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Girl on the Run

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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free?

Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she's been
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published April 9th 2016 by Chucklin Inc. (first published April 7th 2016)
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Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Daryl Wood Gerber I have read and have to say it was thoroughly enjoyable. Chessa Paxton is an event planner and attends a major event she has organised with her husband, the Happy Ever After Ball. Unfortunately for Chessa, the event turns out to be anything but. Chessa wakes the next morning to find her husband dead beside her and the police asking questions she is unable to answer. Great characterisation, strong story with many twists and turns that kept me captivated ...more
Girl On the Run by Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author Daryl Wood Gerber is her premier venture into the realm of the suspense/thriller genre. “Be careful what you wish for, it might come true.” is an example of a powerful oxymoronic and paradoxical idea. It is as central to human thought and/or experience today as it was centuries ago. Since the beginning of civilization, people have dreamed of fame or wealth or other good fortune. Do you believe in Fairy Tales? Fairy Tale Balls? What w ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

A fantastic debut into the suspense genre for Daryl Wood Gerber.

Chessa Paxton attends the Happily Ever After Ball with her husband. All her hard work and planning seem to be a great success. Then she wakes up in her home next her husband with blood all over and her husband dead. She realizes quickly she is the prime suspect and with father already a convicted murderer she knows she doesn’t have a chance. She knows she has to get out of there and she does. She runs! She has to
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suspense lovers
How could a fairy tale go so wrong? Girl on the Run drew me in quickly and did not let go until the very end. The characters are very well developed, complex, and keep you guessing, so that when you're not reading this book, you will be thinking about it. Get ready for a wild ride of twists and turns and be prepared to stay up late -- you won’t want to put down this exciting and suspenseful page turner!

I received and ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review ~
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the beginning moments of Girl on the Run, we are drawn into a world of fantasy, secrets, and ultimate betrayal.

Standing in the midst of a beautiful Happily Ever Ball, Chessa Paxton, our event planner, has the normal fears about how a party will come off, but something else is tugging at her, something that hints that it is only a matter of time until the worst might occur. Chessa’s fears about her husband Zach are soon realized, and the blurry, eerie feeling that takes over her will be just
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, 2016-read
Chessa Paxton is excited to attend the Happily Ever After event that she helped plan and which looks to be a success. But her next memory is waking up alongside her husband's dead body, and after calling the police, realizes she can't explain what happened. Feeling like history is repeating itself, with a father sent to jail years earlier for a murder he claims not to have committed, she goes on the run. Unsure of who to trust, she tries to stay free while unraveling her disjointed mem ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
While this may Daryl Gerber's first foray into 'suspense,' I am hoping it won't be her last. This book is absolutely riveting. A true hold on to your seat suspense! Chessa wakes up after the Happily Ever After Ball in her bedroom, with her dead husband lying next to her. The police immediately suspect her and she sneaks out of the house and goes on the run to try to clear her name. The twists and turns, and dead bodies, mount up and the story just gets better and better. I absolutely could not p ...more
Stephanie Hobrock
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have not read suspense for years, but Daryl Wood Gerber just got me started again! This was a fantastic read! I sat and read the entire book in one afternoon! That too, is unusual for me. An entire college baseball team preparing to leave for Florida couldn't even distract me from this gripping tale!
I have enjoyed both of this author's cozy series, but this was riveting and just downright gripping without explicit sex, filthy language, and with plenty of twists and turns to keep me turning the
Sara Grotz
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Chessa was a very believable character for me. I liked her as a character because she fought for herself and kept making the best of her situation, horrible as it was. She is a woman with a lot of grit and determination, and I like that. The entire story is very fast moving and was extremely hard to put down. You need to know what the final resolution is, and as quickly as possible. It constantly kept me guessing and the ending itself was a huge surprise. Overall, ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Girl on the Run
By Daryl Wood Gerber

5 star review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the first suspense novel from best-selling cozy mystery writer, Daryl Wood Gerber. Girl On the Run is a well written thrill-ride that grabbed me from page one. I found myself rooting for Chessa, the girl on the run. There are many exciting twists and turns to find out who or what she is running from. I couldn't wait to find out. I was stunned at the ending. I didn't see it coming. I highly recommend this book.

