Don't Look Behind You Summary & Study Guide

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Don’t Look Behind You is the story of April Corrigan and her family and their life when they have to enter the Witness Security Program. April is a popular happy 17 year old who appears to have it all. She plays competitive tennis, has a loving boyfriend and is looking forward to going to Duke University. One day she goes to school and her whole world changes.

Her father has been secretly working undercover for the FBI and has been testifying against his boss, who has been smuggling drugs. A hit man has been hired to silence him and threats have been made against his family. The FBI comes and moves the Corrigan family to a hotel where they are told they cannot leave the hotel room or make any phone calls. The time slips by and April misses her prom and is going to also miss her boyfriend’s graduation. After an argument with their bodyguard Jim, April sends her boyfriend a letter and inadvertently gives information that allows Mike Vamp (the hit man) to find the family. Jim saves the family, but is killed in the process.

The family then enters the Witness Security Program and is relocated to Grove City, Florida. The family members deal with their situation differently. Mrs. Corrigan begins drinking in order to cope. April makes new friends but is unable to accept the situation as being her new reality. Mr. Corrigan blames himself but tries to keep his family safe by limiting their public exposure. This means that Mrs. Corrigan cannot write and April can no longer play competitive tennis.

The family then takes an ill-fated trip to Disney World and April meets her old tennis partner and learns that her boyfriend has begun dating her best friend. As a result of this, she agrees to go to a party with her friend Larry, who is trying to make April his girlfriend. She has too much to drink at the party and tells Larry where she is really from and that she has a boyfriend. Larry is angry and suspects that the family is involved in something illegal.

April finally decides she has had enough of her new life and is going back to Norwood, Virginia. She buys a plane ticket and travels home to her grandmother’s house. When she arrives she realizes that the hit man is closer to finding them that she realized and that she is not safe in Norwood. She and her grandmother travel back to Florida, unwittingly bringing the hit man back with them.

Mike Vamp arrives at the new family home, but luckily the rest of the Corrigan family is at the hospital, as Mrs. Corrigan’s drinking has caused her to have a car accident. April manages to outwit Mike Vamp and he is killed. The family then finally accepts their new reality and decides to restart their life somewhere else, but this time to work together and succeed as a family.

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