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    Good suspenseful story

    When I first picked up Dead Girl Running and saw the publisher, I assumed this was a romantic suspense, or at least that there was a romantic undercurrent to the plotline. That wasn’t the case and the book only had a hint of romance in the final few chapters of the book. Now to be fair, I’m not seeing the author or publisher market Dead Girl Running as such, but I want to be sure readers know this up front. Dead Girl Running is the first suspense thriller from Miss Dodd’s spin-off series, Cape Charade. And while I expected some romance, I didn’t find the book lacking at all, containing many hallmarks of a good mystery/thriller: an interesting hook, secretive characters, building suspense, and some great twists. Dead Girl Running features a main character, Kellen, who is trying to make a new future and home while protecting herself from her past, some details of which she can’t recall. I found her character really intriguing, if a bit different and distant. While I didn’t quite connect with the character off the bat, I enjoyed the slow reveal of her story and the significant character progression over the course of the book. What did hook me was the mystery. I wasn’t expecting many of the details and driving conflicts. Though the start was a little slower and the pacing took a bit to get used to, the suspense steadily increased, offering surprise reveals and plot twists that kept me guessing and reexamining the clues and secondary characters. The ending was absolutely great- keeping my pulse thrumming and my eyes glued to the e-reader until late at night. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more titles from the series and would recommend this book to anyone looking for high suspense with minimal romance.
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    Perilous, twisty, and sophisticated!

    Dead Girl Running is the first novel in a new series by Dodd that introduces us to Kellen Adams, a skilled, determined young woman with a past rife with secrets, violence, and memory loss and a present filled with stolen artifacts, ruthless smugglers, and dead bodies. The writing style is intricate and intense. The characters, including the hardworking, scarred heroine are multi-layered and mysterious. And the plot, including all the subplots, unravel and intertwine into a compelling tale filled with mixed emotions, red herrings, deception, abuse, manipulation, romance, friendship, and murder. Dead Girl Running is an intelligent, entertaining, action-packed tale that has all the elements you look for in a romantic suspense novel and is an excellent start for the new Cape Charade series.
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    Engaging suspense novel

    Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd is the first novel in Cape Charade series. Kellen Adams does not remember a year of her life, and she has a gunshot wound on her forehead with no clue how she received it. Kellen is a United States Army veteran who is the assistant resort manager at Yearning Sands on the coast of Washington. Leo and Annie Di Luca, the owners of the resort, are going away for a holiday and leaving Kellen in charge. Kellen notices some bones in the yard as she arrives with guests and goes to inspect them believing they are that of a wild animal. She is shocked to discover that they are human bones. The victim is identified from her ring as Priscilla Carter, the previous assistant manager who left unexpectedly. Lloyd Magnuson is responsible for transporting the victim to the morgue, but he disappears along with the bones. Kellen uses her skills to investigate the crime. She does not know who she can trust and anyone on the estate could be guilty. Dead Girl Running is well-written and has a steady pace. The book captured my attention from the very first page, and I was captivated until the very end. The story is complex with many twists and turns (which I love). There are three major storylines in the book and, in the end, they all come together. There is the murder of Priscilla, smuggling, and Kellen’s missing year. The setting sounded beautiful yet haunting. It is the perfect locale for nefarious activities. The resort sounds like a lovely place to spend a relaxing few days (when they are not finding dead bodies). The mystery was well-crafted, and many readers will be surprised when the solution is revealed. I could feel the suspense as it built up and the tension as it increased. There is some romance sprinkled throughout the story and it blended nicely into the book. I discovered after reading Dead Girl Running that it ties into the Virtue Falls and Bella Terra series. I had no problem, though, with reading Dead Girl Running as a standalone. Dead Girl Running is a gripping tale that will have you on the edge of your seat (and hoping you will not fall off). Be prepared to stay up late to finish Dead Girl Running. My rating for Dead Girl Running is 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). I am eager for the next book in the Cape Charade series to find out what happens next.
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    Thrilling read!

    Emotionally charged, edge of your seat, action packed romantic adventure filled with danger, passion, intrigue, betrayal, thrills and chills of the unexpected. Watch out for that cliff...... loved it! My goodness this story had me riveted and kept me guessing from one chapter to the next. Loved the world building and charter development, could not get enough of the drama and suspense. (was so upset every time I was interrupted by life) If you are looking for a spine tingling, brain teasing and thrilling read look no further. The cliff at the end just got me ... can't wait to read what happens next and eager for this series to continue.
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