by: J.M. Peace
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Suspense
Publish Date: 1 July 2015
Review: A Time to Run is a nail-biting thriller that will keep you turning pages ‘til the wee hours of morning!
Sammi needs to blow some steam after an argument with her boyfriend and a girl’s night out on the town is just what she needs. But when she ignores her instincts and gets into the bartender’s car alone, her fun night quickly turns into a nightmare. What Don doesn’t know is that Sammi is a cop and she won’t go down without a fight.
J.M. Peace not only uses her experience as a police officer to authentically write the police work in her debut novel, she also finds the voice of the victim, the grief stricken boyfriend, and gruesome killer. Sammi uses her training as a police officer to keep her wits about her when most people would panic. She is the ultimate hero even as a victim. With that being said, this is not an unrealistic character. We’ve all read books and seen movies where the hero in the story pulls off ridiculous feats. Not the case here. Sammi is simply what we all would hope to be in life threatening circumstances.
I also enjoyed the fact that this is an authentic Aussie book with an authentic Aussie voice. Who better to write a crime novel based in Australia than an Australian cop?!
The only complaint that I had with this book was the ending. I felt that there was a conclusion to the story and a follow-up, but in between the two, was a chapter of recap police work that I felt took away from the climax.
The ending of the book leaves us hanging a bit. According to the author’s website there will be a sequel. Count me in!
A special thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia and NetGalley for offering me an ARC of A Time to Run in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
J.M. Peace is a serving police officer who would rather be writing about policing. Over the past 15 years, she has served throughout south-east Queensland in a variety of different capacities. Her voice of authority shines through in her debut crime thriller, A Time To Run. J.M. Peace she has also written various short stories, blogs regularly about policing and writing and is currently working on her second novel. JM lives on the Sunshine Coast, juggling writing and police work with raising two kids along with her partner.
(From Pan Macmillan Australia)
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