Don’t Look Back

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Foreign Sales

Catalan (Grup 62)

Czech (Baronet)

French (J’ai Lu)

German (Heyne Fliegt)

Hebrew (Miskal)

Portuguese, Brazil (Editora Difusao Cultural do Livro)

Russian (AST)

Serbian (Laguna)

Spanish (Maeva)

Praise for Don’t Look Back »

  • “This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.”


  • “With an intriguing premise and a main character who suddenly has a new opportunity to start over, Don’t look back is a haunting and bewitching book that is impossible to put down.”

    Anna López, reader for Maeva. Her literary blog El Cajón de los Girasoles is one of the most popular in Spain.

  • “When you look for a good thriller for young adult readers, you want non stop action, a empathic character, unexpected twists, a deep psychological portrait of the characters, a plausible plot and nothing too bloody. Don’t look back has everything . Sammy is an incredible character, so believable from the stunning first scene, that you simply have to follow her, even if the path is full of danger.”

    Rocío de Isasa, editor of Maeva Young

  • “The most compelling thing about Don’t look back is Sammy’s chance to completely reinvent herself after the traumatic events she is struggling to remember. Her process of growth, of re-evaluating her priorities, of understanding what really matters in life and making amends for past mistakes… It really sets this novel apart from other YA thrillers and gives it a very interesting depth.”

    Marta Armengol, editor of Maeva

Series Reading Order

All Adult Standalones

All Young Adult Standalones

All Anthologies

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