Friday, June 1, 2012

'Run' by Blake Crouch

Reviewed by : Lindsey

5 D A Y S A G O

A rash of bizarre murders swept the country…

Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected.

A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike.

A mass of school shootings.

Prison riots of unprecedented brutality.

Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state.
4 D A Y S A G O

The murders increased ten-fold…
3 D A Y S A G O

The President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace…

2 D A Y S A G O

The killers began to mobilize…

All the power went out…

They’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System.

You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours.

Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son.

You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family.

You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more.

You only have time to….

(amazon description)

I have had this on my kindle for months. I am a severe cult member of J.A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series. Mr. Crouch has occasionally joined in on this series.
In fact, my favorite books in the series are the Konrath/Crouch books.

I notice that these these books tend to be slightly scarier. I am a closeted pansy. I admit it. Vampires, zombies, ghosts and ghouls, bring 'em. Serial murderers?
Stay behind the yellow line...preferably behind bars in a far away country.

If you are a reader of class and refinement such as I, you would know how terrifying Crouch's
Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite character is..

This book was recommended to me by Steven Konkoly , author of The Jarkarta Pandemic. Loved his book so I gave it a whirl.

On Monday night, I started the book.  At 1:30am I forced myself to put it down.  I had to get up at 5 AM. After snapping at anything with a pulse due to lack of sleep, I continued to  read through breakfast, bus stop and lunch. I was glued.

Something has occurred to cause folks to become killing machines--looting, killing and all kinds of terror. I want to just spill out what happened...but I CAN'T.  The story follows a family who is running for their lives, literally.

For the squeamish--well, it's bad. It is. Honestly, I probably fell asleep around 2am as I lay in bed wondering what every noise was.

Here is where Crouch redeems himself and keeps wimps like me going. This family is fairly normal .They are not superheros. Dad isn't John McClane from Die Hard.  I was uncomfortable reading scenes where the family has gone without food  for 5 days. When the kids are crying from being cold and tired it is brutal. 
This book is written in such a way you feel as though you are there.

When bad guys show up it is a adrenaline rush. When the family is separated it is brutal. The constant unknown is terrifying. There were a couple times I had to put kindle down  and get a breather. It's that unsettling.

To those who are convinced only a sparkly vampire can give you an adrenaline rush, then I don't ask, I demand,  put it down and read this.
Right now.

I could go on but I am convinced I would ruin this for all. This is a book that I will definitely stay with me for a while.

Definite 5 stars on this one..

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