Running Girl by Simon Mason
Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What’s the point, anyway? Life sucks. Nothing ever happens.
Until Chloe Dow’s body is pulled from a pond.
DI Singh is already on the case. Ambitious, uptight, methodical – he’s determined to solve the mystery and get promoted. He doesn’t need any ‘assistance’ from notorious slacker, Smith.
Or does he?
Thoughts before you started reading Running Girl?
CHRISSI: Hmm.. I hadn’t read anything by this author before, but Luna picked it as a choice. I thought it must be good!
LUNA: I read Moon Pie last year and thought it was good so pretty convinced Running Girl would also impress me.
What did you think of Garvie & DI Singh?
CHRISSI: Garvie isn’t the most likeable of characters. I think it’s always made clear, he’s not a character that you’ll be fond of. I found him intriguing though. I liked DI Singh enough. He didn’t really blow me away as a character, but he was interesting enough!
LUNA: Garvie is unlikeable. You know from the blurb he isn’t going to be a character you’ll love but I was hoping there would be some endearing moments, instead he’s just a brat for most of Running Girl.
In contrast I liked DI Singh’s calmness.
CHRISSI: Running Girl is an easy to read book. The storyline is fast-paced and there’s enough going on to keep you engrossed. I really liked the transcripts of conversation.
LUNA: Running Girl is a brilliant as a who-dun-it. There a plenty of twists and turns. Misdirection, so you think you know who is it but then in the next chapter you’re back at the start. It wasn’t until the last couple of chapters where I thought I knew and then it turned out I only had part of the who but got the motive wrong.
CHRISSI: I didn’t really connect with Garvie, I knew it wasn’t going to be a likeable character, but I wanted to find some connection with him and some redeeming factor. That never really came, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.
LUNA: Garvie’s treatment of pretty much everyone but particularly his mother. It’s not until about ¾ of the way through Running Girl that Garvie begins to act a little thoughtful. That’s a lot of pages to read when you don’t like central character, I think that shows you how good Simon Mason is.
Favourite character / moment?
CHRISSI: I didn’t really have a favourite character in this book, but the fact that I still enjoyed it pays testament to Simon Mason’s writing. My favourite moment was like Luna, the mystery as a whole. Finding out who-dun-it… a person I wasn’t expecting.
LUNA: The mystery as a whole.
Was Running Girl what you expected?
CHRISSI: I was expecting a good story, and that’s what I got.
LUNA: Partly, the murder mystery yes. I didn’t expect Garvie to be quite so… well Garvie.
Would you recommend it?