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Running in the Dark by Sam Reaves

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery & Thriller
Published on: February 6th 2018

Pages: 248 (Kindle Edition)



**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

It’s not always that I read mystery books, but when I do, I look forward to the plot twist and how the case was set. With a synopsis dropped like that, I couldn’t help myself but request for it over at Netgalley. When I finally wound up reading this book, I was excited! Unfortunately, Running in the Dark felt a bit bland for my taste.


Goodreads Blurb:

The silence of a prairie night hides many secrets.

Needing to get out of Manhattan after a personal tragedy, Abby Markstein accepts a teaching job in the heart of flyover country. One night while jogging through a deserted hollow, she comes upon a car consumed in flames. The only thing more horrifying than the dead man at the wheel is the live one smiling at her in the livid glow of the fire.

Welcome to Lewisburg, Indiana.

The lone witness to the gruesome roadside slaying, Abby quickly learns that the quiet town conceals many secrets. When another brutal murder takes place, she starts seeing signs that somebody is watching her. And this time, running will not help her hide.


The first chapter was okay. As I kept reading, I started to feel a constant monotony to the story and it bugged me big time. Several times, I fell asleep over the story but maybe that’s because I was tired. Or it could be because it bored me. Who knows? To me, there was so much black and white and maybe a sprinkle of a lighter shade of red, for the murder part. But even for the crime scenes, I could barely see the red. It got me wondering if the mystery genre was for me but then I thought, I’ve actually read other mystery books and the genre as a whole sounded exciting and makes one think. I was ready for a challenge and I was thinking maybe this book would be a good one. I thought wrong.

I was close to DNF-ing but I decided against it because I wanted to know how the murders were set. Maybe my expectation was too high or the plot was just too weak but either way, I did not enjoy it. It left me with the impression “ooookay…? That’s it?” I felt barely any thrill to the story.

Overall, it was an excruciating read, and I don’t think it’s a book for me, hence the one-star rating.

However, I think this book would be great if you’re a rookie in the mystery genre. A bit of some blood spattering but not much that you probably can’t handle. Just maybe.


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