Never Look Back is the kind of classic, atmospheric mystery I love. Written by a master of the genre, Mignon G. Eberhart, in 1951, you really are immersed into the time and place. The heroine is married to the son of a very wealthy man. They have been separated for a while but she comes back to New York from Europe to see if they can reconcile. The fact that the wealthy father entrusts her with his money but does not entrust his son with any makes a potentially lethal situation.
This is a creepy mystery with a pervading sense of darkness and gloom but it isn’t heavy. We all know our heroine is in trouble but don’t know where it’s going to come from. It will leave you looking over your shoulder in dark rooms. The conclusion does not disappoint.
The creepy atmosphere and the setting are what makes this such a good read. There are great descriptions of New York City and the people who make up high society. I absolutely love the descriptions of the penthouse and country house that belong to the family. This is the kind of luxury and affluence that most of us never see. An interesting picture of the life of the uppercrust in the 40’s and 50’s.
Mignon G. Eberhart is truly an author worth revisiting.