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Nowhere to Run (Nowhere #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  1,268 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Some Secrets
When Liv Dugan ducks out of work for lunch, it’s just an ordinary day. When she returns, she stumbles onto a massacre. All her colleagues at Zuma Software have been shot. Only luck has left Liv unscathed, and that might be running out…

Will Follow You

Liv suspects the shootings are tied to her past—and to the package she recently received from her long-dead adopt
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corp. (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 09, 2016 Bigd_041555 rated it really liked it
My first read of this author - who happens to be Lisa Jackson's sister!

I like this book, it took me a bit to get use to her writing and to wrap my head around the story. But once the story got going it was an enjoyable read - a psycho serial killer who remains elusive and unknown until almost the bitter end, and then some - it's a cliff hanger book - UGH.

A bit of romance which you could see coming. Some interesting characters, in particular - twin detectives with cool names ;)

A thumbs up and and
Robin Priddy
Aug 02, 2012 Robin Priddy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Robin by: Nightowl romance
On Olivia Dugan's sixth birthday she finds her mother hanging in their kitchen. At the same time there was a serial killer in their town. Several of the bodies were found in the field behind her house. Everyone has always told her that her mother took her own life, but now that she is older she doesn't belive it. Olivia and her younger brother went to live with her father. Her brother suffers from mental illness and Olivia herself suffers from a little paranoid. It seems that Olivia's mother lef ...more
Lucy Dosch
Jul 25, 2012 Lucy Dosch rated it it was amazing
In a word...thrilling. I am not going to write too much on this book since this was actually a great murder mystery and I don't want to leak ANYTHING.

It has been some time since I have actually had real hard-to-put-down thriller. Most times I will guess within the first 100 pages where the plot is going, but this one really kept me wanting to read more. There was just enough romance to sweeten the story and bond our main characters.

The worst part of this book was the fact that I zipped through
Aug 25, 2012 Meagan rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, fiction, suspense
This book has gotten a lot of rave reviews from readers, which makes me a little reluctant to say what I thought of it. Not that it will stop me.

First, the book as romantic suspense: I didn't like it. The heroine is terribly damaged, which is fine, but she lets it make her helpless, which is not. Several times she whines at the hero, who she doesn't really trust for most of the book, about how scared she is and how she needs his help! The only thing she did to help herself was to run away, which
Jun 02, 2012 Pat rated it liked it

I received this novel as an ARC from Kensington Books through The Romance Man’s Blog.
To be honest, I had a difficult time first getting into this story. The first few chapters explain her childhood, which was terrible, and introduces us to multiple characters, with whom I had a hard time keeping up with. Saying that, once the action started, I really could not put it down!
The hero and heroine of this novel is a most unlikely couple! August Rafferty, known as Auggie, is an undercover cop, just co
Sep 07, 2013 Mlbane rated it it was ok
All I could think while reading this book was that the police department was made up of people who wanted to play cop but never bothered to actually train to be one. And they were the homicide detectives.

It really reminded me of the Steve Martin movie Roxanne when he's talking to the fire department and tells them that if some sees a fire and says "what ever you do don't call the fire department" it would be bad. That's the perfect example of how I felt this police force was described. Don't ca
Oct 13, 2015 Babydoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is a bit far fetched and the ending felt rushed but I was thoroughly entertained. Had a hard time putting it down.
Jun 26, 2016 Victoria rated it it was ok
Two stars, yet I'd be interested in reading the next in the Nowhere series. I downgraded this for three reasons. One, this was a download onto my phone rather than my NOOK which made it more unfamiliar and more awkward to flip back pages when looking for something that I wasn't really sure where to find it (plot points). Times like this make me miss a paper book. Why was this a problem? Because it was either sloppy editing or I have become a lazy reader; I kept thinking that certain things were ...more
Tamara Clark
Mar 24, 2015 Tamara Clark rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this book down at all. Excited to start the second one today.
Ricki Certain
Jan 11, 2015 Ricki Certain rated it liked it
Picked this up because it seemed like a bit of a light read. I did get all the way through the book, but I'm unsure why. When the killing spree at her job happened, Liv immediately assumed (rightly) that it was about the pictures she received, but there really wasn't much of a connection with them in the end. (Other than the killer thought her digging into her past would spark her memory.) Given how much her adoption was mentioned, I kept thinking it would have something to do with the mystery, ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

