Today is my tour stop for Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann.
Ethan Faulkner has been trying to move on from his past for years, but the past won’t let go of him. Always readily available to help his younger sister, Susannah who was and still is not easy to handle, Ethan doesn’t know that she has not let go of the past either.
This was such a wild read! I wanted to know what happened the night that Ethan’s parents were killed right off the bat, but you have to wait for the full story. Then you throw in Marisa who was supposed to be Ethan’s one night stand at a conference, but ends up taking a teaching position at the same school he works at. I didn’t understand how she fit into his life, and if she had something to do with the night of the murders. That is also a question that is answered toward the end. The author does a stand up job of making you wait when all you want is more!
A story of how far a family will go to protect one another while seeking revenge on those who have harmed them the most. There is something that draws me to books about family vengeance!
Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours, Author Christopher Swann and Crooked Lane Books for my #gifted copy.
Book Rating: 4/5
Wine Pairing: Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Ethan Faulkner is a precocious child with a brilliant but troublesome sister, a war vet for a father, and a weary mother trying to manage their family. One night a young woman rings their doorbell, desperate to hide from two men who are pursuing her, when one of the two barges in after her. The struggle leaves both of Ethan’s parents dead.
Years later, Ethan has a successful teaching career and a budding relationship with a coworker. But he hasn’t quite followed through on his promise to his dying father–to take care of his sister. Susannah is not an easy person to keep tabs on, is a handful even when the tabs are kept, and quite frankly, Ethan wants her to suffer for preventing him from getting to his dad before he died all those years ago.
It was a long time ago and Ethan tries to put all of it behind him. But that’s easier said than done. When news of a brutal murder breaks with evidence pointing to Ethan as the prime suspect, all the painful memories of his past come rushing to meet him. Lyrically conveyed with emotion and nuance, Never Turn Back is a powerful story about family, vengeance, and how some actions echo through the years with irreparable consequences.