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Stand-alone Suspense/Thrillers


Girl on the Run

Girl on the Run

Stand-alone Suspense

Murder. Betrayal. Justice!

"Readers will be shocked by this exciting, fast-paced thriller's twists and turns."
   —Kirkus Reviews

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When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free?

Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she's been drugged, she can't explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can't escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairytale costumes; Snow White's dead body shielding her from bullets.

Though Chessa is a former costumer and adept at disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever.

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"A twisting tale of family secrets with a shocking murder at its core and a wicked ending that will keep you turning the pages until the end."
   —Jamie Freveletti, internationally bestselling author of Running From the Devil

"Spellbound from start to finish. This author grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. A fantastic debut into the suspense genre."
   —Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

"GIRL ON THE RUN has everything I look for in a thriller: captivating characters, provocative twists, and a story I'll be thinking about for weeks. Daryl Gerber Wood has crafted an enthralling tale of betrayal, love, and justice."
   —Debra Smouse, Life Coach & Author of Create a Life You Love

"Nonstop action and a surprise around every corner! This completely entertaining thriller—with taut suspense, a timely plot, devastating secrets, and a touch of romance—will have you turning pages as fast as you can. Fans of Meg Gardiner and Melinda Leigh will devour this!"
   —Hank Phillippi Ryan Anthony, Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark Award winning author

"GIRL ON THE RUN never lets you catch your breath. With a heart-pounding pace and twists you'll never see coming, it's guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat."
   —Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award-winning Author of Blood Always Tells

"The many unusual characters, the beautiful Lake Tahoe setting, and a spunky and resourceful heroine, make this a must-read mystery."
   —Kings River Life Magazine

"With a compelling, savvy and sympathetic protagonist, Gerber skillfully weaves a masterful plot with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right until the explosive finale. A real page-turner and a satisfying read."
   —Hannah Dennison, The Honeychurch Hall Mysteries, The Vicky Hill Mysteries

"The pace of this suspense story was like a roller coaster ride... always moving but with some unexpected twists and turns thrown in."
   —Kim Davis, Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder Blog

Chucklin Inc., digital, April 2016, ISBN: 9780997361100