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Dead girl running
2018
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Kellen Adams (Female), Assistant manager, Married, Homeless, Tries to run away from her past; takes a job as an assistant manager of a vacation resort; discovers a dead body
Genre
Fiction
Romance
Suspense
Topics
Murder investigations
Secrets
Friendship
Fear
Emotions
Crime
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  Library Journal Review

Competent, observant, and battle-hardened after serving in the Middle East, army veteran Kellen Adams has returned to the States and is settling into a job as assistant manager at Yearning Sands, an upscale, rather isolated resort on Washington's Pacific Coast. It is safe, remote, and just what she wanted-until the mutilated remains of the former hotel manager are discovered. Now Kellen is drawn into a bizarre smuggling mystery and the hunt for the deadly "Librarian," a killer who could be almost anyone-even vaguely familiar Max Di Luca. But Kellen has been living a lie, and with no memory of how she got a gunshot scar on her forehead, she can't help but wonder if the past has tracked her down. Skillful flashbacks gradually reveal the nagging mysteries in Kellen's clouded history as this haunted heroine faces her fears. A cameo by Sheriff Kateri -Kwinault from Dodd's "Virtue Falls" books is sure to please fans and highlight the link between these two series. VERDICT Complex, intense, and engrossing, this riveting romantic thriller has a chilling gothic touch and just enough red herrings and twists to keep readers on edge. Dodd (The Woman Who Couldn't Scream) lives in Washington State. [Previewed in Joyce Sparrow's "Love Is All Around," LJ 10/15/17.] © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Bestseller Dodd's new thriller takes place on the dark, rainy North Pacific Coast. Kellen Adams is running away from a past she can't completely remember. After a stint in the army, she becomes the assistant manager of an isolated resort in Virtue Falls, Wash., where she makes an effort to hire fellow veterans. She's comfortable leading the hotel team until she discovers a woman's mutilated body on the property. With Sheriff Kateri Kwinault (familiar from The Woman Who Couldn't Scream) not close enough to provide consistent support, Kellen reluctantly investigates the hotel staff and guests to determine whether they might be behind the gruesome murder. She doesn't know whether to trust a guest claiming to be a government agent investigating a smuggling ring; the hotel's security adviser, who is hiding in bushes hoping to catch a smuggler in the act; or the hotel owner's nephew, who unexpectedly arrives to lend his assistance. A series of twists and turns lead to a surprise ending, but this story won't completely satisfy readers seeking the emotional payoff of Kellen's discovery of her lost past. Still, Dodd does a masterly job of maintaining suspense. Agent: Mel Berger, William Morris Endeavor. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Kirkus Review

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, creativethough slightly far-fetchedromantic suspense novel. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
I have three confessions to make:<br> <br> 1. I've got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.<br> <br> 2. I don't remember an entire year of my life.<br> <br> 3. My name is Kellen Adams...and that's half a lie.<br> <br> Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There, amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder...then another.<br> <br> Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she's come to call home. Yet she wonders--with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past, could the killer be staring her in the face?
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