Book Review: Running Girl

General Information:

Pages: 434

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Series: Garvie Smith Mysteries

Author: Simon Mason

Publisher: David Fickling Books

Source: Purchased

ISBN: 9-78191-0200674

Release Date: January 2nd 2014

Book Format: Paperback

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What’s the point, anyway? Life sucks. Nothing ever happens.

Until Chloe Dow’s body is pulled from a pond.

DI Singh is already on the case. Ambitious, uptight, methodical – he’s determined to solve the mystery and get promoted. He doesn’t need any ‘assistance’ from notorious slacker, Smith.

Or does he?

My Thoughts: This is not a cliche mystery book. This is so much more.

When you expect to read about a mystery book, you expect the detective to be an A+ student with perfect self-presentation and no bad habits. Garvie Smith is none of these things. Our famed protagonist has never gotten an A in his life, constantly in trouble with the police and his mother and he smokes.

But, maybe the above is what makes Garvie Smith Garvie Smith. And what makes this book the five star book I love.

This book will plunge you into the criminal world. Told from the perspective of a juvie with a mother with serious problems with his choice of friends, this book will never stop entrancing you.

With constant plot twists and shallow escapes from the police, this book is by far one of my favourite books I have read this year. Simon Mason, there had better be a sequel!

~Laurena

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