Series- 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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I’ve been driving aimlessly around Chicago for at least five hours now, hoping for some sort of divine inspiration. I need an indication of what I should do next. By now my parents must be out of their heads, wondering what’s become of me. On a normal day I would be getting up for school right now. Instead I’m downing my fourth cup of coffee in as many hours, trying to keep my eyes forced open when all they want to do is close for a little while. My phone has been buzzing all night. Calls from my parents, from Carter and from a few other friends my parents must have contacted in an effort to find me. And of course, another few calls from Liam, full of thinly veiled threats. I haven’t answered any of them, no matter how badly I wanted to.
I’ve listened to every voicemail, though; heard my mother trying to hold back tears while she begged me to please just call her, and the slight tinge of panic painting Carter’s words when he said he was worried about me and please could I at least text him back and tell him I’m alive. Hearing their voices, their worry for me, all I want to do is turn around and go home, but I know that option isn’t available to me now. I’ve been going over possible scenarios in my head while I drive in ever-widening circles around Union Station. I know I have to run. Now that I’ve seen what Liam is capable of, there isn’t a doubt in my mind. Not only would he come after me if I was to return home, he’d target my parents and the Emersons in an effort to punish me. For all of our sakes, I need to get as far away as possible and sever all ties to my loved ones. The question is, where do I run and what the hell do I do once I get there?
★✩★✩★ 5- Fast Paced, Terror Filled -Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
I can't go home; I'd be painting a giant target on the back of everyone I love.
Claire McBride just became an unwilling witness to a brutal murder at the hands of someone she thought she could trust, and now she's on the run. At sixteen years old, life as she knows it is over. Alone and terrified, she is forced to leave everything and everyone she knows behind in order to keep them safe. More than anything she wants to confide in her best friend, the boy who has been at her side for most of her life, but she has no other option than to keep him in the dark about what happened and where she is-to tell him anything would put him in incredible danger and she just can't risk him like that. With a killer on her heels is there such a thing as far enough away and is hiding out really the right choice or is she pushing a crazed killer too far?
Carter Emerson just woke up to a nightmare, one there is no escape from. His best friend since kindergarten has vanished without a trace, with no explanation and no leads and there is absolutely nothing he can do about it. After finding her car abandoned hours away from home, he and his brother begin to fear the worst. Will he ever see Claire again? Is she alive, is she hurt, how can he help her? With nothing but questions running through his head, and no answers, Carter is slowly starting to lose hope. The longer she is gone the bigger the chance she will simply turn into a cold case and not knowing is almost worse.
“It's gonna be okay. We'll find her, Carter. I promise. Whatever it takes.”
I can't breathe, so I couldn't respond even if I wanted to. I don't believe him, but I don't want to tell him and make him feel any worse. So I let my brother lie to me while the pessimistic part of my mind goes over all the horrible things that could've happened to my friend, and I feel like I've been hollowed out inside.
I cannot begin to explain how much I am in love with these authors. They have this way of pulling me completely into their story right from the beginning and refusing to let go til the bitter end, and even then I still can't get the story or these characters outta my head. I just want more. I NEED MORE. I have to know what happens next, even though I'm secretly dreading the worst. Their female leads are always exceptional and Claire is no different. For a young character, she is brave and strong beyond her years, doing what she has to to survive. Most people would crack under the pressure she has weighing on her, but she pushes on to keep those she loves safe. I have the very strong urge to protect her, hold her, hug her, hide her, she pushes me into Momma Bear Mode BIG TIME. My heart bleeds for her and the situation she is in, losing everything and alone to fend for herself. I can't imagine living in that state of fear and loneliness due to no fault of her own. I felt bad for Carter too. He lost someone pretty damn close to him and I can't imagine feeling that helpless, although I wanted to slap the pessimist right outta him, even if I did understand the way he was feeling. This whole book is spent sitting on the edge of your seat, radiating tension, wondering what the hell is around the corner and I can still feel myself vibrating waiting to find out what happens next. These ladies do this to me every time and I kinda love them for it.... even as I also want to hunt them down and DEMAND ANSWERS, so bravo on another job fantastically done you two.
I wish I could go back home and reclaim my life. I wish, I wish, I wish, but I know in my heart that wishing is futile.
Weight- Didn’t your mother ever tell you its NOT polite to ask a lady that question?
Personality- I have one...what else would you like to know?
Last Book You Read- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Favorite Quote- “Oh, I don't believe in getting even but giving what you deserve.” from “DONE.” by The Band Perry
Biggest Fear- Spiders and snakes- gross!
Last Song You Listened To- ”Wasted” by Carrie Underwood
Favorite Food- Mrs. Emerson’s fried chicken and all the fixings.
When writing from Claire’s pov, this is the playlist (or some of it) that I listened to. :)
I Told You So (with Randy Travis)
Heart on my Sleeve
So Far Away
I’m A Mess
Take it Back
The Band Perry-
Fall Out Boy-
Grand Theft Autumn
Thnks fr th Mmrs
One Night Town (with Mat Kearney)
Ho Hey by The Lumineers
Famous Last Words by My Chemical Romance
I’m Not Okay, I Promise by My Chemical Romance
and pretty much the entire 1989 album by Taylor Swift
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 shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Melissa Simmons.
Melissa Simmons is an avid reader who married her soul mate and is the proud mother of a spoiled cat. She spends her days helping promote independent authors and doing what the voices in her head tell her to. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Allana Kephart.
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