Eve Hardaway, mother of one, and just left by her husband decides to take the trip of a lifetime. She goes to Oaxaca in the southern part of Mexico to enjoy rafting and hiking in company of a few other tourists to a small resort run by a Mexican couple.
She is immediately flung into the adventure of her life when she spots a man living alone in the Jungle near the resort area. While peering at him, she finds a camera, picks it up and takes it with her back to her group. She also finds a prescription bottle with the name Teresa Hamilton on it.
From this chance sighting and the picking up of Hamilton’s property Hurwitz accelerates the pace of the book to breakneck speed. The man she sighted does not want to be seen by anyone and begins a campaign against Eve’s group involving murder and terror. A sudden violent storm wipes out all roads and in effect closes down the area leaving Eve and her group at the mercy of a dangerous predator who proves that he will stop at nothing to keep his presence there a secret.
The group realizes that he has already killed Teresa Hamilton and they are at his mercy with no way out or any means to call for help due to the damage caused by the storm. The book leads the reader through a maze of secrets and terror. A definite all nighter with answers seeming to elude everyone and leading to mayhem and all powering fear.
Who is the man living there? What does he want to do? Questions that Hurwitz answers logically and keeping the reader pasted to the book.
Good book, great plot, well fleshed out characters and Greg Hurwitz continues his record of engrossing fiction.
8/14 Paul Lane
DON’T LOOK BACK by Gregg Hurwitz. St. Martin’s Press (August 19, 2014). ISBN 978-0312626839. 400p.