DEAD GIRL RUNNING By Christina Dodd

SYNOPSIS

I HAVE THREE CONFESSIONS TO MAKE:

  1. I’ve got a 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. Kellens 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?

MY REVIEW

I have loved Christina Dodds books for many years now, there is always suspense/drama/romance and humour in her story telling. As much as I like to read some gritty crime novels, I equally enjoy these books. Always so well written. I love the humour that goes in them, that have at times made me laugh out loud, or sit with a grin on my face. This is the first book in the Cape Charade trilogy, I have had this on my book shelf for over a year, but wanted to wait until I had the others to read In order to read them consecutively, the third book I have been given as an ARC in exchange for an honest review, but I haven’t read that one yet. Have just finished the first two.

These book did not disappoint Kellen Adams is working as assistant manager at the Yearning Sands resort, on the Washington State’s Pacific Coast, for Leo and Annie Di Luca. The original Assistant Manager had disappeared, everyone believed she had done a runner, but has she? What had she found? Or seen?

Kellen Adams was a US Army Veteran, until she was retired from the Army, where she had been a Captain. She had agreed to take on the responsibility of helping to run the resort when Annie Di Luca was taken ill and needed to recuperate. Little did Kellen know what she was letting herself in for.

But what secrets is she keeping herself, Cecelia was Kellens cousin and they looked a lot like each other. Cecelia had married a man older than herself, having been swept off her feet. But once she was married to Gregory Lykke she had seen his true colours, she had been knocked around, lost a child when he threw her down the stairs. She knew if she didn’t get away she would end up dead. Kellen comes to help her break free of Gregory.

But how did Kellen get a bullet in her head? Why couldn’t she remember a whole year of her life? Why doesn’t Kellen trust anyone? There are so many things that happen in this book to keep you reading. There is action, suspense, drama and some romance. I mean what more could you want. I read this book in one sitting and then picked up the second and read that over the next day.

These books are more of a light suspense compared to some of the books I have previously read and will continue to read. But occasionally it’s nice to just curl up and read a book like this.

WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER By Christina Dodd

SYNOPSIS

ONE SECRET, ONE NIGHTMARE, ONE LIE, YOU GUESS WHICH IS WHICH

  1. I have the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
  2. I have willfully misrepresented my identity to the US military.
  3. I’m the new mother of a seven-year-old girl.

Kellen Adams suffers from a year long gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she’s discovering the truth, and what she learns changes her life, her confidence, her very self. She finds herself in the wilderness, on the run, unprepared, her enemies are unknown-and she is carrying a priceless burden she must protect at all costs. The consequences of failure would break her. And Kellen Adams does not break.

MY REVIEW

Having finished the first book in this trilogy, I picked up this one straight away, and followed more of Kellens escapades, I think this woman is a walking danger zone. Some of the things she does I find really funny. This book follows on straight from the first book. I guess you could read this as a stand-alone, but I think you would miss out on some of what has happened previously, and what makes Kellen what she is, why she doesn’t trust easily?. In this book she is asked by a friend Nils Brooks to take a three headed goddess statue up a mountain to a man called the restorer or Zone, who will check the head to see if it is a genuine artefact. However Nils doesn’t tell her everything she needs to know, she also finds a stowaway in her vehicle, after being attacked she is forced to walk, and carry the head and her extra person up a mountainside where someone starts shooting at them. Assuming it’s the head they want, Kellen leaves it on a wall not far from their destination when she has been shot.

There are some really funny moments in this book, not only does Kellen and stowaway, have to escape these baddies, there are more after her. Who wants to see Kellen dead? She is already a ticking time bomb with a bullet lodged in her head. Kellen has no idea who is after her, all she knows is they want her dead. There is more romance in this one, than in the first book. I really do love how Ms Dodd writes her romance scenes, nothing too explicit but just enough that you know what is going on. I love Kellen and all the other characters that we get to know Leo and Annie Di Luca, Max Di Luca and Rae along with many others. They are so relatable, and well rounded it’s like you know them.

If you like a contemporary/romance/suspense type story then give these a go. If you like gritty crime novels, then these may not be your thing. I will review the final book of the trilogy as soon as I have read it. But if it’s as good as these two books I know I will love it. The final book is due for release on the 19th September 2019.

THE AUTHOR

New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd writes “edge of the seat suspense” (Iris Johansen) with “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humour that are pure Dodd” (Booklist). Her books have been called “scary, sexy, and smartly written” by Booklist, and much to her mother’s delight, Dodd was once a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. With more than fifteen million copies of her books in print, Dodd’s fans know that when they pick one up they’ve found as Karen Robards writes “an absolute thrill ride of a book!”


2 thoughts on “DEAD GIRL RUNNING By Christina Dodd

    1. I did get the first two from Amazon and have loved them. I always feel embarrassed about reading this kind of novel but not sure why, I have read most of Christina Dodds and have loved them all. I also have the Virtue falls books on my shelf which is mentioned a few times in these books so I may have to dust them off and read them. Sometimes you just want something a little lighter to read as I would call this but the writing is as good as any other fiction. I hope you get them and enjoy them as much as I have.

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