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Alison Gaylin Book Launch for "Never Look Back"

The Golden Notebook is again proud to anounce our exclusive Book Launch of her latest mystery NEVER LOOK BACK.

Reading and discussion at our store followed by a party! Pre-orders are open at bottom of this page!

 NEVER LOOK BACK by Edgar Award-nominated and USA Today bestselling author Alison Gaylin (to be published on July 2) is an absorbing, addictive tale of psychological suspense reminiscent of the bestsellers of Laura Lippman and Harlan Coben.

Alison Gaylin is known for her well-drawn characters and emotionally driven, psychological suspense. She’s been recognized by top award committees in the genre; her most recent novel, If I Die Tonight (2018) was just nominated for an Edgar® Award for Best Paperback Original. And She Was (2012) was honored with the Shamus Award and What Remains of Me (2016) won the RT Suspense Award and was nominated for an Edgar® and the Strand Book Award. Gaylin’s novels have also won high praise from her contemporaries including Megan Abbott and Jennifer McMahon who call her writing “exhilarating” and “richly atmospheric.”

Now, Alison Gaylin delivers again with a captivating story of murder, deception, and family secrets. Anyone who was addicted to NPR's podcast, Serial, will love the premise of this novel, which features a podcast called Closure that investigates a murder spree committed by two teens in the 1970s. The case Gaylin so skillfully weaves in the novel is loosely based on a true crime from the 1950s: that of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate. Starkweather was eighteen when he went on a two-month killing spree in Nebraska and Wyoming, accompanied by his fourteen-year-old girlfriend Fugate.  

In NEVER LOOK BACK, teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy terrorized Southern California's Inland Empire for thirteen days in 1976, killing a dozen victims before perishing themselves in a fire... or did they?  More than forty years later, twentysomething podcast producer Quentin Garrison blames his troubled upbringing on the murders. And after a shocking message from a source, he has reason to believe April Cooper may still be alive.

Meanwhile, New York City film columnist Robin Diamond is coping with rising doubts about her husband and terrifying threats from internet trolls. But that's nothing compared to the outrageous phone call she gets from Quentin... and a brutal home invasion that makes her question everything she ever believed in. Is Robin's beloved mother a mass murderer? Is there anyone she can trust? Told through the eyes of those destroyed by the Inland Empire Killings—including Robin, Quentin, and a fifteen-year-old April Cooper—NEVER LOOK BACK asks the question: How well do we really know our parents, our partners—and ourselves?


About the authorUSA Today and international bestselling author ALISON GAYLIN has been nominated for the Edgar four times – most recently this year in the paperback original category for If I Die Tonight. She has also won the Shamus and RT Reviewers Choice awards, and has been nominated for the Anthony, ITW Thriller and Strand Book Awards. Her books are published in several countries, including the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Romania and the Netherlands. She lives with her husband and daughter in Woodstock, New York. You can follow Alison on Twitter @alisongaylin and learn more at

Event Date: 
Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
29 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
Never Look Back: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062844545
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 2nd, 2019