DON'T TURN AROUND by Michelle Gagnon, a review.

When I read the book I had no idea it was categorized as a YA. I loved it from beginning to end. I supposed I should have realized it was a YA because of the lack of bad language and explicit sex scenes. What it did have was a unique and believable plot that gripped me from the very beginning.

The heroine, sixteen year-old-Noa, wakes up on an operating table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm with no idea what’s going on. Her escape is heart-pounding—and it doesn’t take long for her to realize she is being relentlessly pursued. Her computer skills help keep her alive. She teams up with another computer genius, Peter, whose life is also being  threatened.

Continually on the run, these two begin to unravel a most horrendous secret that involves medical experimentation and foster kids. The action is totally non-stop and I couldn’t put it down.

Highly recommended for all ages.

(In the back of the book, Ms. Gagnon talks about how poor our foster care system is. I've definitely seen that in action. We have a foster home for boys near us and when they are 18 they are turned out whether they have some place to go or not. One of the boys who is a bit slow has ended up living with our preacher first and now is with the associate pastor's family.)

I was given this book by Break Through Promotions with no expectations as to whether or not I would review it. I must say, I had no idea whether I'd like it or not and was immediately captivated by Noa, the heroine, and her spirit of survival..



Michelle said…
I'm absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed it!
M.M. Gornell said…
Thanks for the review, Marilyn. Don't Turn Around is now on my TBR list Michelle! (unfortunately a rather long list!)


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