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Running Scared

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,944 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews

Previously published as Wishes

No Matter How Fast You Run…

The newborn baby boy is beautiful, perfect, and hers for the asking. All Kate Summers has to do is agree to one condition—she must disappear from Boston and never breathe a word about the adoption to anyone.

Or How Far You Go…

Fifteen years later, Kate has built a good life for herself and her son, Jon, in Hopewell

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Published July 22nd 2010 by Zebra Books (first published 1995)
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Paula  Phillips
Aug 13, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Jackson was asked to re-write her 1999 novel "Wishes" and to give the readers more suspense and deeper and meaningful characters and if you are a fan of her later work , then you will really enjoy this book. The novel starts in 1980, when young widow Katie was about to leave her work and was given the opportunity of a lifetime. Take a newborn baby and raise it as her son as the Child's birth family wanted nothing to do with it , after losing her husband Jim and daughter Erin in a car crash ...more
Lois Duncan
I normally like Lisa Jackson's books and was excited to see this "new one" at the library. But when I started reading it I almost immediately elt, "Something is wrong with this. The pacing is off. There are scenes that don't fit. It's like it's been padded out with extra material to make it longer than it ought to be."

Then I looked at the author's note in the front of the book and discovered that this is exactly what happened. The original book was published under the title WISHES. It went out o
LaVerne Clark
This is the first Lisa Jackson book I've read. Wasn't thrilled with it, but it was a good solid read. I think the major drawback was that there were lots of scenes thrown together in each chapter. Too many interruptions and ruined the flow a little.

I thought the sexual tension was excellent, which is after all what we want in a romantic suspense, so this kept me reading. Not so sure about the whole incest type relationship resulting in a child. I know it happens, but it made me feel a little un
Couldn't finish it. Failed to grab my attention and the writing seems a little off. Ex: "She reached for the coffee pot on the stove and burned her fingers....she added warm coffee to her cup..." Um, warm coffee burns your fingers? Too many others on the shelf to keep going with this one. One Star
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Long winded but I liked the overall story. There was a heavy does of "Soap Opera Drama" in the book
Sep 03, 2011 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance-Thriller Lovers, Lisa Jackson Lovers
By Lisa Jackson

Publisher: Zebra Book published by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Copyright: 2010 by Susan Lisa Jackson
ISBN: 13:978-1-4201-01289
ISBN: 1-4201-0182-X

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Book was previously published in an unrevised edition under the title “Wishes.”
Running Scared begins in Boston and takes us to Hopewell, Montana. It is a story about a mother’s love for her adopted child and about families and what it means to be a family. It’s not always good.

Lisa Jackson brings us a
In this book 15 year-old Jon Summers, unknown to himself, was adopted at birth in unusual circumstances. Jon has visions of the past and future and talks about them, so of course he's bullied at school. The crux of the story revolves around Jon's birth grandfather trying to track him down and get him back so the family fortune can pass to him. Other familiy members - wanting the fortune themselves - aren't so keen on the idea. The story involves some not so savory family interactions ( a little ...more
Meghan Hunt
Mar 17, 2014 Meghan Hunt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, adult
I've never really read a romantic suspense before, so I'm not sure if I don't like the genre, or if I just don't like this book. I thought the plot was too unbelievable and I didn't really like any of the characters. I also felt like the story needed to be edited by about 10-15% to keep it from dragging. I listened to this on audiobook. The narrator has a great voice, but he read the whole thing in a movie announcer voice, which made the story sound cheesy. In addition, the author used soooooo m ...more
Aside from the fact that this book had exactly three sexy scenes in it, which is disappointing to me, it was good! Wonderful solid plot! I would have liked more romance in it, and a lot of her other novel have a LOT more romance in them, but the plot of this one with the long lost dad setting up house next door to his son that he just found out about and falling in love with his adoptive mother while he attempts to thwart the Sullivan attempt to retrieve the heir (and what a dysfunctional family ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I GIVE UP .........DNF I am Just not into the supernatural that she tries to write. This one has been sitting as currently reading since January 30, 2013.. Just can't do it. Got to page 28. The synopsis grabbed me and I was excited but I just have not been able to pick it back up since I put down. Once again will give no stars good or bad only because my DNF is my opinion. Doesn't mean it isn't a good book.
Sep 30, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than any other Lisa Jackson book. The characters were likable, the story believable, and there was less gore/random violence/unbelievable plotlines in this book than usual. I would definitely recommend!
Carlene Doan
Sep 18, 2011 Carlene Doan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: intrigue
So far it is very interesting. I have never read a book with a storyline that compares. Will definitly Keep Lisa Jackson on my list of authors. Finished this book with a little sadness. Would have liked to stay in that story for a while longer. Enjoyed the book a lot.
May 17, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner. Moral: be careful what you ask for. Also: Be careful of the secrets you keep for they have a way to come back and bite you.
Dec 04, 2016 Sarabh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
heureusement que j ai prévu un deuxième livre de cet auteur.. un régal
Oct 12, 2012 Stasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the turn of events in this novel. I found it to be what I did not exactly expect. Reading the synopsis before beginning, I was trying to figure out what the whole story would be about.And it didn't give away too much. Just dropped one big hint, of course.

Finding out how the two main characters, Daegan O'Rourke and Kate Summers were intertwined, actually reminded me of a similar plot line used in V.C. Andrews novels, but with this story, there was m
Kate Summers needed to leave Boston. Her husband and daughter both perished in a car accident. She notified her boss of her decision, and on her final day of work, he proposed that she adopt a newborn boy. Kate listened to his reasoning and agreed to follow his advice.

