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You Can Run by Rebecca Zanetti
Narrator: Amy Landon
Series: Laurel Snow #1
Published by Tantor Audio on March 29, 2022
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 10 hours, 7 minutes
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Laurel Snow wouldn’t call hunting a serial killer a vacation, but with a pile of dead bodies unearthed near her Genesis Valley, WA, hometown, she’ll take what she can get. Yet something about this case stirs her in unexpected ways. Like the startling connection she feels to Dr. Abigail Caine, a fiercely intelligent witness with a disturbing knack for making Laurel feel like she has something on her. Then there’s Laurel’s attraction to Huck Rivers, the fish and wildlife officer guiding her to the crime scene - and into the wilderness....
A former soldier and a trained sniper, Huck’s thirst for blood is rivaled only by his fierce pursuit of Laurel. He’s been burned by love, wounded by the government, and betrayed before, and to say he has trust issues is the ultimate understatement .
I enjoy a good romantic suspense with some police procedural and romantic elements. You Can Run has all those and sets up the world for the Laurel Snow series.
Laurel is an experienced FBI agent who consults primarily on serial killer cases. She comes back to her hometown where her mother lives, as her mother is worried about her uncle Carl. Laurel investigates a serial killer case with the fish and wildlife officers. Huck Rivers is put in charge of the task force, along with his dog, and they work as partners. He works in Search & Rescue and knows the area well. She also gets an agent from the Portland office and hires a single mom, Kate, to assist her. The local sheriff is a dick, hence the federal task force.
Laurel is a prodigy having gone to college at 11, so she’s young for her role. Her work follows mostly normal procedures but in a small town area, she keeps getting tangled up with suspects where she has a personal connection like her uncle Carl, or even Huck . There are a few things which seem unrealistic but mostly I could overlook them.
Laurel goes through many personal changes in this story including learning about her father who she never knew, and other family. She gets to know more people locally since she moved away at age 11. The investigation allows her to stay in town and spend more time with her mother.
The case is gruesome, having many victims. At first, it appears they are mostly prostitutes from the cities like Portland and Seattle. The women are all blond and mostly in their twenties. They have found ~10 bodies from the past two years. Our point of view is primarily Laurel, but we get a bit of the killer. Neither Laurel or I figured out the killer until the very end although there are many suspects. Laurel is in a lot of danger as the killer plays games with her and tries to kill her, as she works the case. I look forward to You Can Hide in November 2022.
Amy Landon is a narrator I know and enjoy. I thought her voices worked well for Laurel and the other characters. There was distinction between character’s voices. I was able to listen comfortably at my usual 1.5x speed.
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