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Monday, February 5, 2018

Danger in Indiana: Running in the Dark (Review)

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.
Running in the Dark
Sam Reaves
Pub Date: 2/06/18
Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 3/5
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Think about the feeling you get when you think someone is behind you or watching you from afar. Sam Reaves brings that feeling to life in Running in the Dark as protagonist, Abby Markstein, tries to acclimate to her new surroundings after witnessing a murder.

Fleeing to The Middle of Nowhere, Indiana after a traumatic break-up, Abby merges into her new life and role as a mathematics teacher at a prestigious college. When she witnesses the murder of a local criminal defense lawyer paranoia sinks in because whoever she saw on the other side of that burning car saw her, as well. Throughout the story she looks over her shoulder because she might be next. When another murder is committed, Abby's friend Lisa Beth believes they were killed over their seedy business practices.

While the story is engaging and interesting, the execution of it doesn't inspire me to love it. Abby was an interesting character up until the murders were committed and she didn't even attempt to investigate. She was more worried about being safe and whether or not she could pick the killer from a lineup. Even if Abby isn't an amateur sleuth, she was just way too passive about the situation and spent her time worrying over it with no real action. The only times she did anything for herself is when her co-worker and student both hit on her and she attempted to put them straight. The rest of the story, though, things just happened to her, and around her, and she let it slide by.

If I ignore the lackluster characters, the story definitely hits the mark as a suspense. It's dark and takes some unexpected turns that kept me reading to the conclusion. Sam Reaves inspires the need to know why, which will definitely hook readers!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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