REVIEW: Don't Look Now (PERSEFoNE #2) by Michelle Gagnon

Title: Don't Look Now
Series:PERSEFoNE #2
Author: Michelle Gagnon
Publisher: Harpercollins
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Pages: 336, Hardcover
Source: Library, Audiobook

Noa Torsen is on the run. Having outsmarted the sinister corporation Pike & Dolan, Noa and her friend Zeke now move stealthily across the country, protecting runaways before they become test subjects for P&D's horrific experiments. Noa knows all too well what that feels like: Whatever they did to her has left her exhausted and scared.

Back in Boston, Peter anxiously follows Noa's movements from his computer, using his hacker skills to feed her the information she needs to stay alive. But he's desperate to do something more, especially when he learns what P&D has done to his ex-girlfriend Amanda.

Then, in an explosive confrontation, Noa and her team are trapped in the one place they thought was safe. It will take everything Noa and Peter have to bring down the corporation before it gets them first. And with no one to trust and enemies hiding at every turn, they may be the only people alive who can.

  • Don't Look Now was just as fast-paced and exciting as Don't Turn Around. You still have your evil corporation performing gruesome experiments on kids. Noa and Zeke have managed to save a few of them, and are now raiding other facilities to rescue more. Meanwhile, Peter is trying to bring down Mason and Amanda is suffering from the aftermath of her abduction. Lots of stuff is going on.

  • The multiple POVs offer constant action as each MC is in the thick of things in one way or another. In addition to Noa and Peter's POVs, Gagnon adds the perspectives of Amanda and Teo, a new recruit. It was great to get to know Amanda better and hear her story, especially considering what is happening to her. 

  • I still really like Noa. She is strong and focused and smart.I like that she trusts her gut feeling, which is usually right. I know she doesn't have the luxury of acting like a normal kid but it would be nice to see some more of her personality outside all of the stress. I think it would make her an even stronger character.

  • I thought the ending was pretty exciting, although a little dragged out.

  • Unfortunately this book has a mild case of middle book syndrome. It was a page-turner but in terms of furthering the plot, I don't feel like the story is in a significantly different place than it was at the end of book 1.

Michelle Gagnon's PERSEFoNE series is a perfect fix for action lovers. It's intriguing and suspenseful and a total page-turner. The second book might not have added to the story as much as I would have liked, but I still had a lot of fun reading it and am looking forward to the next book.

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