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Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Don't Turn Around (edition 2012)

by Michelle Gagnon

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Title:Don't Turn Around
Authors:Michelle Gagnon
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
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As they say this was a thrill ride, no really I really liked it. It reads like I was watching a movie. I could see and feel the urgency of the scenes. Of course the thing the book has over watching on a screen whether big or small is that I was able to get into the character's head. I knew what drives them and makes them tick.

The suspense, mystery and adventure Noa and Peter encountered in the story, separately and eventually together made me nervous, and captivated. I thought the concept and storytelling were great. A really good nail biting read. ( )
  GigisIrieReads | Oct 22, 2016 |
Noa is a young woman who has spent most of her life in foster care and occasional stints at juvie. Along the way she managed to learn computer hacking and has set up a fictional family online to allow her to exist on her own. She did support work for a computer company to create a nest egg. Her skills were such that the company didn't mind ever seeing her in person. Everything went upside down, however, when she woke up one day on an operating table with no memory of how she got there. A healing scar on her abdomen was troubling. She managed to escape but now has to live in hiding, tough to do in today's connected world.

Peter is a young man, also with great computer skills, who is curious about a program he couldn't break called Persefone into that he found on his father's computer. He gets in contact with Noa and the two of them get involved in a sinister story of human experimentation and exploitation of orphaned youths.

The audio version of this book is narrated by Merritt Hicks who did a good job of it. The only gripe I had was that she didn't pause one iota when the action shifted from one character to another. It was no problem since The characters' names were given before confusion could set in.

Likened to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, parallels include computer hacking, foster care, and a good amount of action. An independent and highly intelligent young woman takes on an evil corporation. ( )
  mamzel | Jul 24, 2016 |

I received a free pre-read copy of the Dutch translation for a group read on www.crimezone.nl. Thank you!

Nederlandse versie onderaan!

This is the first part in the new YA-series Project PERSEFoNE. The story is incredibly fast, which makes it very hard to put down, but also left me almost exhausted just thinking about all the running they have to go through. There's a lot running, escaping and explosions in this book. It reads very fast this way, but unfortunately, it also makes that there is very little time for character development...

In the middle, things slow down a bit and some things get explained. Though there are many questions left. It ends again action packed, and it is sure you can't read this book as a standalone, you'll have to continue because a) the book just kind of stopped in the middle of things, it's very obvious that the story hasn't ended, and b) very few questions are answered, so I hope that more answers will come in the next book of this series.


Ik heb dit boek mogen lees als onderdeel van de YAleesclub van Crimezone.

Het eerste deel in een nieuwe snelle YA serie, is het begin zeker niet slecht. Het verhaal gaat ontzettend snel, waardoor het nauwelijks weg te leggen is. Rennen/vluchten, explosies, het zit er allemaal in. Halverwege is het misschien even iets minder een actiefilm, maar tegen het einde toe neemt het weer toe. Hoewel het hierdoor heel makkelijk en snel leest, neemt het ook een groot deel van de diepgang die dit boek had kunnen hebben weg.

Dit boek is absoluut niet afzonderlijk te lezen van de rest van de serie, er is aan het eind van het eerste boek nog bijna niets opgelost, en je wilt toch echt wel weten hoe het afloopt. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Sequel: Don't look now.
  Bookman1954 | Feb 17, 2015 |
I've read all her adult mysteries so I thought I'd give her first foray into YA fiction a try. Plus it's a thriller and it's set in Boston.

The two main characters are Noa and Peter, they're both teens and both hackers, but after that their lives are quite disparate. Noa's a foster kid and has been for most of her life, while Peter is a private school kid who lives in a posh neighborhood, and he's a guy who's getting read to be a Legacy at Harvard. Still, their lives come crashing together.

Noa wakes up on a gurney and finds she's lost weeks of her life. Meanwhile Peter snoops in his father's stuff and searches for the wrong thing online and he gets a visit from quite the goon squad. And so the thriller starts for both of them.

And it is a pretty good thriller. I was never quite sure when they'd be caught vs. when they'd get away, not to mention who would die and who would survive.

There was also quite the diverse set of characters in the story, and each of them was unique. I especially liked Cody, and I thought the relationship between Amanda and Peter was something that isn't often seen in especially YA books, and older girl and younger guy in a relationship.

Then there was Boston, and the surrounding area. I just don't get how she gets nearly everything about Boston fine, calling it the T instead of the MTA (a different story set in Boston did that over and over, drove me crazy) and heck, she even used the word wicked in the correct New England way in the beginning, and yet, she did one of my pet peeves. She had Noa, who had supposedly grown in and around Boston think, "She didn't know this section of Boston well... Cambridge was dominated by the Harvard Campus". (pg. 98). Well, duh, of course they wouldn't be looking for her there, Cambridge and Boston are two different cities... I guess maybe she did it on purpose, but, somehow I doubt it. Ugh. They're two different cities, with a freakin' river between them. *sigh* ( )
  DanieXJ | Nov 25, 2014 |
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This is a fast-paced and inventive novel—especially the opening and closing sections.
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one narcissus among the ordinary beautiful
flowers, one unlike all the other! She pulled,
stooped to pull harder--
when, sprung out of the earth
on his glittering terrible
carriage, he claimed his due.
It is finished, No one heard her.
No one! She had strayed from the herd.

(Remember: go straight to school.
This is important, stop fooling around!
Don't answer to strangers. Stick
with your playmates. Keep your eyes down.)
This is how easily the pit
opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground.

                         --Rita Dove, "Persephone, Falling"
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When Noa Torson woke up, the first thing she noticed was that here feet were cold.
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After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.

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