Never Turn Back Tour – Review

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About the Book

Release Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

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.

Praise for Never Turn Back

The past comes back—with a vengeance—to bite a good-hearted teacher and his brash, broken sister in Swann’s excellent latest. I loved this twisty, sexy, fast-paced thriller.”—Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Never Have I Ever

“Christopher Swann never disappoints. Swann’s unmistakable voice catapults this suspenseful story to the finish line, one dark secret at a time. A must-read.” —J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Good Girls Lie

“An intelligent and layered mystery that had me burning through the pages. The balance of darkness and redemption without losing a bit of the tightrope tension is a skill most writers achieve only after an entire career.” —Brian Panowich, award-winning author of Bull Mountain

“Christopher Swann understands the dread that an incidental glance, a casual comment, silence between two characters can conjure. And it’s with this delicate but sure touch that he tells the story of a man trying to make sense of his violent past and prevent it from destroying the new life he’s built.” —Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Until the Day I Die


What better time to read a thriller than right now? Wait, I take that back, *than this year.* I mean, we’re basically living in one! But if you’re feeling like you need something to set you on the edge of your seat, give you some major suspense, and actually give you a great cast of characters (and a doggy!) then this is the one for you!

Now, this one is set up just like how I like my thrillers because it’s a “slow” start. And what I mean by that is that it sets everything up so carefully and lures you in, then SNAPS and everything gets turned on its head. So you read it waiting for that ball to drop and it just heightens the suspense for me. And I think it just elevates the story because you become so invested in it and a big mind twist at that point isn’t just for the sake of a twist but truly adds something to the story.

And even though I say this one is slow I mean it’s not slow at all. It will hook you right from the first page and you will become invested in all of the characters and what may or may not happen to them. And there is a strong mystery element to this story, which is something I always love to see!

About the Author

Christopher Swann is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Shadow of the Lions, published in 2017 by Algonquin, was his debut novel.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 2nd – Girl Loves Dogs Books Wine

Oct. 2nd  – Always With A Book –

Oct. 4th – David L Morgan

Oct. 5th – Lindas Book Obsession

Oct. 6th – Noor The Bookworm

Oct. 6th – Nurse Bookie

Oct. 7th – Megs Book Club

Oct. 8th – Dani Reads

Oct. 9th – Christina Stephanie Reads

Oct. 9th – Well Read Traveler

Oct. 10th – Sealed With A Book

Oct. 13th – Gingers Book Club

Oct. 14th – Mrs Boom Reads 

Oct. 14th– Ya It’s Lit

Oct. 16th – Niks Nook

Oct. 16th – Reading With Mere-

Oct. 19th – Bookish With Wine

Oct. 20th –  2 Babes And A Bookshelf

Oct. 21st – Bryant Park Books

Oct. 22nd – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader –

Oct. 23rd – Books Are Magic Too

Oct. 24th – Love My Books 2020

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*