The Running Game by L.E. Fitzpatrick

Posted March 2, 2016 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 3 Comments

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The Running Game by L.E. Fitzpatrick

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The Running Game by L.E. FitzpatrickThe Running Game by L.E. Fitzpatrick
Series: Reacher #1
Published by Limelight Literature on October 25th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Adult fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 204
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

Her father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they'll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they'll always be coming for you.
Rachel had let her guard down and they had found her. She could run now, leave the city and try her luck beyond the borders, but with no money and a dark secret to hide her chances of survival are slim.
But then she meets two brothers with a dangerous past and secrets of their own. Can they help her turn the game around?
This is the first installment of the Reacher series. Set in a grim and not too distant future, this urban thriller will keep you hooked until the last page.

Main points

Wow! This book was really intense!

It was definitely absorbing. Pretty grim, too. Not a happy book. But the plot was pretty constantly moving. What was interesting was that it was third person omniscient. It was a few times difficult to tell whose POV it was, who was thinking which things, but it was surprisingly easy to follow for the most part. That’s difficult to do. Usually I am not a fan of 3rd person omniscient. (It was also alternating POVs between a few characters.)

What I liked was the unpredictability. Certain characters were pretty predictable, like the two brothers, Charlie and John, and even Rachel after a while, but others were very cunning and the reader certainly wasn’t let in on all the details. A few people who seemed to be helping ended up having different plans. (Some weren’t even all that bad…?) Some (a lot of) people weren’t as innocent as they seemed. Other people had shifting motivations. Thus the plot moved around like crazy. It was definitely exciting and engrossing. But I didn’t really feel at any moment that they were in real danger. There were several dangerous moments, but I had a feeling. Oh well. Still a good story nonetheless. Managed to surprise me a few times. And then turn around and surprise me again. That was good. Sometimes my initial instincts were proven correct, after a time. So I still get to retain my pride in my sleuthing skills. (:

It really was both a plot-driven and character-driven book, in the way that the characters were so complex (or deceitful) that they moved the plot around constantly. I liked reading it. I grew to like some characters more than others, and none extremely well, but enough to be definitely interested in what happened to them. The writing and pacing were good. The world-building was sufficient. The thriller aspect of it was definitely right on the mark. It was difficult to put down and very easy to get wrapped up in the story.

 reaction upon finishing

Wow! Well, I’m glad about that…

this book in one word

unpredictable

About L.E. Fitzpatrick

E Fitzpatrick is a writer of dark adventure stories and thrillers. Under the watchful eye of her beloved rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she leaps from trains and climbs down buildings, all from the front room of a tiny cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside.
Inspired by cult film and TV, L E Fitzpatrick’s fiction is a collection of twisted worlds and realities, broken characters, and high action. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of her imagination and creating hugely entertaining stories.

Rating
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
three-half-stars
Ending
four-stars
Overall: four-stars
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Majanka
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Thank you for reviewing this!

L E Fitzpatrick
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Amazing review. Thank you so much.

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