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Preview — She Can Run by Melinda Leigh
She Can Run (She Can... #1)
Elizabeth was a young widow with two small children when she met Congressman Richard Baker. Handsome and wealthy, with a sparkling public image, Richard seemed like the perfect man to provide the security that Beth and her kids were craving. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret about her new husband, Beth realizes he will go to any lengths—even murder—to keep it. After...more
Beth Baker and her two children have been on the run from her abusive husband, Congressman Richard Baker, for ten months. After discovering her husband's explosive secret and his deadly response, Beth escapes with the children. Taking a job as a caretaker/bookkeeper to an 87 year-old man on a remote estate in Pennsylvania seems ideal. But when Beth arrives her new employer is dead and the house willed to his nephew Jack O'Malley.
Jack is on leave from his job as a Philadelphia detective. His ...more
The problems come pretty soon after the introduction. The main reason? I found the pacing to be slow a ...more
She walks in on her husband then gasps. Next thing she knows, she's
running for her life. This is a story that starts out with a bang and
doesn't let up. Its quick pace brings a reader along on a suspenseful ride.
Will Beth Baker and her kids outrun the senator? He has all the power and
money, and he must stop Beth permanently or risk his secret getting out.
Beth shows up at the home of a nice old man who hired her to be his estate
I don't think that this can be classified as a mystery... The second the "bad guy" was introduced I knew he was going to be the suspect. This was an okay read for me, it felt like something I have read several times before. The heroine had every possible bad situation happen to her, it was pretty spectacularly unbelievable. There was also the strange supernatural aspect of the uncle's "premonitions" that had me quirking an eyebrow...
Probably wont be continuing this series. ...more
Which is fine if you're into that sort of thing. The reason I couldn't put it down was because I wanted to see how many cliches could possibly be shoved into a single 300 page book.
The prose is light and readable, so I might pick up another one of her stories one of these days, but since she has already used every single cliche known to man, it may be difficult for her to find source material.
Characters are mostly two-dim ...more
Throw in a serial killer plot twist, a cousin of Jack's who is a docto ...more
Even though you can figure out the bad guys and all the secrets that are to be figured by the first half of the book the suspence continues to the end (happy of course). Poor Beth everyone wants a hit on her so I was really simphatetic for her. After all through the second half of the book she is constantly hurt by one or another.. at least there is Jack.
All in all a good book so if you like romantic suspence you'll probably like it too.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
But can she run fast enough and far enough? She knows that her husband's paid killers are close on her heels, so when she tries to disappear into a mountain village in Pennsylvania by taking a job as a caretaker on an estate there, she hopes she may have found respite.
But Elizabeth Baker (now Beth Markham) may have entered a whole new danger zone. For lurking nearby, an elusive serial ki ...more
I received an ARC of She Can Run from Amazon Vine. One of the first things I noticed was the thanks to the Amazon Publ ...more
"She Can Run" adds some complications as there are her kids with Beth, the main character, what makes it tenfolds difficult to stay under the radar.
I liked the story a lot, even if Jack was a little bit too old for my taste :)
The story goes at a nice pace, and we even get a serial killer on the hunt!
And that's what made the book a little bit difficult, it's a 2-in-1-story: on one side ...more
I was asked to read an ARC of this novel by Melinda Leigh, an author that I had never read before. I like romantic suspense and the plot sounded good, so I said, Yes. Oh my goodness, I had no idea what a treat I was in for. I loved this book. The plot is FANTASTIC. The action is non-stop. I was riveted to the book from the moment I started it until I sadly reached the final page. It was one of those books that I did not want to end because it was so good.
I absolutely fell in love with ...more
Beth is a woman hunted. Married to Congressman Richard Baker she has endured brutal ...more
Elizabeth Baker should have had a fairytale marriage, but once she said, "I do," to the handsome congressman, everything changed. When she sees something she shouldn’t, her husband attempts to silence her permanently. She escapes and along with her 2 children goes into hiding. 10 months later, she arrives for her job as an estate caretaker only to find her boss has passed away and his nephew inherited the estate.
Jack O’Malley, former p ...more
I would have loved to see James or better yet, Jack, present the contents of the flash drive to Stafford in person and see what happened there. There was such a big deal made about that story -- that's why the Congressman was after Beth ... I would have thought it would have been made more central to the story. Instead, it wa ...more
The ending was wrapped up with a pretty little bow, just the way I like it. Plausible, probably not, but enjoyable for s ...more
I love the phrasing in this book. I loved the humor that is perfectly dotted throughout the story and sneaks up on you when you're not expecting it. The suspense was enough to really get me hooked on the book and I did that thin ...more
Kind of lack luster, and between the politician with a secret he'll kill to keep psycho husband, the creepy socially inept neighbor, the bully with a sexual twist townsman, and the whole Who's the Riverside Serial Killer all ganging up on one woman with two kids to protect on the run heroine. Well it was a bit much. Oh but let's not forget the ex police detective who just happened to have a rich uncle who left him millions right after an i ...more
This book was better as a suspense vehicle and was just okay as a romance.
What I didn't like: Jarring scene transitions probably #1 (I listened to his on Audio, so those transitions don't have the visual queues you get from a book), so it might not be as bad for readers. Characters that really didn't seem to have a purpose.
What I expected to be better but accepted: Romance elements, can't quite figure out why but I thought it was a litt ...more