him first.
Kat Denton is a woman running away from her past.For the past sixteen years, her life has been a living hell as Jimmy, the man she fell in love with as a teenager, becomes ever more cruel and abusive. Following the fire that killed her parents, leaving her an orphan when she was just a teenager, Kat is utterly alone and can’t see a way out.
Until the day she finds out that she’s pregnant. Vowing to protect her child from Jimmy’s violence, Kat decides to fight for survival – for her and her unborn baby.
Fleeing the traveller camp that has been her lifelong home isn’t easy. But along with her sister in law, Kat escapes with just the clothes on her back and the one photograph she has of her parents.
Kat, along with her baby girl Lucia, starts to build a better life. But when she looks into what really happened in her parents’ death Kat uncovers dark secrets – including a revelation that will lead Kat back to the place she had been so desperate to run away from. Is she strong enough to uncover the truth and save everything that she loves most, or will Jimmy Denton have his revenge?
Previously published as Chasing the Traveller.
No Looking Back by Alex Kane opens with a very disturbing prologue, it will anger you, it may even upset you, but Kat’s story is one you will be eager to follow. You will be faced with some hard-hitting and emotional themes such as domestic abuse, control and manipulation, but amid the gritty story there’s also an element of mystery which made this book such an exciting read.
No Looking Back follows Kat Denton a woman whose trapped in a world where she has never belonged, and even more so after the death of her parents who were killed in a fire when she was fourteen years old. Kat has suffered years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her husband Jimmy, when she finds out she’s pregnant she makes the brave decision to flee from the travellers’ camp, the only home she’s ever known.
I really felt for Kat besides the mental and physical abuse is a woman who has had no control over her life, she’s anxious, timid and understandably afraid of her own shadow, but once she escapes Jimmy’s clutches Kat blooms and make a life for herself, but the scars run deep and she’s constantly on her guard. The author has created a character who unfortunately is very realistic, Kat’s pain, her anxiety and the fear of Jimmy finding her, are palatable.
As for Jimmy and his partner in crime Rab made my skin crawl and my hackles rise, their treatment of a kat was beyond cruel and I read on desperate for karma to catch up with these loathsome characters. Alex Kane definitely has the knack for creating characters you will either love or hate, and for me that’s always a bonus, I’m not one for mediocre characters they have to stand out for me to invest in their story
The author deals with the difficult subject of domestic abuse and highlights the damage done to those in such situations with sensitivity and understanding, something I sometimes find lacking in such books. Although No Looking Back features domestic abuse, this book has so much more to offer, there’s an intriguing mystery centred on Kat’s parents, I found Kat’s journey to discover the truth behind her family’s past riveting, it’s told through a series of letters and as the author slowly reveals their story I read on in horror, but at the same time desperate to unravel the truth. The setting of a travellers’ camp fits this book perfectly it gives a fascinating insight into travellers, not your usual setting for a book I must admit, but it made the book more compelling.
Alex Kane has written a book that’s both raw and brutal but it’s also one that’s full of hope, it’s a story that will capture the reader’s imagination, whilst rooting for Kat to find the answers and the happiness she deserves. So the burning question has to be would I recommend this book? It’s a big fat “yes” if you’re a fan of gritty crime/domestic thrillers.
- Print Length: 235 pages
- Publisher: Hera Books (20 Mar. 2019)
My thanks to Sarah Hardy, Hera Books and Alex Kane for an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.
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