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Dead Girl Running

Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
Series: Cape Charade Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
4 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I have three confessions to make:

1. I've got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don't remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams...and that's half a lie.

Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder...then another. 

Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to defend her job, her friends, and the place she's come to call home. Yet she wonders - with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past - could the killer be staring her in the face?

©2018 Christina Dodd (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Simply Inspiring!

There are many books among the bookcases in every nook of my home, and though this will not be "seen" on a shelf, my discovery of Audible's audiobooks has made them no less memorable or valued. THIS book, Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd, will be among my treasured books in spirit. Full of twists and turns and a wealth of in-depth, interesting characters and a plot that will keep even the best "detectives" questioning until the very end, I highly recommend it! You will not be disappointed by the investment of your time and energy. Also, the narration by Vanessa Johansson, is superb. All around, a fabulous book. Well done!
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  • Doren
  • Madison, WI, USA
  • 04-28-18

Can I have my money back?

This is a romance novel. It might be a good romance novel. But it is a terrible mystery/thriller. It is not clear in the publishers description that this is first and foremost a Romance. I only made it a couple of chapters in, and I should have quit after the first couple of paragraphs. If you are looking for a romance with a bit of mystery, this might be the novel for you, otherwise, steer clear.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Ridiculous and confusing.

I almost sent this book back but I thought that maybe it would get better. It didn’t.

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Ridiculous Story!

I've read a number of Christina Dodd books, including the Virtue Falls series. I've always found her characters a bit odd, and her storylines clumsy, but enjoyed the stories enough to read her again. Big mistake. While the setting for this book is interesting, and the plot and characters had potential, the whole story is laid out so awkwardly that it was hard to keep everything straight. There are missing pieces to the main character's memory, and these missing pieces are doled out throughout the book at odd times, and with no apparent explanation as to why they came back to her. The final pieces of that puzzle are presented in a big info dump at the end, and are so preposterous as to defy anyone's ability to suspend disbelief. And don't get me started on the abrupt and dissatisfying final scene.
I lost count of how many times I thought (or sometimes called out), "what the heck?" when a new and unconvincing plot twist was introduced. As my husband said, it was almost like the book was written by committee. And not successfully.

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Cheesy and unrealistic

You have to totally suspend all belief to enjoy this book. Seriously. And the narrator doesn’t do it any favors. She had a flat affect which makes the main character unlikeable. This is a fluff read. Not serious. And so cheesy. But it entertained me enough that I finished it. Wouldn’t listen to again.

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Horrible

Cannot finish. Boring, confusing, dated. Not what I expected from this author. This was a big disappointment

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Waste of time

Awful. Way too much going on.....and a ridiculous story. What a big waste of time!

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love this book!

love the suspence and the strength of our heroine. could not put this book down! not at all predictable.

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Something off about this book

I do not know what it was about this book, but it did not seem up to par with Christina Dodd's other books. I absolutely fell in love with her books with the first Virtue Falls book and have listened to them all, but this book just seemed off. I kept thinking I missed parts (explanations or parts of story lines seemed missing). Some of the dialect was very stilted also. It may have been somewhat due to the narrator, but not all. The little "mental summary" that the main character kept on other characters was a turn off also. So sad, but will probably have to get the next one just to get the answers to the questions this one left me with.

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Terrible Story

This is the first book I have listened to (or read) by this author. The story is disjointed and, quite frankly, boring. The main character could be solid, but comes across as silly and ridiculous. The premise for the mystery is good, but very unlikely and unreal in the delivery. It was a struggle finish this book. No more books by this author for me.