When US Army veteran Kellen Adams applied for the assistant
manager position at the Yearning Sands Resort, nothing would
have prepared her for the harrowing time that was to follow
when the remains of a dead woman were dug up on the
premises. Kellen has come a long way from when she escaped
from the claws of her -- hopefully late -- husband. Kellen
participates in the investigation of the murder victim, but
she must also make sure that her secrets don't resurface
and ruin her new life at the resort. When she started at the
resort, Kellen brought along some former Army teammates; she
knows they will have her back in a combat situation but are
they to be trusted otherwise?
Some books are difficult to review because the first thing
that comes to mind is: "This is a terrific book, you must
read it!", and DEAD GIRL RUNNING is one of those. The
premise sounded very exciting, and the first chapter
convinced me it would be a fabulous read, and I was right!
DEAD GIRL RUNNING is one of the most intricately plotted
thrillers I have read, and Kellen Adams is a heroine to die
for! The pace is relentless, and the characters are
extremely complex and so well- written that, like Kellen, I
was never quite certain who was trustworthy and who wasn't.
There are so many layers to DEAD GIRL RUNNING: the discovery
of the dead woman uncovers unsuspected activities in the
resort, but there are also Kellen's forgotten year, her
past, and her fear that her new home- the resort -- could
resurrect her worst nightmares, and are the current events
tied to her missing memories in any way?
Christina Dodd's masterful writing disappears behind her
characters, she breathes life into them and lets them tell
their story. Kellen is a heroine I could really cheer for:
the skills she acquired in the Army are considerable, but
what makes her exceptional is that she will fight with
everything she's got so that no one takes away what she has
worked so hard to achieve, and she will protect those she
loves with all her might. Ms. Dodd gradually reveals bits
and pieces of Kellen's past in flashbacks, which blended
impeccably with the present timeline.
Most little girls grow up on fairytales, I grew up on murder
mysteries, and Christina Dodd had me completely baffled as
to who was involved in the crimes. No little detail was
neglected, and the explanations for Kellen's amnesia and
the reason for her scar were well thought- out. DEAD GIRL
RUNNING is a book to bury yourself into and come up for air
only when absolutely necessary.
I have three confessions to make:
1. I've got the scar of gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don't remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams...and that's half a lie.
Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a
husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear.
Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager
of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast.
There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she
hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's
dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own
secrets while investigating first one murder...then another.
Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly
face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to
defend her job, her friends and the place she's come to call
home. Yet she wonders--with the scar of a gunshot on her
forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own
past--could the killer be staring her in the face?