Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
Angel and Skip would never have expected their school dance to end in a confrontation with three masked men in the parking lot. They definitely wouldn’t have thought that one of those men would give them a case full of money and tell them to leave town. The strange threat of these events is driven home when Angel’s dad gives her an address and a phone number and tells her to run. Between the strange man Angel keeps seeing, her father’s lies, and the friend amongst the masked men in the parking lot, it’s impossible for the pair to know whom they can trust or who their real enemy is.
Run Don’t Think by C.C. Bolick is a fast-paced novel that draws the reader in from page one. Although the beginning was a little confusing, I soon oriented myself in the story. Bolick achieves a perfect balance between action and intrigue as Angel and Skip are plunged into danger. I felt for Skip and Angel as they blundered and panicked through their journey to Detroit. Their reactions are realistic and so relatable. Angel can be annoying at times, mostly because of her somewhat whiny insecurity about Skip’s refusal to have sex with her and her reliance on Skip to make many of the decisions. Other than this, I loved the dynamics between these two characters. Mysteries unfold as the plot picks up speed to lead the reader into a sequence of stunning revelations in the denouement. A light and exciting read, Run Don’t Think is a solid start to Bolick’s latest series.