**Disclosure: I re
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Girl on the Run is a suspense thriller, nail biter, rollercoaster ride that hooked me right away and I could not put it down. When Chessa's world spins out of control, she is determined to find out the truth. Daryl Wood Gerber is a phenomenal author known for her cozy mysteries. This is her first suspense novel and I hope she continues writing this genre. She has a real knack for grabbing hold of your attention, keeping you glued to the edge of your seat, anxiously waiting to see what happens ne ...more
Rachel Welty
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
What would you do if you woke up next to your dead husband and couldn't remember anything from the night before? That's what happened to Chessa. The police don't believe her and someone is chasing her. She has to find out what happened and quickly.
Daryl Wood Gerber's Chessa is like a female Jason Bourne without the training. She has to use her contacts and intelligence to figure out the truth.
This book delivers a fast pace suspense book. The main character is smart and resourceful. She is also
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Daryl Wood Gerber's new suspense thriller is a fast paced page turner. Her characters are well developed and expertly woven together. Woods really delivered at her first run in the suspense category. Girl on the Run kept me guessing the whole time. I was constantly changing each new theory that I developed. I look forward to seeing what comes next.

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review (glad I did because I loved it). All thoughts and comments in this review
Dawn Frazier
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the new suspense novel by Daryl Wood Gerber, fantastic book! Chessa is the girl on the run, after she wakes up next to her dead husband, not remembering what happened. She becomes the prime suspect of course, and due to her past family history, she is unsure if anyone will take her side. So she runs. This book is full of twists and turns, and lots of suspense. I was on the edge of my seat through most of it, I couldn't wait to see what happened! I highly recommend this to anyone, you won ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to receive an advanced e-copy of this book in exchange for a review. I love Daryl Wood Gerber's cozies and how character-driven her books are. I was thrilled to learn she is self-publishing this suspense novel, her first! I must admit the first part was a bit clichè. Woman wakes up next to murdered husband, panics, and runs to clear her name. I was wrong, later there are so many great twists and turns that I couldn't stop reading! Great first suspense, and I hope Daryl can c ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read!!!!!

I couldn’t put the book down once I began reading it. The characters were believable and your heart goes out for the main character; Chessa Paxton. Who and what to believe has our characters head spinning.

A fast paced complex read, with twists and turns throughout. The ending will definitely surprise you….

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this book are entirely my own.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Daryl Wood Gerber has found her home genre in Suspense with this book. I was captured from the first chapter and couldn't put it down. The family secrets, murder, and the amazing ending kept me turning the pages. Characters and the story line were well crafted and I really liked the multiple narrator format. I am looking forward to more suspense novels by Gerber. I received a copy of this from the author for a fair and honest review. The views and thoughts are my own. ...more
Lynn Lipinski
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel takes place over a handful of days -- and what busy, crazy days they are for our heroine. The number one suspect in her husband's death, she goes on the run to find the real killer, all the while worried because she has few memories of the night he died. The novel's twists and turns grow mind-blowingly outlandish by the end, but it's a fun, quick read. I started and finished it on a long day of traveling. ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Girl on the Run written by Daryl Wood Gerber is a fast paced thrill ride that grabbed me in from the start. The characters are well developed and hard to forget. I had a hard time putting this book down as the story has many twists and dead bodies keep adding up.
I loved this suspense novel and hope this is the first of many to come.
Sue Wallace
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Girl on the run by Daryl Woodgerber.
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she's been drugged, she can't explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With h
Sue Ross
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another side to Ms. Gerber

I've read and enjoyed both of the cozy series by this author. When she posted she was taking a different direction, I was worried. That worry turned to delight when I read Girl on the Run. Talk about suspense! You don't know who to trust or believe. The twists and turns are mind boggling and you end up with a smile on your face after the fast paced ending. What an awesome book.
Christine Martin-resotko
A nice first attempt at suspense.

