Book Review: Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell

Title: Don’t Turn Around
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 24 April 2015

Twitter: @Caroline_writes 

Rating: 4 out of 5 


You don’t know him. But he knows you. 

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him. 

As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.

When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …

With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves. 

A heart-stopping supernatural thriller to engross fans of Rachel Abbott, Paul Finch and James Oswald. 


Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Don’t Turn Around for review.After seeing the cover on Twitter, I knew that this was a book that I would want to read and it did not disappoint!

Don’t Turn Around is a crime thriller with a paranormal twist. Obsessive-compulsive DC Jennifer Knight is investigating a string of murders which have a copy-cat element to those that her mother investigated many years previously. However, it appears that there may be something more sinister at play than a straightforward copy-cat killer. Matters become personal for DC Knight as she starts to receive silent phone calls, her house is broken into and she has the feeling that someone is watching her… is she about to be the next victim?
I liked the unusual mix of the police procedural novel and the paranormal elements. It really does make for a suspenseful and thrilling story. The plot line was well thought-out and tied up very nicely in the end, but not without some great twists on the way! The story jumps from the current investigation to the past investigation to great effect.
The story is told from a dual perspective which adds depth to the storyline. It was interesting to read the events from the villain’s viewpoint as well as from the cop’s viewpoint.
The characters are interesting. DC Jennifer Knight is strong-willed, determined and very intuitive (i.e. psychic). I would like to have learnt a bit more about Knight’s past in order to understand her better. Knight’s partner, Will, is loyal and likeable – the strong and stable type. The new PC, Ethan, is charming but mysterious. Finally, villainous Frank, is disturbed and just plain creepy – the sort character that, as a reader, we love to hate.
I very much enjoyed Don’t Turn Around. It is well written with a gripping plot and a great flow to the story. I’m looking forward to reading Caroline Mitchell’s next offering.

About the Author

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Five years ago Caroline and her family encountered real life paranormal activity in their home. Paranormal Intruder is her best selling true story.
Caroline’s new novel, Don’t Turn Around has recently been published by Bookouture in a three book deal as part of her DC Jennifer Knight series. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline’s experience in both the police and the paranormal. To find out more please subscribe at

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