Friday, 6 May 2016

Book Review: Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber

When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life... but will the truth set her free? Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she's been drugged, she can't explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can't escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairy tale costumes; Snow White's dead body shielding her from bullets. Though Chessa is a former costumer and a master of disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever. 

*I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I have never read any sort of Thriller/Mystery book in my entire life, I always seem to keep leaning towards the romance, so when I came across this book on Netgalley and read the book description, I immediately wanted to download it to my kindle! And that is exactly what I did!

This is a book that you will not be able to put down, please trust me on that one! Girl on the Run is mixed with fantasy, reality, murder etc. and I advise anybody who loves a good thriller/mystery book or is wanting to get in to that book as I was, to go and download it off of Netgalley after you have read this review and get digging in! 

Chessa wakes to find her husband dead with scissors stuck right in his back and a group of people she knew from the Happily Ever After Ball also murdered, as she has a murderous father, the police immediately accuse Chessa of such large and twisted massacre. How could they possibly believe this petite blonde who is completely in shock and mourning over her beloved, would be able to pull all of this off on her own? And what reason could they make up to prove she is guilty of a such a tragic scene? Chessa dashes out of her bathroom window, escaping from all police officers roaming her house. This is the start to a very tiring and painful and heartbreaking adventure that Chessa has to embark on to prove her innocence and find the true story behind this massacre...

Chessa visits her loved ones, her friends, any acquaintances etc. to get to the bottom of this. With her mother dead, she has no one but herself to rely on and can trust nobody, especially as the people she once thought as family... Just might be framing her..

Let me introduce you to Marcus... One of the Sheriff's put on to Chessa's case. Marcus is a very hard working and dedicated man when it comes to his job as an officer, as he was in the army previous to his new career and does everything he possibly can to learn absolutely everything about Chessa Paxton and everybody linked to her. Marcus has slight feelings towards Chessa as soon as he see's her and his instincts have always told him that she could not be have possibly done this on her own or at all for that matter. 

There are so many twists and turns and ooh's and aah's throughout this book, the ending will shock you so much and will have you retracing every little clue throughout the book to see if there was any hints and signs that you may have missed, you will feel like you are on this adventure with Chessa and will be pining for more! The thing I love most about this month (weird thing to love coming up) is that the chapters are a quite short, about 7-12 minutes in each of them... I know that's a strange to have as your number one love for a book but I prefer short chapters so much over long chapters, I feel much more drawn in to books when the chapters aren't so dragged out. Some books that I'm really in to can have the longest chapters in the world and I wouldn't care but if there's a book I'm not getting pulled in to and they have the longest chapters ever, there may be a slight chance that I put the book down for a few months or for good. This is not me saying, however, that Girl on the Run is only interesting because of the short chapters... No way! This book altogether is incredible! I love stories where you are guessing and drawn back for more every two seconds, wondering was the true murderers of this massacre? Will Chessa finally be free of the police and be able to live her life as normal? Will you get to see Chessa's father out of prison? Will Chessa and Marcus end up getting together? There are so many little things in this book that just make you want to read on and on and on until you get the answers you've been asking for! 

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I've never been one for Thriller/Mystery books, however, after reading Girl on the Run, I am so happy it is my first book of a new genre and I can't wait to dig deeper in to these  genres instead of just my romance ones! So exciting and action packed and you was always guessing in every chapter!

You can find this book here (FOR FREE MIGHT I ADD!).

About the Author

Agatha Award-Winning and best-selling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures in to the world of suspense with her debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and as AVERY AMES, she pens the Cheese Shop Mysteries. 

Fun Tidbit: Daryl appeared on "Murder, She Wrote." She has also jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitch hiked around Ireland by herself. She loves to read and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. 


- Shelby xxx


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