When you wake up in a haze to find your husband murdered and blood on your clothes, what do you do? If, like Chessa, the police seem to be coming after you as the murderer, then you become a "Girl on the Run".

I was so pleased to received this book from the author for a fair and honest review. I am a big fan of Daryl Wood Gerber's cozy mystery series, so I couldn't wait to read her first foray into suspense. The writing was good, the characters had good backstor
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Daryl Wood Gerber, the Agatha Award-winning, best selling author has done it again!

This time taking her readers on a true thrill ride. Stepping away from her usual genre of cozy mysteries, she shows that she can compete with any suspense writer out there and has totally hit a home run with Girl on the Run.

The characters in this new novel are captivating and intriguing to say the least. I found myself question each character and their involvement in this gripping thriller. The depth of the chara
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber is a compelling, suspenseful, thriller, cannot be put down read. I had to stay up into the wee hours of the morning to finish this wonderful book. Chessa Paxton is a great main character, finding strength when she needed it. Her growth and remembering is quite exciting. Fairy tales gone bad, no. Bad dreams come to life, not really. Chessa has to get justice and make sure she is not railroaded like her father was. This is not my normal genre to read, but with ...more
Jill Tool
5 Stars for the new book Girl on the Run by Daryl Wood Gerber. I’d like to thank Netgallery for giving me the opportunity to read this book. This is the author’s first time writing a book in the suspense/thriller genre, and it was a win, win. This was so hard to put down once I started reading it. Its chalk full of mystery, murder, twist and turns, and everything you want in suspense book.

The characters are believable, well developed, and keep you guessing, fast pace and the ending will be a jaw
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first suspense novel from Daryl Wood Gerber and she doesn't disappoint. Chessa loves planning events, the Happily Ever After Ball is her latest and if someone gets their way it will be her last. The next morning she wakes up beside her dead husband with the police there. Soon she realizes that she doesn't remember much about the ball but is scared the police will blame the murder on her because of family history. She becomes a girl on the run determined to find out what happened. By ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Girl on the Run by established cozy author Daryl Wood Gerber is her debut suspense novel, and a fantastic book! It kept me constantly on the edge of my seat, reading and turning pages as fast as I could just to see what was going to happen next. I simply couldn't put it down! Our heroine, Chessa, is the title character, and on the run for her life. The pace is quick, the story filled with twists and turns, and I felt as if I was on the run right along with Chessa. The author provided an advanced ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Daryl Wood Gerber's first foray into the suspense/thriller genre is a resounding success. The story is a fast-paced, edge-of-your seat, page turner. The complex characters are revealed one layer at a time. This has the main character, Chessa questioning what and who she can will as well. I couldn't put the book down I was completely engrossed in the story and needed to know what was going to happen next. I enjoyed this foray into a new genre from Ms. Gerber and hope there will be mor ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After attending a charity Fairy Tale Ball Chessa Paxton awakens to find her husband stabbed to death and a feeling as though she was drugged at the event. The book goes along as Chessa races to figure out the truth about what happened that night.
The book is good for those that read Girl on the Train or Gone Girl. While the story jumps around like most stand alone suspenses I was surprised by how under the surface the theme of Fairy Tales kept screaming at me. I have always enjoyed books by Dary
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this story! I haven't been reading suspense novels so much lately but was asked for my honest review of this one. I do like suspense but feel much safer reading cozies. But this suspense novel starts out grabbing my attention and I wanted to just keep reading it. But I had to keep breaking away for other things. I definitely recommend this suspense novel. But how would it not be good, Daryl Wood Gerber wrote it, after all!

The Dedication and Acknowledgement page is also very good.
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Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber writes NEW Fairy Garden Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries and French Bistro Mysteries.

As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries.

In addition, Daryl also writes suspense including the well-received Aspen Adams novels of suspense and stand-alone titles, DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN.

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