Friday, July 13, 2012

Run Rabbit Run by Kate Johnson

Paperback: 390 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction Spy Thriller
Publisher:  Choc Lit 2012
Source: Choc Lit in return for an unbiased review.
First Sentence:  'Four in the morning and I was painting over the number plate of my boyfriend's car with black nail varnish while I hid in a camera blindspot in a car park in Dover for the early crossing to Calais.'
My Opinion
:  Fast paced, fun read.

I had no idea until after I read this novel that it is actually number 5 in the Sophie Green series, now I understand the dedication at the the front of the book.'To everyone who's emailed, Tweeted and Facebooked to ask what happened to Sophie next'.  It is just that this is only the second book that has been published by Choc Lit from this author.  Run Rabbit Run is perfect for a stand alone read, as you do not need to know anything about Sophie or her past at all.  A fast paced fun read thanks to the runaway imagination that Kate Johnson has. The situations that her heroine Sophie encounters in this story are really way beyond belief and the sheer number of them left me breathless. Despite the feeling of exaggeration making it feel like a female James Bond adventure without the gadgets, I surprised myself by enjoying this novel. 

The novel opens with Sophie on the run after being framed for a murder that she most definitely did not commit, but she now has every law enforcement agency you can think of trying to track her down. Determined to prove her innocence this impetuous young woman who seems to attract trouble has a whole series of escapades whilst trying to do so. 
As Sophie is an ex-spy it is no real surprise that her gorgeous boyfriend Luke Sharpe is an MI6 officer, or was until his girlfriend became a murder suspect! He of course is in an excellent position to keep abreast of the case against her and at the same time try and help her clear her name. The story alternates between telling us what is happening from both their points of view, with the plot keeping you guessing all the way to the end.  It was sometimes quite worrying to know what Luke knew, knowing that Sophie had no idea of the danger she was in. 
Besides Luke's help in absentia Sophie also has the help of Jack, another person framed for a murder he did not commit, whom she met when she first went on the run in the most unforeseeable way! I was never quite sure whether he could be trusted or not.

In the end over the top exaggeration excluded this is a romantic story with adventure and mystery that make Run Rabbit Run worth reading.

        Author Profile
Kate Johnson was born on January 1st 1982, she lives in rural Essex where she belongs to a pride of cats and puts up with a demon puppy. She did actually do most of her homework, but quickly so as to have more time to stare out of the window thinking about heroes. Stay in school, kids. Kate has done a variety of not-particularly great jobs, ranging from airport check-in to lab assistant, but much prefers writing for a living. For one thing, the hours are better, and no one ever tells her off for not ironing her shirt. In fact, the lack of ironing might be the single greatest advantage to being an author. Kate loves going off at mad tangents, which you’d surely never have guessed, but also enjoys reading romance and fantasy, watching funny stuff on TV, drinking coffee by the gallon and occasionally leaving the house.  (Copied directly from Author's Goodreads Profile)

The biographical information and photo used in this post are with thanks to the following websites.

Amazon Author Profile  Goodreads Profile - Kate Johnson   Kate Johnson Official Website 


  1. Great review, sounds like a fab fun read


  2. It is thanks for taking the time to comment Lainy.

  3. I think I read the first in this series - I had no idea there were so many more out! :-)

  4. Rachel@ Kate has moved to a different publisher which is maybe why you missed the others?

  5. Interesting. Have you selected a book to add to this month's Books You Loved yet?

    Have a great week!


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