Dead Girl Running
by Dodd, Christina

Surviving a gunshot wound to the head and struggling to remember an entire year of her life, Kellan Adams finds herself on the run from a husband she hopes is dead and takes a job at a Pacific Coast resort, where she is embroiled in a murder investigation that makes her question both her past and her sanity. 10,000 first printing.

*Starred Review* Disgruntled employees, picky guests, unreliable vendors-Kellen Adams, assistant manager of the Yearning Sands resort, can handle any of those issues without breaking a sweat, but a corpse is something different. Kellen hoped the bones a scavenger dragged onto the resort's grounds might be ancient news, but it turns out the mutilated body belonged to Priscilla Carter, the former assistant manager at Yearning Sands. Now, as if Kellen doesn't have enough on her plate trying to run an exclusive, luxury resort, she also must guess if one of her fellow employees (or even a guest) might be a homicidal maniac. Worse yet, her own tightly held secrets could very well start spilling out, leaving everyone around her wondering exactly what Kellen might be capable of doing-or may already have done-when push comes to shove. No one does high-stakes, high-voltage suspense quite like Dodd (The Woman Who Couldn't Scream, 2017), and her latest flawlessly written novel is another guaranteed keep-the-lights-on-late read. From the unforgettable heroine with a past to the incisively etched cast of secondary characters to the brilliantly imaginative plot, Dodd is at her most wildly entertaining, wickedly witty best. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

When a Washington coastal resort that unwittingly plays host to an international smuggling ring comes under siege, the manager has to sort friend from foe.Kellen Adams' life is a trail of secrets, and even she doesn't know what happened for a full year of it. That missing memory is the line between her past as a helpless, abused wife and her more recent past as a tough, skilled Army officer. Her present consists of working as an assistant manager at Yearning Sands Resort. January is off-season, so owners Leo and Annie Di Luca take a vacation. As soon as they leave and Kellen is in charge, a corpse is found on the property, creating a domino effect of violent events that indicate a smuggling ring is using the remote shoreline to bring stolen artifacts into the country; it's hard to tell whether it's a patron or an employee who's running the show. With a handful of potential suspects and a younger Di Luca sent in to help with security, Kellen has her hands full, but the stakes are getting higher. Maximilian Di Luca makes her uncomfortable, and the guest who claims to be an author is clearly hiding something. But so is Kellen. She knows she's in danger, but when threats from the past and present intertwine, it's hard to tell which is worse. Dodd weaves popular characters from her Virtue Falls and Bella Terra series together, which will delight her fans. However, while she brings her typical intelligence and inventiveness to the plot, there's a bit too much going on, and a couple of twists strain credibility. A vivid, creative—though slightly far-fetched—romantic suspense novel. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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