Review for Run by Becky Johnson

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Title: Run

Author: Becky Johnson

Publisher: Becky Johnson

Pages: 160

Genre: Mystery Suspense

Format: Paperback/Kindle

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A decades old mystery and a deadly game of cat and mouse will change Charlotte Marshall forever.

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.

Book Excerpt:

It’s ironic really, the chain of events that led me here, kneeling in the dirt with a gun to my head.

My tale of woe, if I can be so bold as to call it that, started innocently enough. It started with spelling words and dinner.


As a student I was smart but a horrible speller. (Dyslexia will do that to you.) In order to get me through my spelling test every week, my mother, who naturally was a school teacher, worked with me every night on my spelling words. While I sat at the table working on my spelling, she watched the news and made dinner. It would not be an understatement to say it was the least favorite part of my day. I would sit at the kitchen table wanting to be outside or really just about anywhere else, and write out my words for the week ten times each, then in a sentence, then test myself with flashcards.

Certain, certain, certain. I am certain I do not want to be doing this.

However, however, however.  However, I don’t have a choice…

“Earlier today, police in Cherry Hill responded to a call from local kids at the park…”

Balance, balance, balance. What sentence could I use for balance…? The seal balanced a ball on his nose. Stupid but it would work.

“…the body of an unidentified female adolescent was discovered…”

My attention was caught. Spelling words forgotten.

“…sources say the victim was raped and tortured before she was murdered. Her body was mutilated. Police are asking that anyone…”

What? The words of the newscaster left me feeling unsettled. I knew something bad had happened; for the first time, the world was scary. I knew enough to put that together, but the why left me shaken. Why would someone kill a girl?

“I don’t get it, Mom, what happened?”

Once my mom realized I was talking about the news, the TV was turned off and I was redirected back to my spelling words. I bent back over my spelling words while my mind whirled. I knew there was something different about this story. The unknown girl stuck in my head.

My Review:

It’s difficult to talk about a book you enjoyed without giving out important plot points, but I don’t like to give away details that might ruin the experience for other potential readers. So keeping to my belief, I’ll start out by saying that Run, is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while.

We meet Charlotte Marshall, a quirky writer looking to spark her creative mind with something new and refreshing for her work-in-progress. What she finds instead is a connection to a thirty year old mystery that soon sends her word spiraling into disaster-ville. Struggling to stay one step ahead of a serial killer, Charlotte has no one to trust but her instincts.

Her ordeal seems to be made worse by the fact that no matter where she goes, her stalker appears to know where she is and how to find her.

I was taken aback by how resilient and brave Charlotte was forced to become in the face of adversity. Though clearly terrified, she refuses to meet her end at the hands of this sadistic killer and she uses the journalist in her to find answers as any well-educated detective would. During her ordeal, I could feel her fear, her desperation. Time is running out and there’s a mad man on the loose. What do you do?

Fight back, of course.

I was gripped to the story the whole time. To be perfectly honest, I devoured this book in one afternoon. That’s how good it was. I was looking for a mystery with a hard to guess hook and Run definitely delivered. I was drawn in from chapter 1, and was left guessing who the evildoer was since I casted my vote on the wrong guy.

Two thumbs up for Run. From here I’m moving on to the next book in the series, Stand, which I can’t wait to begin reading.

About the Author: Becky Johnson

Books are Becky Johnson’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, cooking, and makes a pretty mean chili!

Her latest books of the Charlotte Marchall Mysteries series are Run and Stand.

For More Information

  • Visit Becky Johnson’s blog.

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