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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2018 Christina Dodd (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Can I have my money back?

This is a romance novel. It might be a good romance novel. But it is a terrible mystery/thriller. It is not clear in the publishers description that this is first and foremost a Romance. I only made it a couple of chapters in, and I should have quit after the first couple of paragraphs. If you are looking for a romance with a bit of mystery, this might be the novel for you, otherwise, steer clear.

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Simply Inspiring!

There are many books among the bookcases in every nook of my home, and though this will not be "seen" on a shelf, my discovery of Audible's audiobooks has made them no less memorable or valued. THIS book, Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd, will be among my treasured books in spirit. Full of twists and turns and a wealth of in-depth, interesting characters and a plot that will keep even the best "detectives" questioning until the very end, I highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed by the investment of your time and energy. Also, the narration by Vanessa Johansson, is superb. All around, a fabulous book. Well done!
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Suspense Interruptus!

It could have been a contender, but did not rise or merge enough, to form a complete picture. Characters and events remained murky.
I clung in high anticipation to the very end, but it remained bits of good episodes, with not enough cohesiveness. The story could have been fleshed out more, in order to come together, in the Reader’s mind.
Spoiler Alert !!!🚨:-I am still trying to puzzle out how Kellen, being alone in the body of the plane at that time, got from the floor where she was desperately clinging with broken, slipping fingers, to the foot of the seat in front of her, to keep from being sucked out through the large opening in the side of the plane ✈️ and into the atmosphere, to sitting upright, strapped in by her seat belt, sucking down oxygen from a yellow oxygen mask. 😰”Dead Girl Running.”

Maybe all will be revealed and come together at the completion of the series? Fingers crossed.

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Corny, cliche

I tried to finish this but it was just too painful. about halfway through, I realized that the characters or entirely one-dimensional with lines and behaviors that were just boring and predictable. it was like an endless string of cliches... just couldn't finish it

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Cheesy and unrealistic

You have to totally suspend all belief to enjoy this book. Seriously. And the narrator doesn’t do it any favors. She had a flat affect which makes the main character unlikeable. This is a fluff read. Not serious. And so cheesy. But it entertained me enough that I finished it. Wouldn’t listen to again.

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Good idea, but not well written

The idea of the story was great. I enjoyed the characters and where it took place. I was in the military as was my husband and the constant mention of her service with the wrong terminology was REALLY ANNOYING. No one calls it the war zone, we call it down range..
I would have like a few more chapters to wrap up the weird ending, it wasn't quite enough information.

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Ridiculous Story!

I've read a number of Christina Dodd books, including the Virtue Falls series. I've always found her characters a bit odd, and her storylines clumsy, but enjoyed the stories enough to read her again. Big mistake. While the setting for this book is interesting, and the plot and characters had potential, the whole story is laid out so awkwardly that it was hard to keep everything straight. There are missing pieces to the main character's memory, and these missing pieces are doled out throughout the book at odd times, and with no apparent explanation as to why they came back to her. The final pieces of that puzzle are presented in a big info dump at the end, and are so preposterous as to defy anyone's ability to suspend disbelief. And don't get me started on the abrupt and dissatisfying final scene.
I lost count of how many times I thought (or sometimes called out), "what the heck?" when a new and unconvincing plot twist was introduced. As my husband said, it was almost like the book was written by committee. And not successfully.

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Waste of time

Awful. Way too much going on.....and a ridiculous story. What a big waste of time!

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Something off about this book

I do not know what it was about this book, but it did not seem up to par with Christina Dodd's other books. I absolutely fell in love with her books with the first Virtue Falls book and have listened to them all, but this book just seemed off. I kept thinking I missed parts (explanations or parts of story lines seemed missing). Some of the dialect was very stilted also. It may have been somewhat due to the narrator, but not all. The little "mental summary" that the main character kept on other characters was a turn off also. So sad, but will probably have to get the next one just to get the answers to the questions this one left me with.

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A little confusing but very good

It does not matter if you are reading the book or listening to the audio version the chronology was very hard to follow. The jumps from past to present were necessary to the story development but it was very confusing. It would take a couple minutes with each jump to figure out if you were in the past or the present. Simply stating the month and year when in the past and “present day” with each jump would have made the transition completely seamless. I gave the story a 4 star rating because of that omission.

Vanessa Johansson is a great narrator and gave a flawless performance.