Don’t Turn Around
By Michelle Gagnon
Publication date: Aug. 28, 2012
HarperCollins, 310 pages
Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.
Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.
Filled with action, suspense, and romance, this first book in a new trilogy offers readers nonstop thrills.
— Goodreads.com description
Ooh, a YA thriller. Hi, publishers…more, please!
This is one of my favorite movie genres, and I just loved seeing that frantic, mystery, run-for-your-life vibe translated into a YA novel.
Michelle Gagnon clearly knows what she’s doing in Don’t Turn Around – she’s already published several successful adult thrillers. And the move to YA was a good one for her. The novel’s focus on Internet culture and hacking made it seem a bit more realistic that teens would be caught up in the drama. Nice pacing and constant threats of danger kept me engaged and turning the page.
So I loved the concept and the execution, but despite all that I’ve said, my overall feelings aren’t a complete “wow.” Why? The ending was a bit of a problem, and for spoiler reasons I won’t get into why. But just know that I finished with a slightly bad taste in my mouth, but Gagnon definitely set this up to be a trilogy, so I’m staying hopeful that all will be explained in time.
We shall see!