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1. I've got the scar of 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?
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Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd is a 2018 HQN publication.
Whoa! This was one wild ride!
Kellen is living a lie- or at least partially. An entire year of her life is missing- gone- no memory of it whatsoever. But, she does remember her ex-husband, and the horrific abuse she suffered at his hands. She escaped him, at a very high cost, but, she went on to become an Army officer, and is now running a resort on the coast of Washington. However, when the owners turn everything over to her for a short time, anything that could go wrong did, starting with a dead body and a smuggling ring. Toss in a few ominous connections to Kellen’s past and some very stormy, gloomy weather, and you have the perfect mix for a tense novel of suspense and a puzzling whodunit. There is even a little action and adventure and romance to round things out. But, that ending…. Oh, wow!
This story is a little complex, and there’s quite a bit going on. Kellen’s past is turbulent to say the very least, and the murder mystery coupled with the smuggling ring, on top of the fairly large cast of characters, would normally leave me feeling overwhelmed. I will admit I did have to slow down and pay close attention with this book, but I had no trouble following along. I thought the author did an amazing job of tying the threads together. I loved the guessing game, suspecting everyone at one time or another. The conclusion is a major surprise- I mean a MAJOR surprise- packing a strong, almost poignant, emotional punch. I never saw it coming. I think I gasped out loud!! I thought the story was very original, exciting, imaginative, deeply absorbing and suspenseful! I can’t wait to read the next book in series!!
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