Don't Turn Around

Don't Turn Around

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In Michelle Gagnon's debut YA thriller, Don't Turn Around, computer hacker Noa Torson is as smart, tough, and complex as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander. The first in a trilogy, Don't Turn Around's intricate plot and heart-pounding action will leave readers desperate for book two. Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side. Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa's talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don't realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who'd stop at nothing to silence her for good.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062102907
  • 9780062102904
  • 451,207

Review quote

"Gagnon's YA debut is a pulse-pounding scary-great read...[that] will have teens begging for more. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for preteens and teens, a surefire hit." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A tight, well-written thriller from a best-selling adult writer. The action and the developments come fast and furious all the way to the end." -- School Library Journal (starred review) "Be prepared to stay up all night reading." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review) "A fast-paced, rip-roaring thriller for all ages." -- Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Gagnon's writing draws readers effortlessly into an adrenaline-packed ride. This is a smart, gripping addition to the growing hacker-action genre with strong appeal to fans of Doctorow's Little Brother and Falkner's Brain Jack." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A sophisticated, mind-bending thriller." -- Katie Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks and The Magnolia League "An action packed, heart-thumping thriller. Clever, exciting and heart-wrenching. It's the kind of book that starts out with a bang and barely gives you time to breathe." -- Publishers Weekly on the audio editionshow more

Back cover copy

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side. Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa's talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation called AMRF threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don't realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who'd stop at nothing to silence her for good. Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will devour the story of Noa, a teen soul mate to Lisbeth Salander.show more

About Michelle Gagnon

Michelle Gagnon has been a modern dancer, a dog walker, a bartender, a freelance journalist, a personal trainer, and a model. Her bestselling thrillers for adults have been published in numerous countries and include The Tunnels, Boneyard, The Gatekeeper, and Kidnap & Ransom. Don't Turn Around, Don't Look Now, and Don't Let Go are her first three novels for young adults.show more

Rating details

4,774 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,235)
4 42% (1,998)
3 26% (1,232)
2 5% (238)
1 1% (71)

Our customer reviews

After a bit of a reading slump, I picked this book up off my shelf and, suffice to say, my reading slump is now over. Don't Turn Around renewed my love for books within the first chapter. Michelle Gagnon grabs you in a vise and doesn't let up ever. This book stole my breath in the best possible way. The moment the book opens with Noa waking up, the action starts and doesn't let up. This book is heavily compared to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and I get the similarities. But Noa is not Lisbeth Salander. While both are tech-savvy geniuses who have lived on their own for a while, Noa has a heart that Lisbeth just never got. Noa is endearing, frustrating, and thrilling. I will say that this story definitely focuses more on plot than characters, but that totally works here. I felt like I had a good grip on the characters-they were engaging, unique, and had chemistry-but the real gem is the plot. Gagnon spares no expense as she dives into the world of corporate and government conspiracies. She creates this complex and intricate plot that weaves together into an ingenious literary knot. I am so thrilled that there will be more books because I did not nearly get my fill of Noa (and Peter-especially Noa with Peter) and this crazy world. I'm usually the girl who has to have a romantic storyline to really fall hard for a story, but that wasn't the case here. Yes, there's some fun moments between Noa and Peter, and I truly hope their relationship evolves through the series, but the story itself was so exciting, I was addicted from the first sentence. Gagnon already had an established fanbase with her adult audience and that it sure to increase significantly with the YA crowd. She wrote a novel that will easily appeal to teens and adults.show more
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