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Runner by Patrick Lee

It’s the middle of the night. Sam Dryden has insomnia. He decides to head out for a run on the boardwalk. That’s where he runs into Rachel, and quickly realizes that this is not going to be an ordinary night.

Rachel is only eleven, so why is she being chased by a group of heavily armed men? She bears such a look of genuine terror that Sam has no reason to doubt her motives. And then, she does one more thing that proves that she is no ordinary girl.

Naturally, Sam Dryden feels compelled to help the young girl escape. But, he soon realizes that there’s a lot more to the story than meets the eye. Firstly, why would a group of heavily armed men, chase an eleven-year old girl in the middle of the night?

Rachel seems to have no recollection of who she is, apart from her name and the fact that she has been held prisoner for months by an agency doing experiments on her. And, because of these experiments, she has a heightened sense that is quite out of the ordinary. 

To complicate matters, Sam realizes that he’s lost his wallet during the chase, and now he’s also the target of a manhunt. He can no longer take Rachel to the sanctuary of his home – when he quickly realizes that highly trained paramilitary forces are waiting for the both of them there.

From the moment the book begins it feels like a race. Patrick Lee has done a phenomenal job in enthralling us in a novel that keeps us guessing right till the end.

Although the story resembles none other, there is a familiar feeling I get when reading Runner by Patrick Lee. It reminds me of the same exciting flutter I get when watching a high-paced thriller like The Bourne Identity. It’s a racing of the heart that just won’t quit until you’ve completed the adventure.

Runner by Patrick Lee is published by Minotaur Books and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books
4.5 out of 5 Sukasa Stars

Review by @ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)