Girl on the Run by Carolyn Arnold is the eleventh novel in Detective Madison Knight Series. I was not aware that this book was part of a series when I obtained it (I really need to start checking). While I could read Girl on the Run, I believe I would have benefited from reading the first book in the series. I believe it would have given me a different perspective on Detective Madison Knight. I thought Girl on the Run contained good writing with developed characters. I found the pacing to be mixed. There were areas that were fast paced and others that were slow. Detective Madison Knight is not a likeable character in this story. I found her to be annoying and abrasive. Madison is rude and dismissive. I understand that she is dealing with her miscarriage, but that is no excuse for the way she treated people. It seems Madison needs some time off and a good therapist. I did not like the bickering between Madison and her partner, Terry. She also kept punching him in the shoulder. Terry told her repeatedly that she gets more flies with honey than with vinegar (she treated victim’s and their families as well suspects terribly). If I was Terry, I would have asked for a new partner. Madison is extremely confrontational. She was focused on the crime to the exclusion of everything else. I wonder if she believes anyone tells the truth. Madison believes corruption is everywhere (it could be, but the repetitiveness got annoying). The mystery was complex. The crime ties back to previous books. The explanations slowed down the pacing considerably (again, reading the previous books would have been beneficial). Madison and her partner, Terry work hard to get the truth and find the guilty party. The pace increased at the end with the story with their being a rapid conclusion. I thought the story wrapped up a little too quickly. There is a lot of repetitive details in the story especially surrounding the case. Girl on the Run does contain violence and foul language. While Girl on the Run was not a good fit for me, I suggest you read a sample to see if it suits you. We all view books differently. Girl on the Run has a complex crime with curious killings, an exasperated partner, Russian mobsters, corrupt cops, a manager who micromanages, and one dogged detective.
The Avid Reader