Friday, March 15, 2013

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Noa has been living on her own since she ran away from her last foster home.  She uses her amazing hacker skills to support herself and has been getting along fine until she wakes up on an operating table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm.  She manages to escape from the facility but the people who put her there are still chasing her and she doesn't know what actually happened to her while she was their captive.  Meanwhile, Peter begins investigating some files in his father's office and soon the front door of his house is broken down by a calm, mysterious man telling him to stop looking or face the consequences.  Peter is the founder of a super secret hacking website so he puts out a message to the best hacker on his site for help - a person who just happens to be Noa.  The more they work together the clearer it becomes that their problems are linked somehow.  They have the skills to bring down the organization that is after both of them, but only if they are able to stay alive long enough to do so.  A quick-moving story that reminded me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, only more pleasing (to me, at least).  The ending makes it clear that Noa and Peter's story is not finished yet.