A Time to Run by J.M. Peace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: paperback copy courtesy of publisher
A thrilling debut by J.M. Peace, A Time to Run tells of what happens when a police officer turns victim. As a serving police officer, Peace would have many experiences in policing and the challenge was to put all this in a book that engages the reader. And… it was so furiously engaging, I finished it in a day (a long time ago, I could’ve said, ‘in one sitting’, but with a job & 2 little ones… “a day” basically means “1 sitting”).
Samantha (Sammi) Willis is a dedicated police officer. You would expect that as such, she would be very aware of just how easily one becomes a victim. You would have thought her to be extra vigilant. This was the first part I struggled with in this novel. However, considering the circumstances (the drinks, the late hour, the weariness, the possible threat of something worse), I guess, sometimes, you’d let slip and ‘trust’ a stranger. Unfortunately, this time, it doesn’t turn out so good for Sammi.
An extract relating to the above paragraph can be found on J.M. Peaces’s blog, here
A Time to Run spans over one weekend. I compare it to 24 (tv series) but 72 instead. There’s a ‘snapshot’ of the day/time (bold headers) before each unfolding event. Each was short and sweet with alternating perspectives between Sammi, the bad guy, and the ones looking for them. This structure sets the pace and tone of the story -it was fast, tight, and exhilarating. There were a couple of instances that I thought she was fact-dropping about policing but that’s basically 2 sentences in 228 pages -they were kind of woven into the story but still stood out to me so that could’ve been done differently.
I found A Time to Run to be very realistic. I like that the ending isn’t all rosy, that such a horrific event will affect a person’s functions terribly and that the law isn’t perfect. I think the author has been very successful in being very convincing through multiple perspectives despite their varied backgrounds and very different intents. Overall, a terrific debut that will leave you wanting more. Thankfully, Peace is working on a sequel…or two!
Thanks to Macmillan Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review
An avid reader and writer from an early age, JM Peace wanted to be a writer. So she studied journalism figuring this would be a way of turning a passion into a job. Her career as a print journalist failed after a single year, and the experience completely sucked the joy out of writing for her. So she took a complete change of direction and became a police officer. Over the past 15 years, she has served throughout south-east Queensland in a variety of different capacities, including Intelligence and CIB.
After her children were born, the dangers and stresses of the job made it unappealing. In the search for a new career path, she returned to her childhood dream. Carving a spare hour out of every day, she wrote the manuscript for A Time To Run whilst juggling her family commitments, police work and running a household. A Time To Run was elevated out of the slush pile after it was accepted on to the 2013 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. It was subsequently accepted by Pan Macmillan Australia.
Jay currently lives on the Sunshine Coast with her partner, wrangling her two cheeky children, a badly behaved dog and an anti-social cockatiel. Although she travelled extensively when she was younger, these days she is just happy if she makes it as far as the beach on the weekend. Her current goals are trying to teach her children to surf and finishing the sequel to A Time To Run.
Jay is astounded and delighted in equal parts by words of encouragement from strangers. You can connect with her at on Facebook at JM Peace Author, Twitter at @jmpeaceauthor and Goodreads at JM Peace.
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