Girl on the Run by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Girl on the Run by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Girl on the Run by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

College student Courtney Middleton disappeared fifteen years ago. Everyone presumed she was dead…

Detective Madison Knight shows up at the local train station in the aftermath of a fatal shooting, and finds two women killed on scene. One was expecting her first child. The other was a wife and mother of two children and has Madison seeing a ghost from her past. She’s convinced the woman is her missing college friend, but why would she change her identity? And where has she been all this time?

There’s no lead on the gunman, but eyewitnesses tell of a mysterious young woman who may have triggered him. There’s no sign of her either—or another man who is said to watch over her all the time.

As the investigation continues, a drug-trafficking ring is exposed with connections to the Russian Mafia. The girl is one of their runners, and the man shadowing her is one of their handlers. When he’s found murdered in his apartment, shot with bullets of the same caliber used in the train station shooting, Madison knows the Russians will retaliate. She also realizes the women weren’t killed in some random incident.

As Madison works to figure out that piece of the puzzle, she’ll need to stay one step ahead of the mob to beat them to the elusive gunman and the girl. But when saving them puts her life and that of a loved one in danger, Madison finds out too late that the cost for justice comes at too high a price.

This is book 11 in the Detective Madison Knight series but works fine as a stand-alone read. I joined late to this series at book 8, but now that I have read 4 titles, I’m well into the continuity between titles plus seeing what makes Madison tick and her relationships with other regular characters. I’m still planning to go back to read the earlier titles in this series.

A little different to usual but this book has an enticing prologue in the near future, so as I continued reading, I kept wondering when I would reach that point in the tale.

The main story begins with a shooting at the railway station. Two women are dead and a third is taken to hospital, seriously injured. Madison is quickly on the scene having just been queueing nearby for her early morning coffee.

Madison and partner Terry try to piece together whether this is a random killing or if there is a connection between the victims. Witness statements indicate the gunman started yelling after a young woman shoplifted in front of everyone before vanishing.

Who is this girl? Was she a diversion? Can they find her as well as the shooter? Further investigation is pointing at the girl being a drugs runner for the Russian mafia. Then another body turns up in the docks. It is the girl’s usual handler. Will the mafia retaliate? The urgency is on, the girl has run but can they reach her before the mafia do?

But when they go to inform the victims’ husbands, a photo stops Madison in her tracks. Morgan, one of the victims is the spitting image of Courtney, a friend of Madison’s who mysteriously disappeared 15 years ago. Could Morgan be Courtney? Is it relevant to the case?

So many intertwined threads to unravel in this thrilling book. A gripping page turner which had me on the edge of my seat.

Girl on the Run is available on Amazon. Once again a fantastic story from best-selling author Carolyn Arnold.

This is the 15th book I’ve read by this excellent author and here are the links to my reviews of other titles by Carolyn Arnold.
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters
The Silent Witness
One More Kill
Black Orchid Girls

About the author

Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.

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