Bush brilliantly hooks the reader right at the beginning of the book with a suicide...or is it? The story then follows the daughter of the suicide victim, who was just a young child at the time of her mother’s death. The event traumatized Liv, then six years old, and her younger brother, Hague, who was only a year old at the time. B
Nicole Laverdure
Sep 30, 2013 Nicole Laverdure rated it really liked it
Thrilling suspense
I love thrillers and decided to read Nowhere to run written by Nancy Bush; it is her first book in her Rafferty series. I found it thrilling, well written and fast-paced; the intrigue kept me captivated until the end. I liked her two main characters August Raffery known as Auggie, a detective and Liv Dugan. Here is the story! Olivia, as a child, had suffered a tragic moment with the death of her mother. She had be wounded by life and now as a young woman, she wanted to look for
Denise C
Aug 15, 2012 Denise C rated it liked it
Nowhere to Run is the first book I've read by Nancy Bush. I wavered between 3 & 4 stars, but ultimately downgraded to 3. That's not to say I disliked the book, or would avoid her books in the future- on the contrary, I liked it well enough to add her to my list of authors to follow. There were just too many issues with the story that I couldn't see myself going above 3 stars (though, if we had 10 stars, this would have gotten 7).

The first third of the story moves quickly, at a pace that feel
May 24, 2016 Lyndi rated it really liked it
Shelves: heroine-ruins-it
I had some issues with Liz's TSTL behavior, which bumps this down from 5 to 4 stars.

But I really enjoyed everything else. The mystery was great, I was guessing until the very end. And having two female detectives was nice - it's usually two men, so I liked the switch up.

Not sure I'll be reading the next book in which a plot line starting in this book will continue, but I'd recommend this one for sure.
Paula Howard
Aug 04, 2012 Paula Howard rated it really liked it
Nowhere to Run was a very intense book. The mystery surrounds the supposed suicide of Liv's mom when she was six and her brother 2 1/2. Liv never believe that it was suicide and suffered the emotional trauma that one would expect with such a tragedy. The mystery evolves when at 25 she receives an envelope from her long dead mother. Killings being and Liv believes it is due to to content of the envelope and memories doctor's have told her she had buried from the night of her mom died. Adventures ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Manu/flatter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Über die Autorin:

Nancy Bush ist wie ihre Schwester Lisa Jackson eine New York Times- und USA Today-Bestsellerautorin und Garantin für nervenzerreißend spannende Thriller.

Zum Inhalt: Klapptext

Um Haaresbreite entgeht Liv einem Massaker an ihrem Arbeitsplatz. Doch galt der Anschlag tatsächlich der Software-Firma, wie die Polizei vermutet? Liv befürchtet, dass sie das eigentliche Ziel war und dass das geheimnisvolle Päckchen aus dem Nachlass ihrer Mutter etwas damit zu tun hat. Aber Undercover-Detec
Nov 19, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Nowhere to Run is book 1 in the Rafferty family series by Nancy Bush. It is a contemporary mystery that has psychological overtones. It is really a great book that draws you into the weird world of Liv Dugun.
Liv has made a life for herself after being in a mental institute for much of her youth. At a very young age, she found her mother hanged in the kitchen. Her nightmares led her father and his new wife to send her to a mental institute for help. Although it doesn’t help, Liv pretends it does
Alasandra Alawine
Jul 25, 2015 Alasandra Alawine rated it liked it
On Livvie Dugan's sixth birthday her adopted Mother supposedly committed suicide. 19 years later Livvie received a package from a law firm that they held until her 25th birthday. Her Mother put her birth certificate, some pictures and a personal note in the package for her daughter. Then the killings start.

