Skeleton Run by John L. DeBoer

The Bandwagon reviewer James McStravick reads Skeleton Run by John L.DeBoer.

2014-03-22 11.20.22James McStravick by day is a mild mannered Software Tester and by night he runs the Observant Raven blog ( The blog is dedicated predominately to book reviews  with the odd dabble in articles focused on all things bookish. He loves nothing more than reading by the fire either in silence or with some nice orchestral soundtracks playing. As well as his love for all things bookish he also enjoys playing video games, watching TV/Films/Anime and testing his culinary skills on new recipes.

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Twenty years ago, four teenage boys left a baby behind in a crushed car after they caused the tragic accident that took the mother’s life. Ever since, they’ve guarded the secret that would’ve ruined their lives and destroyed their future careers. But when one of them succumbs to illness, a blackmailer makes contact, and the survivors realize that, somehow, someone else knows. Now, everything that matters to them is at stake.

I’m not usually one for reading books like this, but the summary really intrigued me, so I wanted to pick it up.

24700600As soon as I read the first chapter, it had me hooked. As the book progressed it became increasingly interesting to hear about each characters’ perspective and situation. There were some characters, such as the Grangers, that I grew to dislike the more I read about them, but aside from that I generally liked most of the characters.

I felt particularly drawn towards the Dawsons (Jim and Michelle), and grew emotionally attached to their situation. The only gripe I had with Jim Dawson was that, towards the end of the book, he made a decision that seemed unbelievable to me, as I don’t think anyone would make a life or death decision like that so easily or willingly.

The book delved into a few medical concepts; it was clear that the author had a lot of knowledge and experience in this field. I also enjoyed how the book dealt with some difficult circumstances when it comes to some medical conditions, as well as how the characters felt about it and how they dealt with it.

Ultimately, the story was very well-written, and generally its pace was steady, apart from a few pacing issues during the middle, as I sometimes I felt the political proceedings were overly drawn out, and some scenes seemed slower than the overall pace of the book. Even with these and other issues previously mentioned, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book, and liked how it always had you on the edge of your seat. I thoroughly recommend it to other people who enjoy this genre.

To find out more about Skeleton Run, visit the author’s website.  

Further reading
The Side Effect, The Flame, Get The Picture, & The Sincerest Form of Flattery


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