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A fast-paced original paperback thriller about a girl who discovers that her mother might not be who she says she is . . . and now someone is hunting them both. Katelyn wants the best for her widowed mom. Surprising her with an online dating profile seems like a good idea. It isn't. Katelyn's mom hasn't just been acting overprotective all these years--she's been hiding something. And now that anyone can find them online , Katelyn is in a desperate race against time to uncover the secrets of the past--not only her mom's, but also her own. As Katelyn's world unravels , she begins to trust the guy who brought this nightmare to her door and to doubt the one person she never thought she would. Because her mom has been hiding for a reason: she's been waiting. Underlined is a line of totally addictive romance, thriller, and horror paperback original titles coming to you fast and furious each month. Enjoy everything you want to read the way you want to read it.…

Girl on the Run

by Abigail Johnson

Overall Book Review:

Girl on the Run was a page-ripping thriller that exceeded expectations.  This fast read had a small cast of characters that was perfect for the pacing and length of the book.  The dialogue between Kaetlyn and Malcom was particularly good–flowing and natural with the occasional touch of humor.  For a thriller, the action seemed plausible for the most part with no sudden development of ninja skills by the young adults, but rather tenacity, determination, and survival-induced action.  The only part that did feel like a stretch was the motivation of a primary character for the climax-inducing confrontation.

This book should have wide age appeal as the protagonist is a senior in high school, but the topics and content aren’t too intense.  The intensity is all in the action flow.  Exciting escapist fiction recommended for the thriller/suspense young adult aficionado!

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Underlined

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious profanities; 6 mild obscenities; 3 derogatory names; 1 scatological word; 3 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore: Report someone was pepper sprayed; car chase with car rammed and injuries inflicted, mention of blood; injuries inflicted when escaping through a tight space, mention of blood; character chased; character kicked in chest; character has been kidnapped, beat (from evidence of injuries), with some description of injuries observed; report that someone murdered someone; wounds bleed; character struggles and falls on glass, cutting arms; characters are pursued and collide with people, mild injuries; characters are knocked unconscious, kicked viciously (adult male kicking teenage female), struggle, and eventually kidnapped; verbal threat to torture by extracting teeth; find a character severely injured with mention of blood, stacked bloodied towels; cut on arm; extended scene with mention and descriptions of blood involving gunshots resulting in life-threatening injuries, death, hitting with a blunt object, struggle; after-the-fact description of final injuries, etc.

Sex/Nudity: Kiss; kiss on cheek; kiss on forehead; hold hands; hand on back; character often aware of proximity of another character; hug; mild sexual reference (joking); report of pregnancy out of wedlock.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, crime, theft.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!