Charlotte has a good life: friends, family, a successful career. Her perfect life is destroyed when research for a book and a connection from her past plunges her into the middle of her worst nightmare.
On the run, with no one to trust, Charlotte begins to unravel the work of a sadistic murderer. Afraid and alone, she will learn the meaning of trust and just when to run.
I found the premise of this book so engaging because the MC in this thriller is an author, and some of her more quirky habits reminded me of myself and the way my thought processes tend to function. The idea that someone who writes novels for a living can use that analytical part of their minds to connect the dots between similar murders felt kind of empowering. I almost gave myself a pat on the back and then had to remember I wasn't the one being the genius, the fictitious MC had all of the smarts.
Charlotte is a likable, strong character who never seems to give up, though the odds are stacked against her. I hate reading books where people can't seem to figure out how to stay hidden. I don't see how people in this day and age wouldn't consider cell phones and credit cards as traceable. So it was refreshing to have Charlotte use a little common sense in avoiding her pursuer.
There were a few things about the novel that I struggled with. The writing seemed a bit choppy and rushed. I felt like the plot was a little linear with no real meat on its bones. I think the characters could have had some added depth and development. The relationship between Charlotte and the FBI agent felt a bit superficial when you consider what they experienced together.
I liked this book quite a bit, but I was having a hard time figuring out why it left me feeling flat. The best way I can think to describe it is that it needed more meat, like it was a rough draft and needed to be fleshed out.
There is true promise here with great build-up and lots of tension. I think, for the most part, fans of thrillers will be entertained with this first installment.
I gave it 3.5 cherry blossoms!
Run is Becky Johnson’s first published novel, but not her first book. Books are Becky’s passion and always have been. She used to get in trouble in school for reading during class! Becky has Master’s degrees in social work and history, and for her day job she is a social worker. In her writing she tries to answer a question that is important to both social work and history: Why? She always wants to know why people do the things they do or feel the way they feel. When not reading or writing she enjoys yoga, running, cooking, and makes a pretty mean chili!