Feature book: See Her Run
See Her Run by AK Leigh
Diana King is on the run from her psychopathic, soon to be ex-husband. She has been placed into witness protection and moved to a small town, Smithfield, North Carolina. Diana is recovering from debilitating injuries suffered during her marriage.
Diana married Richard Russo when she was young and after the death of her parents. She was naïve and coerced into marriage with Russo who was controlling and abusive. However, Diana managed to escape, and holds crucial information for an upcoming court case against her husband. In Smithfield, Diana slowly becomes involved in small town life. She has a job in the local café and is studying and making new friends. She is also on the long road to recovery with the help of a physical therapist, and a psychologist. More of Diana’s horrifying back story comes to light as her therapy continues.
Coincidentally, another witness in the same court case has moved back to the same town. Jonathon Smith has long held family ties and property in Smithfield. He and Diana are attracted to each other. Jonathon thinks that Diana reminds him of someone, not realising he had met Diana before. Diana gradually lets down her guard with Jon, and their relationship develops.
However, Diana is frightened that her ex-husband will find her. In fact, Russo hires an investigator to search for her. As the story progresses, Diana comes under threat and so do her friends.
Diana shows strength of character in the way she is pushing herself to recover from her injuries, and also improving her skills so that she can have a better life. She has been through a horrifying marriage and is trying to trust men again. Her relationship with Jon is gentle, loving and caring. Jon is a saint and very patient with Diana.
AK Leigh is an Australian author and this is her debut novel. See Her Run shows a lot of promise and was entertaining, although it took me a while to get into the story. I found that the storyline in the beginning jumped around and left gaps, which made it frustrating to follow. However, once the story developed, I enjoyed the book more. It had subtle suspense and a lovely, gentle romance.
Reviewed by Nicola S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.