Woo hoo!! It’s the weekend!!!! Do you need a new book? Well stay with me as I’m thrilled to be welcoming the blog tour for Cath Staincliffe’s latest book Running Out Of Road.
Massive thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the blog tour and to Constable for my advanced copy of Running Out Of Road.
A missing schoolgirl, a middle-aged recluse, an exploited teenager. Lives thrown into chaos and set on collision course. With the police in hot pursuit.
Scarlett is dancing in the school talent show tomorrow. Nana, who Scarlett lives with since Mum died, reckons Scarlett will be on Strictly at this rate. Except Scarlett doesn’t make it home from school. She’s abducted by a man she never imagined she’d see again. A man on the police’s most wanted list. Her dad.
Ron has made a living as a house and pet sitter since quitting his career on the front line in the fire service. He’s currently looking after a place deep in the Derbyshire Peaks. The solitude suits him. And managing animals is so much simpler than coping with other people.
Dylan’s a ‘cuckoo’, dealing drugs on the county line, moving from nest to nest, picking out people who daren’t say no. Keeping his head down, one step ahead of the law. So far. But now everything’s falling apart.
DS Laura O’Neil is running on empty after nights dealing with her teething toddler. But Laura is driving the hunt for Scarlett and knows that every minute counts. Any delay, any mistake might cost Scarlett her life. A devastating prospect.
PC Ahmed Ali discovers a seriously injured man in a drug den and chases his suspected attacker across the hills. Ahmed is determined to bring him to justice. But fate has other plans in store.
A race against time, played out in the brooding wilderness, the limestone gorges and gritstone edges of the Peak District. Themes of escape and entrapment, of shifting loyalties and new alliances, of violence, fear and love, resilience, kindness and hope.
What Did I Think?
What’s that? A police procedural crime thriller set in the Peak District you say? I’ll have a bit of that! I grew up in the Derbyshire Dales so having a book based in the area I spent my formative years is always a treat!
The cast Staincliffe has curated is diverse which gives the book an edge. Take Dylan, a boy on the run from dangerous criminals and “the feds” and Scarlett, a young girl snatched by the man who ruined her family – her dad. Each character plays their part brilliantly as the story develops and the ticking clock to rescue Scarlett ticks so loudly. I was hooked from start to finish both as a crime fiction fan and as a parent desperate for the safe return of such a young innocent.
Staincliffe has formulated a fab fast paced crime thriller, using Mother Nature’s torrential hand as a backdrop making travelling difficult along dangerous country roads. She’s made the Peak District a character in itself. I thoroughly enjoyed my chase around the familiar countryside living in hope that Laura and Ahmed will save young Scarlett from her fugitive father. This may be my first dabble with the author’s writing but it definitely won’t be my last! The pace was bang on, imagery brilliant and the characters interesting 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Who Is Cath Staincliffe?
Cath Staincliffe is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV’s hit series Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath’s books have been short-listed for the British Crime Writers Association Best First Novel award, for the Dagger in the Library twice and twice for the Short Story Dagger, winning in 2012. She was a winner of the WGGB Best Radio Drama Award in 2019. Cath’s Sal Kilkenny private eye series features a single-parent sleuth working the mean streets of Manchester. Her debut Looking For Trouble was serialised on Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, informed by Cath’s own experience. Letters To My Daughter’s Killer was selected for Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club in 2014 and featured on ITV3’s Crime Thriller Club. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey novels based on the popular UK TV series. Cath created the probate detective series Legacy for BBC Radio 4 and guest writes on the Stone police drama. Her recent stand-alone novels examine the impact of crime on ordinary families. The Girl in the Green Dress was inspired by her experience as the parent of a transgender child. Cath’s latest book, Quiet Acts of Violence sees detective duo DI Donna Bell and DC Jade Bradshaw investigating the death of a newborn baby and launching a hunt for her missing mother. Cath is one of the founding members of Murder Squad – a group of Northern crime writers who give readings, talks and signings around the country. Cath was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK and now lives in Manchester, Lancashire with her family. You can follow her on Twitter, @CathStaincliffe, where she hangs about when she should be busy writing!