Gumshoes & Grifters #0.5
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Genre- Mature YA/ Contemporary/Suspense / Thriller
Publication Date- February 1st, 2015
Run for your life…
Sixteen-year-old Claire McBride just witnessed a brutal murder at the hands of someone she knew, someone she thought she could trust. Now she’s alone, afraid and desperate to put as many miles as possible between herself and the killer. Seeing no other options, she flees her home town of Galena, leaving behind everything and everyone she’s ever held dear.
Run for your life…
Carter Emerson’s whole world has come crashing down around him. He woke to the news his best friend, Claire has gone missing without a trace, and there’s nothing he can do about it. Finding out her car was abandoned in the busy city of Chicago, he and his brother can’t help but fear the worst… With no solid suspects or leads, it looks like Carter’s worst nightmare could come true, and Claire’s disappearance may turn into a cold case.
Run for your life…
With the killer at her heels, Claire has no choice but to leave Carter in the dark. She can’t risk his safety just because she misses the sound of his voice… But will the run of Claire’s life be worth it in the end? Or will her past catch up with her no matter how hard she tries to escape it?
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AFTER SPENDING ALMOST thirty-six hours on a stuffy, smelly Greyhound bus I have decided that never again will I travel by bus. Ever. I have also discovered that I am prone to motion sickness. Luckily, my intermittent vomiting into a paper bag does spare me the inconvenience of a seat mate. It seems the smell is a deterrent. I manage to snag a few hours of nightmare-filled sleep and wake up shaking in terror, sure that Liam has found me and I am about to join Mr. Miller in the next life. The balding, middle-aged man with the saggy middle in the seat across from mine studies my face for a moment and then shrugs to himself before going back to the book he is reading. Yes folks, chivalry is, in fact, dead, I think to myself, and then grab my Kindle from my messenger bag and try to get lost in fiction for a while.
Every stop we make along the way is absolute torture for me. What if Liam is there lying in wait? What if he hurts someone else trying to get to me? Am I doing the right thing by running away? After beginning to hyperventilate five or six times, I decide to just stare at the floor between my feet whenever the bus pulls to a stop. Hey, maybe it isn’t the perfect solution, but it works.
Wow! I was in a thriller slump due to some rather disappointing reads, and this was a great fix! Action packed and thoughtful, The Escape kept me questioning til the end, not giving me too many hints but upon reflection they certainly were there. I also enjoyed how relevant the book was, with many pop culture references and a Kindle reading heroine. Mel and Lana write together so well that you can’t tell where one begins and the other ends. I’m absolutely looking forward to more from this pair!
About the Authors-
Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age. She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She loves coffee and the color purple. She is the co-author of The Dolan Prophecies Series, Gumshoes & Grifters Series & Fractured Fairytale Standalone series with Melissa Simmons and has published two short stories on her own in the Best Thing I Never Had & Happily (N)ever After anthologies.
Melissa Simmons loves music, reading, her cat and her husband-not necessarily in that order, of course. She is obsessed with all things Disney, Supernatural (tv show) and comic book tv shows/ movies and doesn’t care who knows it. Her favorite superhero is Batman and she will defend his awesomeness to her last breath. When she isn’t writing and plotting, she loves to bake and spends her days helping other authors promote their work. She is the co-author of The Dolan Prophecies Series, Gumshoes & Grifters Series & Fractured Fairytale Standalone series with Allana Kephart and has published a short story on her own in the Best Thing I Never Had anthology. She resides in upstate NY with her husband and their adorable cat.