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See Her Run

(Aloa Snow Mystery #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,107 ratings  ·  103 reviews

Running for her life could leave her breathless.

A former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Aloa Snow knows what it means to be down and out. Once highly respected, she’s now blackballed, in debt, and dealing with the echoes of an eating disorder. Until she gets one more shot to prove that she has what it takes—with a story some would die for…

After the body of a promi

Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime, thriller
Hayley is an endurance runner, she is running for her life, running through a desert suffering from exhaustion, heat exposure and dehydration. When death comes it is ruled suicide, yet Michael Collins from Novo, an independent newsroom, doesn’t accept suicide. Reaching out to Aloa, a one-time lover from a family that fostered him, he contacts her for her professional help. Needing the money to keep the family home from receivership she accepts, however, this will be difficult to manag
Linda Strong
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is a crime fiction debut featuring Aloa Snow, an investigative reporter who made one mistake which sandbagged her career. Once highly respected, she's now blackballed and in debt. She's also a recovered anorexic, but she still plays the garbage in, garbage out game, although she makes sure to eat more times than not.

A young woman's body is found in the desert. A well-known athlete, it is determined that her death was a suicide. The woman's boyfriend died a month earlier in a similar way.

I am torn between 3 and 4 stars, so I'll just average the ranking and give it a 3.5. See Her Run is an original crime-fiction novel in the same vein of Two Girls Down or The Cuckoo's Calling. In this story, we meet Aloa Snow, a struggling private detective and journalist who has been universally shunned from her industry because of a mysteriously dark past. Aloa is the typical struggling American in today's vastly difficult economy, hoping to save her family's house from repossession. One da ...more
Janelle Janson
Many thanks to Amazon Publishing for my free copy of SEE HER RUN by Peggy Townsend- all opinions are my own.

Aloa Snow is a journalist who has been ostracized by the industry she works in and is struggling with the current economy, but one day gets a call offering her a job to investigate a story. A woman is found dead of an overdose and the police have ruled it a suicide, but there is something sinister going on. Aloa is in desperate need of a paycheck, so she decides to take the case, but it en
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
3.5 Stars

See Her Run features an intriguing mystery with a fantastic group of side characters and I found it to be a good start to the Aloa Snow mystery series.

Aloa Snow is struggling after she lost her job with the LA Times for breaking the cardinal rule of journalism, don’t make up your sources. In debt and forced to contemplate selling her family home, Aloa is relieved when she’s contacted for an investigative piece. A young athlete, Hayley Poole, has been found dead in the Nevada desert with
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This book was a good start to a mystery series. Aloa Snow made a good main character, even with her baggage and former mistakes in judgement. She was very determined and courageous. I liked the way she wanted to overcome her past.

In this story, disgraced former reporter, Aloa Snow is contacted by a man she knew when they were teens. He wants her to investigate the death of an athlete. Aloa reluctantly takes on the job, finding more to the death than she ever expected. Her investigation takes off
I won this freebie Kindle from a Goodreads Giveaway. Silly me, I entered this contest because I saw the heroin's name was Aloa and I thought it would take place in Hawaii. DUH!! It's a debut thriller introduction to former investigative reporter Aloa Snow, who lost her job at the Los Angeles Times because she invented a source for a story on Vietnamese nail salon workers. She needs a job and accepts one from a man she knew while growning up. She is hired to look in the suicide of Hayley Poole an ...more
Kristin (Always With a Book)
Full review posted on blog.

*Good start to a new series!
*Love Aloa - love that she is deeply flawed...she has demons that she is constantly battling. She's no unreliable narrator & that's refreshing...but her flaws and demons make her interesting and attractive as a main character.
*The other characters are quite memorable - I hope they continue on in the series - they each add their own unique quirk to the book.
*Story is full of twists & turns, keeping you guessing until the very end.
*Looking for
Sue Harris
A good debut book. Believable main character with problems of her own. Quick paced and easy to read. However the ending is quite abrupt.
Ashley Dyer
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
I was hooked into See Her Run by the unusual protagonist. Aloa Snow is a disgraced investigative journalist who had a glittering career ahead of her—until she made one terrible professional blunder, and lost the trust of her peers, as well as the reading public. She’s also a keen (you might even say compulsive) runner, and recovering anorexic, who is teetering on the edge relapse at the start of the narrative. Aloa is behind in her mortgage payments and one step away from destitution when a requ ...more
Literati Literature Lovers
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aloa Snow has a secret.

This book centers around Aloa Snow an disgraced investigative reporter, who stumbles onto a second chance via her her past through a childhood friend Michael Collins. Micheal and Aloa’s past is a foundation on what Aloa, built her life on, or so the narration tells. The suspense centers around the deaths of two athletes, that no one suspects were murder except one of the victims mothers.
Aloa Snow is a very complex character that deals daily with an eating disorder. Her d
Heather Fineisen
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A good story until things didn't really add up in the end. Aloa Snow is a down on her luck investigative reporter who takes a job from an old friend. Her assignment is to determine the cause of death of a supposed suicide. Extreme marathon runners, anorexia and performance supplements are just some of the subjects touched upon. The ending throws some other elements in that aren't really necessary and compromise the plot. I like the characters and would read another in a series.

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Teresa Reid
3.5 stars.

My biggest pet peeve with this book is the protagonist. The writing is good, but without trying to offend the author, I feel like she's writing a character that twenty-somethings might find "cool" but falls tragically short of the mark. I don't know many twenty somethings, but the ones that I do know do not find Timberland boots, spiky short hair and eating disorders to be "de rigeur". Maybe I'm wrong. Other than the perennial notations about how much she ate (Aloa Snow - another anno
tabitha bradshaw
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“She deserved to die.”

