You Can Run... Mass Market Paperback – Mar 3 2009
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“Mary Higgins Clark fans take note.”—Kirkus Reviews
From the Back Cover
She was widowed at a very young age—and her life was just getting back on track.
Until her past came back to haunt her…
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 one night, Diana is the one who comes running. But just as Diana arrives, the house explodes…leaving Penny in a coma, though sparing Willow any harm.
YOU CAN RUN…
As Diana and Simon try to figure out what happened—and why—two shocking discoveries are made: First, investigators find a bomb in Penny’s basement. Then, new facts about Penny’s dark past come to light. Determined to find the truth about her friend and protect Willow, Diana keeps digging for clues. But someone is following her every move—and is willing to kill to make sure that Penny’s secrets stay dead and buried…
“Plenty of suspense…Thompson writes an excellent mystery.”
—Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Last Seen Alive
Top Customer Reviews
Penny Conley lives with her young daughter, Willow, in a West Virginia suburb. She works for an eminent archaeologist, whose niece, Diana, has become a very close friend of Penny. Diana goes to visit Penny one evening, when Penny's house explodes just as she arrives. Although Penny is critically injured, Willow manages to escape harm.
When it appears that the explosion occurred due to a bomb that was rigged to go off in Penny's basement, Diana is determined to take care of Willow and to find out why anyone would want to do such a thing to Penny. As she begins to discover the secrets of Penny's past, one thing becomes crystal clear. Someone is determined to make sure that the secrets of the past do not surface and will do whatever it takes to ensure that.
This author, the heir apparent to Mary Higgins Clark, is a wonderful storyteller. She engages the reader from beginning to end with an intriguing storyline. Her suspenseful mysteries are always a pleasure to read, and she emerges with new fans every time another of her books is published.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I really enjoyed the way the book ended and how surprised I was to find out who the "bad guy" was.
The setting for this book is my hometown of Huntington,WV. Carlene does an amazing job of describing the beauty and history of our city.
Finally reaching her destination, Diana is stunned to see her friend's house explode, severely burning Penny, and leaving onlookers to wonder at the whereabouts of Penny's daughter. Diana is well aware that if she had arrived on time, she too would have been in the house when it exploded.
After finding five-year-old Willow hiding in the woods, Diana takes her and Penny's elderly neighbor Clarice into her home. Diana lives with her great-uncle Simon Van Etton, the esteemed archeologist, and together they start unraveling the reason someone would want to harm Penny and Willow. Because Penny was Simon's research assistant, she had a special place in his heart, and the tragedy touched the newly knit family to the core.
As Diana and Simon dig into the possible reasons behind the tragedy, they find that Penny was not who they thought she was and that others are also seeking answers. When Diana realizes someone is following her, she is grateful for the unexpected help from a mysterious stranger. However, is he trustworthy or is he also out to destroy her as was her friend?
This is the first Carlene Thompson book I have read, but it will not be the last. She takes time to properly set the story and there is depth to her characters that gives the reader a sense that what they are reading really happened. Thompson is a compelling writer who keeps the pace moving, the clues coming, and the outcome hidden until the unexpected conclusion.
You Can Run...