When I saw that Charlotte Greene had a new book coming out, I jumped at the chance to get it. Ms. Greene is one of my favorite authors, and her last two novels have been awesome. I wish I could say the same for her newest tale, On the Run. Don’t get me wrong, it is a fairly interesting read, and I’m glad I read it. It just doesn’t quite equal the kind of writing she has done in the past.
The intrigue and thriller part of the story is pretty good. The tale reads well and the pace of the book is fine. I enjoyed reading where the two main characters, Gwen and Annie are running not only from the police but from criminals trying to stop them from finding the money that Annie stole. Even with this part of the story, there were a few problems with the plot. For instance, Gwen and Annie wander through stores, fast food joints, bars, etc. all through the tale, and no one seems to recognize them even though they both look very distinctive. One has a partially shaved head with piercings and tattoos, while the other is very pale, and petite with blonde hair that is almost white. They do this while their pictures are being splashed all over the news on tv and in print. It’s very unrealistic that they would never be spotted and turned in for the reward being offered.
My biggest problem with the novel involves the romance. I had trouble connecting with the characters at first. Later in the story it got better, and I finally started liking the main characters, but that was way into the second half of the book. I also had problems seeing the attraction between the two until the second half as well. The romance seemed almost forced, not something that naturally happened.
I know the above sounds rather negative, but this really is not a bad story. If you like adventure/thriller stories with police chases and hiding from bad guys, you might like this book. The adventure part of this novel is good enough for me to give it a 3.5 star rating, but I can’t go any higher so my final rating will end up as a 3 star rating.
I will be looking for future novels from Ms. Greene. As I said above, she is an excellent author, so I don’t want to miss out on her future works.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.