Dead Girl Running

Dead Girl Running

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"I have three confessions to make: 1. I've got the scar of a 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?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781335017437
1335017437
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 24 cm

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kargus
Oct 26, 2018

This is a quick read that I found very satisfying, if a bit cliche. Some of the characters are a bit flat and situations aren't necessarily realistic but make for an engaging read. I found the surprise at the end to disappointing. However, it was a solid way to pass the time during my train commute and I will probably look for more books by this author.

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fashiongirl
Jun 21, 2018

Great story, quick summer read!

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barryandlinda
May 14, 2018

When Cecilia married Gregory as a young girl, she never thought that he would be such an abusive husband. Her cousin, Kellen came to take her away, but Gregory was not going to let her go. He had threatened to kill her and himself I she ever left him. Kellen was going to take Cecilia away and tell her husband. Cecilia was horrified when she went to see what was keeping Kellen. She looked in the window and saw him kill Kellen as blow up the house, killing himself. Cecilia decided to take over Kellen's identity and run away. Now she has a good job and is happy. But someone is killing people at the lodge she works at. She tries to figure out who is doing it, while dealing with feelings and memories from the past. I am hoping that there will be another book after this one.

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maucarden
Feb 08, 2018

Christina Dodd’s latest book, Dead Girl Running (DGR) came up on NetGalley for review. I smugly requested it, thinking this will be easy because they like me, they really like me.
I was refused. I spent days wandering in the wilderness of dive bars, hole in the walls and gin joints seeking solace in demon rum.(work with me here) But a miracle happened and Harlequin reversed itself.
I was delighted and even more so when I finished DGR. The story has several threads running through, all of them centered on former army officer Kellen Adams. Kellen has taken a job at the luxury resort, Yearning Sands, as assistant manager.
When Annie and Leo Di Luca, from the Bella Terra series, and owners of Yearning Sands leave on vacation, Kellen is left in charge of the resort.
There are few guests at Yearning Sands during the dark and stormy nights of January; most of the staff is gone too, seeking sunnier climes during this traditionally slow month.
Guests and staff who are willing to stay through this wild but beautiful time, are horrified when Kellen discovers the remains of a mutilated murder victim on the grounds of Yearning Sands.
A quiet guest outs himself to Kellen, telling her that he is an agent of a small under- the- radar government agency and that the murder could be related to an investigation he is running.
Kellen has her own issues with spouse abuse, stolen identity and a year lost to memory.
Murder at her work place is something she could really live without.
After unexpectedly having to assume the position of security director, Kellen doesn’t know who to trust. The Di Luca’s relent to Kellen’s pleas and send one of their own, Maximilian Di Luca to take over her security duties. Max seems very faintly familiar to Kellen, possibly from her lost year, but he gives no indication of knowing her.
The setting of Yearning Sands is wondrous, the wild Washington Pacific coast, mesmerizing in fair weather, but mad, bad and dangerous to know during the winter months.
On the other had the other hand, Shivering Sands sounds like a dream, every wish catered to by highly trained staff, except for that possible murderous staff member.
But then the sadistic killer could be one of the guests too. There are plenty of choices, with the stakes so high. Kellen quotes something that brings me right back something my mom used to say, “I only trust me and thee, and I’m not too sure about thee. Or me.” So fitting for Kellen’s frame of mind.
Dead Girl Running provides plenty of excitement; and no small amount of “Hmm, I never thought about that” moments.
Ms Dodd bravely tackles with gentle insight the tragedy of spousal abuse. The reader will most likely come away with a greater understanding of the victimology and understand Kellen’s search for family. Any family. Even just a family made up of co-workers.
Only a few quibbles, Kateri Kwinault, Virtue Fall’s Sheriff really only makes a cameo appearance and without Stag!
Also, the ending, that lovely ending, I needed more, a lot more. It’s not a cliff hanger, I just want to continue to know Kellen’s life. DGR is the start of a new series combing Virtue Falls and Bella Terra. So I'm hoping to read much more about Kellen.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now to what address should I ship my first born son?

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