Friday, February 14, 2020

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Don't Look Down by Hilary Davidson

Today I'm participating in the Don't Look Down Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of the book.  

About the book . . .


Don't Look Down (Shadows of New York Series)
Psychological Thriller
2nd in Series
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 11, 2020)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1542092035
ISBN-13: 978-1542092036
Paperback: 367 pages
ISBN-10: 1542092019
ISBN-13: 978-1542092012
Digital ASIN: B07QBPS9QB

Synopsis . . . From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice, a gripping mystery about a sinister murder that everyone wants to stay buried—except one dogged NYPD detective.

Jo Greaver is a model of success. Young and ambitious, she’s built a thriving beauty business from nothing. But she has secrets she’ll do anything to keep buried. When her blackmailer offers to meet, Jo expects to pay him off—but gets a bullet instead. Bleeding and in shock, Jo flees with no one to turn to.

When NYPD detective Sheryn Sterling and her partner, Rafael Mendoza, find Andray Baxter murdered in his own home—shot through the heart—everything points to Jo as the killer. Her blood is at the scene, and so are disturbing photos of her taken as a young teen. But Sheryn has doubts. Was the kindhearted Andray really a criminal? Why did he repeatedly report finding spyware in his apartment? Was there something shady about Jo’s sister dying a year earlier?

Something’s not right, and it’s up to Sheryn to piece together the sinister puzzle, no matter the cost.

My review . . . From all outward appearances, Jo Greaver is a successful, self-made business woman with a bright future.  No one in her orbit would suspect the traumatic adolescence she endured or the terrible secrets she harbors.  After moving to New York City a decade ago, Jo struggled to make a new life for herself, overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges.  She considered her past long buried, especially when her only remaining link to it—her sister Lori—died of a drug overdose eighteen months ago.  But when a blackmailer contacts her, threatening to expose the very things that can ruin her present life and relationships, Jo's world is turned upside down.  A scheduled rendezvous with the blackmailer goes horribly wrong, placing Jo at the scene of a murder.  Is it possible that this desperate young women has killed a man to safeguard her secrets?

The evidence against Jo appears overwhelming, but it isn't enough to convince seasoned detective Sheryn Sterling of Jo's guilt.  Sterling and her partner Detective Rafael Mendoza undertake an investigation of inconsistencies in the case, leading them to believe that Jo is being framed for murder.  Their investigation—which takes them from the ritzy areas of Gramercy Park and lower Manhattan to the gritty neighborhoods of Hell's Kitchen and Harlemuncovers a series of puzzling clues and a web of deceit.  The detectives discover that Jo isn't the only one hiding explosive secrets, and there are ruthless people who will stop at nothing to protect their interests.

.Don't Look Down is a fast-paced, gripping read.  Its many plot twists and turns are fueled by a set of dastardly characters who conspire, manipulate, blackmail, intimidate, and betray to get what they want, regardless of the consequences.  It's a thrilling fight between good and evil, with the forces of justice combatting brazen lawlessness.  Detectives Sterling and Mendoza, with their interesting chemistry and special rapport, can be counted on to expose the truth.

Don't Look Down is the second book in the Shadows of New York series, but can be read as a stand-alone.  It was my introduction to the series, and turned me into an instant fan.  I plan to read the first installment, One Small Sacrifice, to spend more time in the company of Detective Sterling—a compassionate public servant who fights for the innocent.  In an ideal world, this series would be adapted for television . . . 

Giveaway . . . Enter the Don't Look Down Giveaway of a print copy of the book (U.S. only) by clicking on this link.

About the author . . .  Hilary Davidson is the bestselling author of One Small Sacrifice and the winner of two Anthony Awards. Her novels include the Lily Moore series—The Damage DoneThe Next One to Fall, and Evil in All Its Disguises—and the standalone thriller Blood Always Tells. Her widely acclaimed short stories have won numerous awards and have been featured everywhere from Ellery Queen to Thuglit, as well as in her collection The Black Widow Club


A Toronto-born travel journalist who’s lived in New York City since October 2001, Davidson is also the author of eighteen nonfiction books. Visit her online at

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Blog Tours 

Tour participants . . .
February 4 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
February 5 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW
February 6 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
February 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
February 8 – Diary of a Book Fiend  – REVIEW
February 9 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
February 10 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
February 11 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
February 12 – Diane Reviews Books – SPOTLIGHT
February 12 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
February 13 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT
February 14 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
February 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
February 16 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT
February 17 – Celticlady’s Reviews – REVIEW 

Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Don't Look Down from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Sharing this original post on Twitter and/or other book-related blogs with appropriate recognition is appreciated


  1. Participating in blog tours and book giveaways can so energizing. I hope it is for you.
    This looks like it would be a book I would really enjoy.

  2. I definitely want to read this.