‘The Runaway’ by Linda Huber

The Runaway: a gripping family drama by [Huber, Linda]


Keep your secrets close to home…

Bad things happen in threes – or so it seems to Nicola. The death of her mother-in-law coincides with husband Ed losing his job and daughter Kelly getting into trouble with the police. Time to abandon their London lifestyle and start again by the sea in far-away Cornwall.

It should be the answer to everything – a new home, a new job for Ed and a smaller, more personal school for fifteen-year-old Kelly. But the teenager hates her new life, and it doesn’t take long before events spiral out of control and the second set of bad things starts for Nicola.

Some secrets can’t be buried.
Or… can they?



My Review

I have a very embarrassing confession to make.  Although I have several of Linda’s books on my ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read one yet.  What a mistake to make.  Now having just finished reading ‘The Runaway’, I can guarantee that Linda’s other books will not be on that ‘TBR’ mountain for very much longer.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Runaway’ but more about that in a bit.

Oh.  My.  Goodness.  ‘The Runaway’ was one seriously fantastic and chilling read.  The synopsis for ‘The Runaway’ certainly grabbed my attention immediately and from then on, I just couldn’t wait to start reading.   I made the infamous mistake of starting to read this book shortly before I went to bed.  Let’s just say that bedtime was delayed and I had a lack of sleep hangover the next day.  I literally had to force myself to put the book down.  If I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about the book and I found myself jumping at any little noise that I heard.  I must be a sadist because as much as this book spooked me, I just couldn’t get enough of the story and I had to keep reading.  I would pick the book up only intending to read the book for a few minutes but over half an hour later I was still sat there reading.  I immersed myself in the story to the extent that I was able to shut out all other distractions and allow my focus to stay on the story itself.  I soon reached the end of the book, which I had mixed feelings about.  Don’t get me wrong I was pleased to finish as I knew how the story concluded but I wasn’t pleased to finish because I was enjoying the story, the characters and the author’s writing style so much that I just wish the book had continued for longer.

‘The Runaway’ is brilliantly written and it certainly lives up to its description as a chilling, psychological thriller.  On several occasions I felt a shiver go up my spine as I read certain chilling bits of the story.  I won’t go into details because I don’t want to give anything away.  To a degree, the book messed with my head a bit.  The author drew me into the story from the first word on the first page and then I was taken on one hell of a psychological rollercoaster ride of a journey.  Once the author had my attention she didn’t let me have it back until the moment I read the last word on the last page.  I smugly thought that I had worked out what was going to happen, only for the author to throw me a curveball and send me off down another path entirely.  ‘The Runaway’ was a gripping read that had me on the edge of my seat throughout.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Runaway’ and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more of Linda’s work in the not too distant future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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