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You Can Run...

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  237 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Penny Conley is still recovering from the untimely death of her husband. But she and her five-year-old daughter, Willow, seem to be thriving in their West Virginia suburb. Penny works for esteemed archeologist Simon Van Etton, who is like family to her—even Simon's great niece, Diana, has become one of Penny's closest friends. So when a distraught Penny calls Diana late on ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2009)
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Gina
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Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
It took me really long time to finish this book and I kept dropping this book to read something else interesting. What kept putting me off is the terrible language. I can understand the author's intention to write real-life dialogues rather than just dialogues centering around the plot, but Carlene definitely overdoes it here. There is a lot of irrelevant detail in this book, and after painstakingly developing characters and establishing their mannerisms, we see them do something totally out of ...more
Mackenzie
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2010
Okay, I wasn't overly impressed with this book. Compared to If You Ever Tell, this book fell short. I was expecting more from You Can Run... Don't get me wrong, it was really good just it was lacking a bit of thrill.

This is the second book I've read by Thompson, and it centers around another traumatized girl, Willow. I really liked the plot, and I was slightly surprised by who the murderer was. I had a feeling that's who it was, but the motive behind why that person did it threw me off. All in
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Bob
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Carlene Thompson. Diana Sheridan is late. As she gets to her friend Penny Conley’s house it suddenly explodes with a roar, flames and flying debris. Diana is shocked and as she tries to get under control, a man comes up and helps her, moving her car away from the flames. What has happened? Where is Penny, is she all right and where is her daughter 5 year old Willow? These and more questions are posed and answered, but they bring to light more questions and threats to Diana and her Uncle ...more
Jess
This book was one of my group BOM's. I wasn't really that interested in it when I picked it up and read the back. But I figured I would give it a try since my group was reading. It turned out better than I expected and I ended up liking it.

This was a suspenseful story line that begins with a house exploding. Penny is heading outside to find her daughter Willow who was supposed to be resting in bed when the house explodes. Dana shows up just as the house goes up in flames, and she is determined t
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Sherry
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I had trouble getting into the storyline on this book but then I started
to realize that it seemed more of a mystery than a romantic suspense.
Once I started to read it as a mystery it flowed so much better for me as a
reader.

I enjoyed the characterizations as well as the setting, (I’m a native West
Virginian, so please forgive the bias), Diana seemed to be just your
average young woman trying to find fulfillment when what seems
to be a tragic accident has critically injured her best fri
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Sarah
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marie
Aug 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I enjoyed this book a fair amount, the romance portion (always my least favorite component of any story anyway) was far too rushed to be believable. Of course, this is often the case with almost all romantic suspense fiction, and probably why it is my least favorite part of any storyline. In this case though, it really detracted from the story for me. Too contrived and silly. The rest of the plot was a very enjoyable mystery with an ending that I did not see coming. This author reminded ...more
Kristen
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love hot and explosive romantic suspense novels, you'll enjoy Carlene Thompson's You Can Run. Diana Sheridan gets a call from her friend, Penny Conley, on her way home from a trip. When she arrives at Penny's house, Penny's home explodes and her daughter's missing. That's when she runs into Tyler Raines at the scene, a mysterious man with secrets of his own. While Penny's in the coma, badly burned and disfigured, Penny's secrets comes out on the open, after her daughter Willow is returned ...more
Jackie Lane
I did enjoy this book. At times I felt like the author gave too many details and other times, not enough but I ended up liking the book.

I enjoyed the characters good vs. bad. My favorite character was "Badge". I also enjoyed Willow, but a times thought the author made her sound too old for her age. Inserting the older charcters in the book Simon/Clarice added anothr dimension to the book.

Although this was not a 5 star read, I did find myself wanting to find out what happened next and trying to f
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Sallyann Phillips
This was a great book some romance and plenty of suspense. It makes you want to keep turning pages. Diana and her great uncle Simon accept penny and her little girl willow into their lives and small family, not knowing there is more to penny than meets the eye. Penny has an unfortunate occurrence that puts her in the hospital and when willow is found she stays with Diana and Simon, who is penny realy, who wanted penny hurt, and who is targeting willow. There are so many twists and so many probab ...more
Tammy
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually love most of her books but this one seemed off for her. Like she wasn't that focused when she was writing it. The book starts off with a "bang" literally..an explosion but then it seems to wander for most of the book.

You really don't get most of the clues to the mystery until the last couple of chapters,Which I admit were pretty good. The romantic interest let me down as well. There was no character development between them it sort of felt like.."Hi,I love you"..."Oh Hi,I love you too
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Beth
May 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this book. I had read a few of her previous ones and thought they were pretty good, but this one seemed very superficial and awkward. The dialogue, the interaction between the characters, the progression of the story, all seemed stiff and unnatural. I don't mean to sound unkind, but the writing style reminded me of Catherine Coulter and I almost felt like I was reading one of her books, which to me are very superficial (see my review for "Tailspin" to get a better explana ...more
Hayley
Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un livre à suspense qui se lit assez rapidement. Il n'est pas mal mais certains passage semblent un peu gros: non pas que je sois une grande spécialiste des meurtriers! Il fait partie de ces polars au sein duquel la fin devient un peu brouillonne car l'auteur se doit d'expliquer et justifier chaque action, évènement du roman...et souvent il ressort que beaucoup de choses sont un peu tirées par les cheveux.
Mais ça peut tout à fait être un bon livre de vacances!
Colleen
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the sub-plots more in this story. Yes, I did like the whole book but I liked the behind-the-scenes story better. Diana is a strong, determined woman, Willow is a cute 5 year old and Tyler was ok as far as the "knows what's better for you because he is a man" type that every romance seems to have. I gave this story 4 stars for the suprise effect.
Cindy
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'histoire est intéressante et poignante. Le suspense est présent.
On soupçonne les personnages les uns après les autres.
Le synopsis en dit trop car on apprend un des aspect inscrit, seulement après la page 300.
Le ton des dialogues est parfois pompeux ou niais, selon les protagonistes.
Certains passages peuvent paraître lourds et inutiles.
Jacquelyn
Story line was good however, it took way to long to tell it. There were some jumps in the plot that just "jumped" the reader was just suppposed to accept this new information even when it came out of thin air.
Wendy T
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy T by: Novel Ladies Group Read
I found it too me longer to read this book as this book couldn't hold my interest at the start. Once I was about 1/3 way through the book I found I couldn't put it down. The suspense was great and I was totally surprised at the ending, I didn't see this coming.
Lyne Fortier
too many things are said twice in details a report to the police is written word for word as it happended, but you read it 3 pages ago....
Juliewaller
iT WAS NOT A GOOD READ AT ALL WAS ONE OF THSOE BOOKS WHERE I KEPT READING INCASE IT GOPT BETTER. WASNT SOMETHING YOU'D EXPECT FROM CARLENE THO9MPSON - WAS DISSAPPOINTED.
Afsana
Apr 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a good read.

I kindof wondered if what she was hiding from was her husband from fairly early on and the book suggested the guilty party and that was why the ending was a surprise
Vivian
2.5 star read
Lori
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never miss her books read when it first came out
Linda Sophis
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GREAT! Sad in spots. Great read
Chris
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than I expected.
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Carlene Thompson is an author of suspense thriller novels.

Her first book, Black for Remembrance, was published in 1990 by Little, Brown and was well received. Her books are suspense novels, often with romantic elements and many take place in Thompson's home state of West Virginia. Her books often feature animals, which she bases on animals she knows in real life.
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