Jessica Barry

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Don't Turn Around

book | Fiction | Jun 2020
US & Canada → HarperCollins (Ed. Sarah Nelson)
UK → Harvill Secker (Ed. Jade Chandler)

322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets.

Midnight. Cait Monaghan and Rebecca McRae are on a desolate road that slices through the New Mexican desert. They've never met before tonight. Both have secrets to protect. Both of their lives are in danger. Both are bound together by a mission they can't afford to fail.​

When a truck pulls up fast behind them, they assume it's punk teenagers or run-of-the-mill road rage, but it soon becomes clear that whoever is driving the truck is hunting them for sport, and they are out to draw blood.

As the miles unspool and the dangers mount, the pasts they've worked so hard to keep buried have come back to haunt them. Someone wants them dead. But given the lives the two women have been leading, that someone could be almost anyone.

If Cait and Rebecca are going to survive, they'll have to learn to trust one another — and
themselves. But trust is a costly business, and they've both paid the price before...​


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This action-packed story will keep readers riveted. 

Publishers Weekly

Barry’s electric, perfectly paced tale reads like the gritty lovechild of Thelma and Louise and Spielberg’s Duel, and readers will cheer for Cait and Rebecca all the way to the end of the road. An action-packed and fiercely feminist big-screen–ready chiller.

Kirkus Review

Barry follows Freefall (2019) with a second propulsive psychological thriller, this time featuring two female characters who find themselves fighting for survival on a terrifying drive through the New Mexican desert . . . Barry delivers hold-your-breath tension, while also addressing highly controversial and relevant women’s issues.


Barry’s latest is a fiercely feminine, continually tense and perfectly paced tale that simply does not let up.

Parade's Best Books of Summer

Barry's adrenaline-fuelled adventure explores the Me Too movement, cancel culture, reproductive rights and white male extremism. Buckle up for a heart-stopping ride.

People Magazine 'Pick of the Week'

Barry excels at plunging readers into her novels from the very start. The thriller races along like the Jeep being chased, while Barry takes her time revealing her secrets, which are surprising and sometimes heartbreaking. The cover tag line is "It's never been so dangerous to be a woman", and Barry precisely taps into timely issues that will resonate with readers, especially female ones. 

Shelf Awareness *Starred review*

Two strangers hit the road in Don't Turn Around, an always-tense psychological chase thriller following two women whose secrets need protecting and someone who's out for blood.

Parade 'Summer's Best Thriller and Mystery Books'

With strong characters and a tense and twisty plot, this is an edge-of-your-seat thriller culminating in a roller-coaster ending.


Taut, suspenseful and intriguing from the off, Don't Turn Around is the kind of psychological thriller you want to read in one sitting.

Culturefly '18 Must Read Books for Summer'

This well-constructed and classy novel should come with a health warning for anyone who enjoys reading about virtuous male characters. 

Literary Review

A powerful story of trust and betrayal, this vivid thriller is an absolute ride.

The Sunday Mirror

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