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She brings her research to the FBI. She speaks with Special Agent in Charge Jack Moore. He and another agent show an interest in what she’s found. Shortly after, she gets attacked. Did the FBI have a leak? How else would she now be the target of this monster? Now she needs to determine who she can trust. She can’t run forever.
Run is a quick read (160 pp) told in first person narrative by Charlotte Marshall. Just a tad slow at the beginning but it quickly picks up and continues to move at a fast pace. There is sort of a paranormal aspect. In Charlotte’s dreams, the girls come to her and give her clues as well as warnings. The character personalities are well defined, even that of Charlotte’s dog, Max, and her cat, Kitty. The book’s contents are listed in dates and times so the reader can quickly see that in total, the story goes from March 14, 2012 to April 9, 2012. The book is a complete story in itself, but leaves an opening into the book Stand which follows. Rating: 4 out of 5.
(This review may contain spoilers).
I've wavered a little about how many stars to give this book. It has three stars because, although it grabbed me and tugged me into the storyline, I did feel that there was an awful lot of summarising in this book.
The blurb of the book sounded really intriguing. I like thrillers and this book promised to be really intense to read. In many ways, it was. It pulled me into the world and I could relate well to Charlotte, being a budding writer myself.
The biggest problem I had was the fact that I couldn't figure out exactly how the FBI had missed what was apparently so obvious to Charlotte. I think that's something that could be shown as believable... but it wasn't explored in such a way that it should have been.
Towards the beginning, I found Charlotte really easy to identify with. There were a couple of things she came out with that made me smile... and it was good to see the original trigger, when she was a child, of how she came to be researching the murders as an adult.
I had a lot of trouble with the suspects that Charlotte had. I think my biggest problem was the fact that she could apparently just look at all of the information about the FBI agents really easily. Although knowing about the agents would be easier than, say, accessing their restricted files, I'm not sure it would be that easy to go to a random spot and access all of the information about the agents.
I found it interesting to see how Charlotte felt about the girls. I was a bit confused about the dreams she had and whether they were supposed to be supernatural, or just her mind figuring things out. I did think that her dreaming about the murders because she was so close to them made sense, though.
Apart from Charlotte, I felt a lot of the characters came across as quite one-dimensional. There didn't seem to be much time spent developing them, or their relationship to Charlotte.
This book was really quite intense to read and it kept my attention really well throughout. That having been said, this book did read more like a summary than an actual novel. I don't think I'd read any more books in the series unless they had a lot of editing go into them.
This is a fairly short story that I finished in just under two and a half hours but it was two and a half hours well spent. The story wasn't perfect and felt a bit stilted in places. Having said that, I found myself really getting into it. I love a good thriller and liked the idea that Charlotte tried to keep herself as off the radar as possible while failing to realise just how much of a Big Brother society we live in.
Unfortunately I had a hard time believing that an ordinary civilian could connect the dots between the murders spanning thirty years within a few days when the FBI couldn't do it in a three decades but it isn't a major criticism. I also didn't particularly warm to Charlotte either but it didn't stop me becoming immersed in the story.
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Charlotte remembers seeing a news story when she was younger, and is reminded of that when she starts doing some research for a new book. She stumbles upon what looks like a serial killer that no one has noticed yet. Over the years girls have been abducted and killed and no one has made the connection between them until Charlotte.
When Charlotte gets all her information in order she goes to the FBI to turn it over to them. She expects that to be the end of her involvement, only that is only the beginning. Shortly thereafter someone tries to get her and she is forced to run.
I did enjoy reading about her on the run. I loved how she tried to be smart about it, moving around and trying to make it so no one could find her. She isn't sure who to trust so she doesn't trust anyone until she has to. She can only go so far by herself, and really some of the info she acquires I find hard to believe would be that easy to access. Some of it was a bit unrealistic, but it was still fun. I just wish the writing wouldn't have been so stagnant for me so I would have really gotten into the story.
The ending was a bit too easy in a way, but eh. That was fine as it was just a light read for me. There is an obvious glaring problem that they don't address, but I think that is being left for the second book. It was just odd that it didn't come up after everything went down. One thing I did like **slight spoiler ahead** was that Charlotte and Jack, the FBI agent she works with, don't end up in love at the end. A lot of times author will throw people together like this, but I was pleasantly surprised when this one did not. It wouldn't have made a lot of sense if they would have gotten together so I enjoyed that. So it was an alright read, not as amazing as it could have been, but fun.
This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland
Charlotte Marshall is a writer who is experiencing writers block. She has to turn in her work on her new book and she is having a tough time being creative. She remembers hearing about a murdered girl from when she was younger and decides to research that murder in the hopes it will help her writers block. The more she researches, the more young women she finds have been murdered. After extensive research and organizing, Charlotte is convinced that all those deaths were committed by a serial killer. Although the killings took place in various locations in the country and over a long period of time, the victims all resembled each other and were found easily. She goes to the FBI with her concerns and theories but they are not believers. Then Charlotte is attacked and the attacker talks about the murdered girls, his “babies” and tells Charlotte he will show her what he did to them. She manages to escape and goes on the run, scared for her life. She does not know who to trust, because the only people who knew about her theory were her two best friends and the FBI. She knows she can trust her friends, so that means someone within the FBI must be the serial killer. How will she ever prove she is right and save herself?
I really enjoyed reading about Charlotte. She is witty and quirky and rather OCDish. She is caring and smart and funny. I loved reading about her television watching comparisons to what was happening in her life. She seems real to me and is someone I would like to know.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The suspense continues to build until the end and I found myself turning pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced well plotted mystery suspense. Like I said before, it is hard to believe this a debut novel. I am very impressed with the writers ability to create tension and suspense. I am looking forward to reading more books written by Becky Johnson.
This author has you quaking in fear right along with the main character Char. She has no one to trust since she went to the FBI for help, only to be attacked soon after. She doesn't how she can go about finding the someone who can help her stay alive while the perpetrator is always on her heels.
This is a must read!
In spite of a couple of strong set-pieces, the bad guy never feels like a serious threat to the narrator and the reveal of his identity is a bit underwhelming. This is mostly because the narrator is able to move and research with relative ease aside from the initial events that drive her on the run and some boo-scares throughout.
The resolution suffers from being a bit rushed and for not addressing one of the major (possible) red herrings introduced that seemed so important as to be pivotal to this story. It seems as if it might be a dangling thread meant to lead into a sequel (which I think this character could support), but I also think this thread needed to be a bit more fleshed out and/or addressed in this book as it comes across as a bit of a bait and switch as it stands.
Still, this is a very readable first novel, and the author makes some interesting choices that distinguish her narrator as a strong and unconventional heroine.