This is the perfect Australian (based in Qld) authentic voiced, police procedural.
Time To Run
J M Peace
A Time to Run is a tense crime thriller set in the Queensland bush featuring a cop-turned-victim and a Wolf Creek-style killer.
J.M. Peace is a serving police officer on the Sunshine Coast and over the past 15 years she has worked throughout south-east Queensland in a variety of different capacities.
J.M. writes with chilling authenticity and a strong Australian voice.
The hunt is on
A GRUESOME GAME
A madman is kidnapping women to hunt them for sport.
A FRANTIC SEARCH
Detective Janine Postlewaite leads the investigation into the disappearance of Samantha Willis, determined not to let another innocent die on her watch.
A SHOCKING TWIST
The killer’s newest prey isn’t like the others. Sammi is a cop. And she refuses to be his victim.
A RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.
I loved this read – with its authentic police voice, its gripping narrative, its wonderful strong female protagonists and its Queensland setting.
The details of policing/investigating that the author shares with the reader are intriguing and realistic. Too often crime fiction novels or movies/TV series based on crime fiction skip a lot of these type of details, giving their protagonists the power to do as they please, how they please. This narrative reveals the reality of the work, chapters alternate between settings in the police station where we see the hard work being played out and the legal requirements being adhered to juxtaposed against scenes of Sammi in the forest, scenes of the practical against the tense, emotional and terrifying.
Jay Peace subtly weaves important lessons into this narrative when she chooses a cop as the victim of this crime; consciously or unconsciously her voice is saying “this could happen to you, if it can happen to a cop it can happen to anyone.” She is saying don’t blame the victim, it is not her fault she was targeted, blame the perpetrator.
The pace is fast, the tension grows as we race to find Sammi. The reader often finds themselves asking “what they would do if in this situation.” Sammi is practical, focussed and realistic, the hint of paranormal/Angels adds an extra dimension to her character and to the read. Is she hallucinating? Is she dreaming? I loved this element of the story – just a wisp of “other worldly” adding interest and asking questions that the author lets you answer.
A great debut novel that only leaves one question unanswered, when is the next book in this series ready for release?
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Very glad you enjoyed this, Carol. I do like authentic voices and senses of place when I read. And police procedurals can be extremely absorbing.
Then I think this is one for you Margot 🙂
Great review. The book is gripping isn’t it. I usually dislike ‘chase through the woods’ type books but this wasn’t overly expanded or unrealistic. I could relate to Sammie’s situation… although I can’t imagine how badly her feet were cut after having to run about without shoes! Ouch!
You c n imagine this happening cant you Deb – realism that isn’t over the top.
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