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Dead Run

by P. J. Tracy

genre: crime, suspense

A classic race against time novel! Find out why I gave it 3 out of 5 stars!


(Taken from Goodreads)

Something terrible has happened in Four Corners, and the complete absence of life and severed phone lines in every building make it impossible to get help. Grace, her senses honed by a lifetime of justifiable paranoia, sees the sinister in every detail, and her intuition barely saves all three of them when they witness a horrifying double murder. Grace, Annie, and Sharon are suddenly running for their lives, while the rest of the Monkeewrench crew, along with Minneapolis cops Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, strike out on a blind search to find them.


I picked this novel up for $1 from a second-hand book sale. I took it with me to read on the plan to Europe. I read it a month or two ago but forgot to review it. There’s a reason why…

I really like how fast the book was. I like most crime books because they have a strong focus on plot and speed. Which at times, is all I want. I don’t want to CARE too much, I just want to be gripped by what-happens-next. Unfortunately, this novel didn’t tug at any heartstrings or make me contemplate any deep ideas.

While reading it, I realised that it must have been part of a series, the third actually. They referred to many of the character’s past and consequently, numerous moments between characters went over my head. I was very curious about the three women’s pasts and sadly they didn’t elaborate. I think I would have to read the previous’ novels to find out more.

A few of the interactions felt a little false. One of those ‘ah yes, I’m reading fiction’ moments. They had a few gender stereotype incidents and jokes which only irk me. But overall it was a decent crime novel. It held me to the end even if I didn’t care much for the characters or felt I had gained some deeper knowledge after finishing it. A quick, action-packed read!

3 out of 5 stars

This book is for you if you:

  • Want a fast read.
  • Love race-against-time novels.
  • Don’t mind jumping into a series.

This book is not for you if you:

  • Want to start the series from the beginning.
  • Love watching characters develop and relationships bloom.
  • Want thought-provoking content.

 Ermisenda Alvarez

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