Book Review: Runner – Patrick Lee

Runner cover

Title: Runner
Author: Patrick Lee
ISBN: 9781250030733
Pages: 336
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Publisher: Minotaur
Genre: Thriller
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5


Sam Dryden thinks he’s left his life as a Special Forces officer behind; he now lives a quite life in California. But when he runs into a terrified young girl on his nightly run, his finely honed senses go on full alert. The girl, Rachel, is running from some pretty bad people, and though he knows he’s risking his own life, Sam is determined to help Rachel and figure out why this poor kid has been held captive for all these years.

Snapshot Review:

While I enjoy crime fiction and mysteries, thrillers aren’t always my cup of tea. Why? Well, the story/action mix is often off balance. I’m fine with some action in my reading, but I don’t want it to take away from either the character development or the intricacy of the plot, and that’s why Runner surprised me. There’s a lot of action packed into this book, but there’s also a great, twisty story that will keep you guessing. I had so many theories as to what was really happening, and time and time again, Lee managed to sidestep my expectations and shock me with his unique plot developments. It’s very well done, albeit carefully so, such that credulity is never strained too much. Lee develops his primary characters well; readers will become invested in Sam and Rachel’s journey. If you’re looking for a tense but fun thrill ride, you would do well to pick up Runner as soon as possible.

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  1. I agree completely that too much action is often at the expense of character and plot; glad to hear this one manages to walk that fine line.

  2. Ahhh… I like this!


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