When shamed journalist, Aloa receives a call from someone in her past, she’s given the opportunity to find out the truth of a supposed suicide. But what started out as one story, quickly grows to the biggest story of her life. Now, she just has to survive to write it. Super read! Enjoy!!!
Grace Murphy
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic New series!

This book is action packed whilst still thoughtful book about a previously disgraced journalist who takes on a commission to check if a supposed suicide was actually murdered. It's a gripping book into what I like to refer to as shenanigans by people with money, power and a willingness to kill to get what they want!

A must read for thriller lovers! 5 stars!
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, crime, fiction
Great! Aloa Snow is a strong, flawed, smart and interesting character and the nerd team that ultimately accompanies her makes for a nice sidekick - kind of like the Lone Gunman from the x-files. I'm looking forward to Aloa Snow, #2. Keep this series going! ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
A riveting ride through the manipulation of big business, feeding on the people’s fear of terrorism, told through the eyes of a disgraced journalist. I devoured this in less than 24 hours, I just couldn’t put it down. I look forward to reading more about Aloa Snow. #NetGalley
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this story and the character of aloa and her brain farm. looking to more books of the series.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the character. More please.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A former reported for the Los Angles Times knows what it means to ne down and out. She was once highly respected, but she is now black balled, in debt, and falling back into her eating disorder woes. The body of a young athlete is found in the Nevada desert and ruled a suicide. But, when her boyfriend is found in similar circumstances months later, Aloa realizes that a story that might rebuild her reputation is possible. When an old boyfriend gets in touch with Aloa wanting to hire her to invest ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Narrative was a bit dry. Plot also somewhat far-fetched insofar as global implications. Very different premise. Side kick characters were interesting, though.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Too Many Mysteries! One Struggling Reporter!

A disgraced reporter, Aloa Snow, is struggling just to survive. Nearly out of money and living with an eating disorder, Aloa gets writing job offer to investigate a woman's suspicious death, but the offer comes from publisher, who is also her estranged first love boyfriend from high school. She recoils at first from a job she desperately needs. Ugh!

Author, Peggy Townsend's journalist background serves her well in creating this San Francisco based thril
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
his book follows a journalist, Aloa Snow, as she takes a special job investigating the death of a woman who police had decided committed suicide. I found this book to move slower than what I usually find with the genre. What I normally find is that if a thriller/mystery book starts slowly, it tends to pick up in the middle. This one really didn’t feel like it got into anything really interesting until about 80 percent in. When that finally got going I found that the answer wasn’t all that intrig ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A story that draws you into a complex web of connections and proves conspiracy theorists are right! Some capitalists don't care. Except for money.

The story also explores what character trait makes people undertake extreme sports whether it is walking, running or climbing. i  wish I knew the answer to that definitively as our son is determined to run the Marathon des Sables, one of the top ultra marathons in the world - across the desert in searing heat! Heb has already run the entire length of H
Steve Johnson
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Aloa Snow gets a chance to revive her journalism career after a lapse in ethics unlikely to be set aside in real life. Her estranged stepbrother is conveniently a rich online news mogul, and he hires her to investigate the death of an endurance athlete. The runner's body was found in the desert barefooted and with drugs and alcohol in her system. Her death is ruled a suicide, but Aloa's stepbrother, Michael, is suspicious and challenges her to prove otherwise. Aloa uncovers links to an evil corp ...more
Vinnie Hansen
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My kind of book. SHR hooks the reader with a young woman running desperately and dying horribly in the Nevada desert.

Enter Aloa Snow, a recovering anorexic thirty-four hours into food deprivation. Snow is also an investigative reporter disgraced by violating the sacred commandment of journalism: Thou Shalt Not Make Stuff Up. In a time of great stress, the award-winning journalist did just that, losing her job and her reputation.

Via a challenging past relationship, the story of the dead girl in
It was a bit show to get off the ground - protagonist spent too much time obsessing over food- yes I know she's anorexic but do WE have to hear every single obsession about food and excercise - I just wanted to slap her PLUS she has a huge chip on her shoulder(about a young man who used to live with her family but I never figured why she was so upset by his leaving) which makes her character a bit hard to like. She's definitely not into forgiveness (I see an episode about that in the future)
Christina Waters
A breathless read tracking a 21st century noir protagonist, Aloa Snow, disgraced journalist on the scent of her path to redemption. Townsend sets a brisk pace loaded with just enough atmospheric setting—San Francisco—a gang of aging nerd/Vietnam Vets, and a kick-ass heroine determined to set the record straight, hers and that of a murdered adventure athlete. Tons of detail, yet not enough to bog down the non-stop action, peppers this study in a troubled personality who keeps her wits even as the ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See Her Run was a novel that I read about on a blog and ordered on my Kindle. Aloa Snow is a disgraced journalist, she wrote a story using, let’s say “alternative facts” and now has no real career. Someone she has a history with, who is now wealthy contacts her to investigate a case of an ultramarathoner who committed suicide. The athlete is found barefoot dead in the desert, literally ran to death. The local authorities did a cursory investigation and closed the case. The more Aloa digs, the mo ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, first fiction published work by an accomplished journalist & non-fiction writer. Some excellent descriptions and sometimes lyrical prose. The author's writing about the protagonist/heroine as an award-winning & now discredited journalist, who also has past & current struggles with family memories and her own history with anorexia, is excellent & insightful. The reach of her plot has international ramifications and sometimes pithy observations, perhaps due to her past journalistic c ...more
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