Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout
Official rating for this book: 4 out of 5 stars.
I enjoyed this change of pace from Jennifer Armentrout (which I will refer to as JLA in this review). I adore JLA, I love her Lux and Covenant series, her new book White Hot Kiss, and all of her New Adult books. I just didn’t love this one.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Don’t Look Back is the story of Samantha, a girl who finds herself on a road with no memory as to how she got there, or even who she is. Samantha had to be told her own name in the hospital, where she met her parents (AWKWARD!). Apparently, Samantha had gone missing four days before she was found, along with her best friend Cassie, who has yet to be found. As Samantha gets reacquainted with her old life, she finds she does not like the girl she used to be. The old Samantha was Queen B of her high school and a terrorizing bitch, but new Samantha is not like this at all and is horrified when learning about her atrocious past behavior. On top of all of this, Samantha gets the paranoid feeling she’s being followed, and when mysterious notes begin to appear warning her about her memories, it becomes clear that remembering the past may lead to the ending of Samantha’s future.
What I liked about the book: I never really knew who the mysterious killer was. JLA did a fantastic job of casting doubt at all of the side characters and as the reader, I never knew who to trust. Samantha’s struggle to determine whether or not her past defines who she is in the present was also wonderful. I liked the idea of her getting a second chance to make amends and to become a better person, despite having to overcome some pretty awful circumstances which got her there (like the memory loss). I also liked Carson as the romantic interest, but I miss me some cocky arrogant love interest like JLA usually writes.
What I didn’t like: Maybe it’s because I hold a high standard to all of JLA’s work, being that she’s one of my favorite authors, but I kind of expected more from this book. It felt like something was missing. For me, I think it was that lack of the author’s sense of humor that I adore in all of her other books. Granted this was a more serious subject, but a little more lightness added in might have been better.
Overall, I still really liked this book. A great change of pace for the author, switching to mystery and thriller instead of paranormal romance. Bravo JLA!