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Received from Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review!
What if you discovered that everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie?
Rylee is fifteen. She comes home from school one afternoon to find the most shocking thing possible – her father dead, with a knife through his heart, and a key clutched in his hand. Her mother’s purse is on the counter, but she appears to be long gone. A message in blood is written on the floor… RUN.
With her brother in tow, Rylee begins a dark journey, one that will uncover horrific and chilling crimes and lead her to an unexpected and gruesome discovery about her real father and what – or who – is behind his insatiable desire to kill. By the journey’s end Rylee’s childhood is a long way behind her…
RUN is the first title in the new Vengeance series, following Rylee as she begins to piece together the story of her life and to avenge unpunished crimes – starting with her own. This is DEXTER with a feisty female protagonist unlike any other in contemporary young adult fiction.
I was immediately drawn to Run because of the synopsis. I love my thrillers! Run is a fast-paced and brutal story.
It centres around Rylee and her younger brother. They are on the run after their father is murdered and their mother has disappeared. They have been prepared for this to happen. The code word in their family for a situation like this was “Run”. Rylee thought she was prepared, but nothing truly prepares her for the truth that will unravel.
I enjoyed Run, and had many ideas throughout about why Rylee and her family were on the run. I wasn’t ever quite right though. The true reason behind the family moving so much and changing identities is very freaky and disturbing.
Rylee is a good protagonist. She’s a strong character, determined to keep her remaining family together and find out what had happened to her mum. I thought she was brave, considering that she was finding out scary things on her own and still remained focused on that one goal of getting her mother back.
I did find some of the content of this book quite disturbing in places. I don’t think it would be suitable for younger readers. Some of the scenes are quite graphic. That just shows how good the writing was. I could picture exactly what was happening! I don’t think I’ll get those images out of my head for a while.
Run is one of those books where it’s best not to know a lot before you read it. Just dive into it and experience it unravelling for yourself.
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