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Running Girl by Simon Mason

Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What's the point, anyway? Life sucks. Nothing ever happens.

Until Chloe Dow's body is pulled from a pond.

DI Singh is already on the case. Ambitious, uptight, methodical - he's determined to solve the mystery and get promoted. He doesn't need any 'assistance' from notorious slacker, Smith.

Or does he?

My thoughts
I have really mixed feelings on this book.

As a Crime novel it was brilliant. So cleverly written with lots of twists and turns which kept you guessing right until the end. I liked how everything was turned on its head several times and being made to rethink things over and over again as the story went on. The story with the girl who died was almost a bit twin peaks esque (without the weirdness) as you got to find out a darker side of a girl who on the surface looked perfect.

However I really really struggled to connect with the main character. I found him really irritating and hard to warm to and it was really until the last two chapters that I got to see something about him. That meant every scene with him in up until that point annoyed me quite a bit especially when he was being all cocky and smart with the police.

All in all still a book I would say is worth a look even though it wasn't fully for me.


This one sounds really good, a shame it wasn't perfect but I'm intrigued by the mystery side of it :)