That was 15 years ago.

Now residing in the private countryside in Oregon, Kate and her son Jon struggle with her fear that his biological family will come claim him, and also with his gift: visions and dreams that come true. These g
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Judy Hall
Young widow Kate Summers is offered a chance to be a mother again. She's knows it's not legal, but the baby is unwanted and she has been told horrible stories about his father. She takes John and moves from Boston to the Pacific Northwest. Fifteen years John has become a jackass - sorry, he's rebelling, like all teenagers - and he's having visions of man coming to kill him. Then Dagan O'Roarke shows up and Kate doesn't know what to think.

I have enjoyed Lisa Jackson's books a lot over the years,
Nicole Caicedo
If I thought Malice took forever to get to the action, this book was much worse. Jackson said that she was given a chance to rewrite this book and make it more suspenseful, but the real thrill wasn't until the last 50 pages of the book. Originally titled WISHES, Jackson was given a chance to develop the characters better and add more suspense. I know that she writes Romantic Suspense, but there was more romance than there was suspense. She developed the characters a little too much, spending sev ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Gabriela rated it liked it
I like Lisa Jackson as a writer but I was a bit disappointed with this book as I think it had the potential to be better. The story was ok but it fell a little short in the excitement side of things. It had some good sections but unfortunately I felt that it was kind of boring and it dragged on for too long in others. This is the story of a 15 year old kid named Jon, who was not aware that he was given up at birth by his real mother, who was very young at the time and whose wealthy parents did n ...more
This review might contain some mild spoilers, so turn back now if you don't want anything ruined.

Ok... UGH. I almost put the book down, after only a few pages or a couple of chapters in. I can't really remember how far in a particular information reveal took place,, but it threw me off, regardless. I have this thing, about not wanting to read about cousins, or siblings or any kind of incestuous hookups, so with the two cousins plot line, I was a little disgusted. Thankfully, it was a one time de
May 01, 2013 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This book was ok but predictable. Part of what I didn't like about this book may be a result of the narrator. He made our hero sound like a uber man's man, country boy, player. The way a narrator reads a book can alter the way what is being read comes across to the listener. And our heroine was such a mother hen, "Oh, John, my dear dear baby boy, oh you scratched your knee, we must get you to the doctor". Too much and it grated on my nerves. Plus some of the dialogue was silly using words like " ...more
Anna Mcfadden
Jun 26, 2016 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a few months after the death of Kate Summers husband and daughter her lawyer boss comes to her in need of help. he has a client who has a newborn baby boy, whose father suppose to be in prison and the mother or her family who would be shame and ruin due to they were powerful with loads of money wanted, but they want the baby to disappear. Kate agrees to take the baby and move to the west coast and to never step foot in Boston or tell a soul bout the adoption. 15 years later Kate made a home for ...more
Sheri faulk
Apr 29, 2016 Sheri faulk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The newborn baby boy is beautiful, perfect, and hers for the asking. All Kate Summers has to do is agree to one conditionshe must disappear from Boston and never breathe a word about the adoption to anyone.

Or How Far You Go...

Fifteen years later, Kate has built a good life for herself and her son, Jon, in Hopewell, Oregon. Still, she is haunted by the fear that he will somehow be taken away. Then Daegan O'Rourke arrives in town and strikes up a friendship with her and Jon. But Daegan has his ow
Oct 23, 2012 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm with other reviewers that this wasn't a bad book but there was a lot of extra "fluff" in there. I guess when you take a good thing and try to make it longer just for the sake of making it longer that's what happens. I'm not a romance type girl, I don't usually read those books but tangle it in a mystery or suspense and I'll at least read it. I may skip pages and pages of throbbing whatevers but I don't miss anything from the story and I thought I had it down to a science, they start going in ...more
Sandra Knapp
Jun 18, 2013 Sandra Knapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A baby, not only born on the "wrong side of the tracks," but the son of an incestuous relationship as well. Not only unwanted by his Mother, but the pregnancy completely hidden from the Father, and the whole thing covered up by a very wealthy Boston family.

The infant is given to a young widow who had recently lost both husband and baby daughter in a car accident, and warned to move as far away as possible, so as never to be found. She is given a falsified birth certificate, and a small sum to h
This book started really slowly and at one point I almost stopped reading it. I couldn't tell if the dialogue etc was just dated or whether it was just really heavily cliched and cheesy but some parts made me cringe. The final third of the book was by far the best and it was once I was into that section that I found myself enjoying it enough to finish. What could have made the whole thing better is if it had been more sublte, instead of chapters giving you all of the backstory and telling you al ...more
I have to say upfront . . . I'm a huge Lisa Jackson fan. I did like this book . . . but holy moley, 16 discs is a lot of listening time.

This had a V.C. Andrews (Author) vibe to it with the twisted family dynamics going on in the story. Throw in an illegal adoption and it made for an interesting story. I missed Wishes the first time out, so I'm not exactly sure what got added this time out.

I really liked Daegan's character, but Kate kind of drove me nuts though. John was a totally convincing ang
Melanie Chabrol-
give this book a 5/5.... after reading devious it was something looking into. Lisa Jackson gets your attention immediately. Kate summers has a great job and after her husband and 1 yr old daughter get into a accident and get hit and die, Kate feels that she needs to start a new life.
Rather than her boss,Tyrell Clark give her a recommendation for another lawyers office he decides to give her a proposition and give her a newborn baby boy, as long as he and his mom move far far away. 15 yrs later t
Jan 17, 2011 Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver.  She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages. 

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