Garvie Smith knows all the angles. He knows how to talk the talk and he’s the best at it. That is except when he isn’t lost in thought staring at the ceiling. His favorite topic when we meet this smooth, underachieving, 15 year old are imaginary numbers. He is at that moment thinking about them a lot, and it takes a miracle or a tragedy to bring him out of his head. Usually one more often than the other.
"Simon Mason’s YA murder thriller RUNNING GIRL is sure to hook and reel in even the less than interested. It moves too fast to let go of anyone’s attention."
RUNNING GIRL is a new murder mystery thriller from author Simon Mason. This wild inner-city drama follows the investigations of the aforementioned Garvie and the stoic D.I. (Detective Inspector) Raminder Singh as they separately hunt down a murderer. The victim, Chloe Dow, is found dead miles from her home in her jogging outfit. The only clues are where she was found and the note to her family saying she was out running.
Inspector Singh knows there is more to this before he starts digging and he has a job to do with the press breathing down his neck. Singh’s job doesn’t get any easier with some punk Garvie playing “boy detective” neither. Meanwhile Garvie is bored out of his gourd, has a bone to pick, and maybe a guilty conscience? WIll they be able to pin the blame on the right mark? Will everything be okay when it’s all over?
With all the right red herrings and colorful characters to rival Dashiell Hammett, Simon Mason’s YA murder thriller RUNNING GIRL is sure to hook and reel in even the less than interested. It moves too fast to let go of anyone’s attention and the pay off at the end is so insanely satisfying.
Reviewed by Matthew Burbridge on August 12, 2016