Book Review: You Can Run

The past few weeks, I’ve concentrated more on writing so my reading time has been limited. I requested an advanced reader copy of You Can Run from Net Galley after reading a friend’s review. I’m thrilled to have been approved for it. The book releases on January 25, 2022


Laurel Snow wouldn’t call hunting a serial killer a vacation, but with a pile of dead bodies unearthed near her Genesis Valley, WA, hometown, she’ll take what she can get. Yet something about this case stirs her in unexpected ways. Like the startling connection she feels to Dr. Abigail Caine, a fiercely intelligent witness with a disturbing knack for making Laurel feel like she has something on her. Then there’s Laurel’s attraction to Huck Rivers, the fish and wildlife officer guiding her to the crime scene—and into the wilderness . . .
A former soldier and a trained sniper, Huck seems to have his own secrets, not least of which are his whereabouts the night yet another woman disappears. And when the body is dumped where Laurel can’t help but find it, she knows this cat and mouse game is deeply personal . . .
Once in the heart of darkness with Huck, Laurel must negotiate her conflicting feelings for him, her complex rapport with Abigail—and her mission to find a serial killer among a growing list of suspects and a danger that’s far too close to home. So close in fact, Laurel fears she will never find her way back to the woman she once was . . .

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mystery and Suspense is my favorite genre to read, especially when there’s a touch of romance, so you can bet I was excited to read Rebecca Zanetti’s You Can Run.

FBI Agent Laurel Snow receives a phone call from her mother stating her uncle is a suspect in the deaths of several women. Laurel requests to be assigned to the case and returns to her hometown of Genesis Valley, Washington.

Once there, she meets Fish and Wildlife officer Huck Rivers. Laurel is a genius, having finished high school at the age of eleven. Huck is a loner who works primarily in search and rescue missions. He has his own demons from the past to deal with.

The two of them are teamed together to find a serial killer. As you can imagine, sparks fly (in more ways than one).

I like the author’s development of the main characters. Secondary characters are equally intriguing, and I kept trying to guess the killer’s identity up to the end. The story is set in the winter when the climate is brutal and that adds to the suspense.

You Can Run reaches a satisfying conclusion and leaves the story open for future books in the series. I for one look forward to reading more about Laurel and Huck.

Five stars for this one, and I count it as one of my favorite reads this year. Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Books for an advanced reader copy.

34 thoughts on “Book Review: You Can Run

      1. Rebecca Zanetti is a new author for me. I like the premise of a protagonist with such a high IQ but socially awkward 🙂 It reminds me of the main character from the TV series Bones 🙂 So well defined and Kathy Reichs had a saying in the script. Although in her books the same protagonist is at a ripe age 😉 – also enjoyable. 🙂

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  1. “One of my favorite books of the year” is high praise, Joan. I saw another review of this book that also highly recommended it. The setting and characters appeal to me, and I’m glad it kept you guessing until the end. 🙂 Thanks for the review. 🙂

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