Running late Livvie goes to lunch later than normal and walks into her office to find everyone dead or dying. Convinced it had something to do with the package she received Livvie returns to h
Allyson Abu-hajar
Aug 30, 2015 Allyson Abu-hajar rated it it was amazing
Olivia Dugan is six and her brother, Hague is two and a half when Livvie finds her mother dead. She's repressed memories from that day, that leads her to be committed to Hathaway House. And her brother committed to another Grandview mental hospital. An interrogation by a police officer, who had no experience with kids, leaves Livvie deeply mistrustful of all law enforcement. Years later, Livvie has a job, but is afraid of her own shadow and keeps to herself. Her brother, is a recluse with parano ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
When I purchased this book, I thought it was going to be more mystery/crime solving with some romance thrown in, but it was definitely more of a "romance-with-some-mystery-thrown-in" kind of a book. Not that I minded it, just saying it so other readers are aware.

I liked the book, it was enjoyable to read but the actual storyline behind the events was a little bit contrived for me. The ending was surprising but not necessarily in a good way. In the book, Liv hates her job, her boss is a dick, and
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it really liked it
When Liv Dugan returns from her lunch break she discovers all her coworkers at Zuma Software have been shot and killed. She suspects the shootings may be tied to her past and a package she recently received from her long dead mother. She knows she can 19t trust anyone and at one point believes she 19s being followed by the killer. She jumps into a random car that 19s being driven by Detective Auggie Rafferty who has been assigned to follow her. He convinces her to tell him her story and eventual ...more
Lori Gibbon
Mar 21, 2013 Lori Gibbon rated it really liked it
It would have been nice to realize this was the prequel to Nowhere to Hide ....which I already read. However, each was a good story in itself even though this one leads up to the next one. These are a worthy read ...I just recommend reading them in order! Who knew!?
Kelly ...
Jan 06, 2016 Kelly ... rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes. While I have found enjoyment in all of Joe's stories this one was a bit different. It is darker and gorier. I liked the plot line in this volume, but some of the elements of the crime felt far-fetched. I know it is a mystery and is supposed to come from some strange place that most of us cannot imagine, but I like stories best when the characters and stories are real and believable. So, my biggest complaint with this book is its lack
Jan 12, 2015 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just ok

This book lacked enough suspense to be a mystery, action to be a thriller, sizzle to a romance. Interesting start to the novel which fizzled due to repetitive dialogue and some unbelievable plot twists.
Kathy Jund
Jul 01, 2012 Kathy Jund rated it it was amazing
An awesome new series by Nancy Bush!!! :) The other half of the "sisters of suspense" this one will be out soon! I read an advanced reader copy...and book 2 will follow VERY soon behind this one..Great characters!!! kj :)
Ericka Scott
Aug 14, 2012 Ericka Scott rated it it was amazing
Sexy and suspenseful. I look forward to reading the next installment, Nowhere to Hide.
Gianna Quinn
Mar 06, 2016 Gianna Quinn rated it it was ok
The writer's inexperience in suspense prevails in the overall book. What little "surprises" there were, they failed to bring anything new to the genre. Cliches all over, as well as an annoyingly distracting / forced romance between the main character Liv and Auggie. Keep these romantic notions separate from crime mysteries, or at least contain them. Each sex scene I read made me cringe. Speaking of which, it is left unclear in the first book whether Liv is pregnant, because it is mentioned that ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Jess rated it it was ok
Shelves: rated
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Terri Lynn
Jun 06, 2015 Terri Lynn rated it really liked it
This is my first Nancy Bush mystery though I have read books by her sister Lisa Jackson. Liv Dugan's adoptive mom was thought to have committed suicide on Liv's 6th birthday but was it murder? Liv found her, saw someone though the open door, and promptly embedded it deeply in her mind so deep, she can't retrieve it. Her 2 1/2 year old brother Hague saw it too and was made crazy by it, so crazy he needs a caretaker as an adult, never leaves his premises, and goes into fugue states. Their father r ...more
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Bestselling author Nancy Bush has had an eclectic writing career. She started her first story when she heard how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. She thought, “I can do that,” and talked her sister, bestselling author, Lisa Jackson, into joining her in her foray into writing. At the time Nancy was a young mother herself. Now, she says she's just…a mother.

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