A Time to Run (Constable Sammi Willis, #1) by J.M. Peace

A Time to Run (Constable Sammi Willis, #1)

A stunning debut from police officer turned writer, J.M. Peace."This taut, believable thriller grabs your attention from the very first line ..." Weekend Post"An exciting and gripping story" Canberra TimesThe hunt is on.A madman is kidnapping women to hunt them for sport.Detective Janine Postlewaite leads the investigation into the disappearance of Samantha Willis, determined not to let another innocent die on her watch.The killer's newest prey i...

Details A Time to Run (Constable Sammi Willis, #1)

TitleA Time to Run (Constable Sammi Willis, #1)
Release DateJul 1st, 2015
PublisherMacmillan Australia
GenreThriller, Mystery, Crime, Cultural, Australia, Fiction

Reviews A Time to Run (Constable Sammi Willis, #1)

  • Phrynne
    A Time to Run is one of those books you just cannot put down. The action all takes place over a few days and the author builds the tension by reporting what is happening to each character at certain times during those days. One moment we are in the bush with Sammi running for her life, then we are with her partner who is going crazy with fear, then we are viewing the police and how far they have got towards discovering Sammi's whereabouts. It is ...
  • Amanda Jane
    Now, this is what I call a suspense novel! It grabs hold of you and never lets up until the very end! I struggled to put this book down it was that good and if you don't bite your nails now then after reading this, there is a distinct possibility you will! The protagonist 26yr old Sammi has an argument with her live in boyfriend Gavin, she needs some space so she decides on spur of the moment to drive 3 hours to her closest friend Candy's place. ...
  • Michael
    I must say that Thrillers/crime novels and I have had a good run this year. Other than the odd disappointment (I'm looking at you Second Life), it seems the genre's have shrugged off the all mighty Gone Girl shadow and have returned to intrigue and creativity as there forte. This i am glad to say is something that continues with A time to Run.When police officer, Samantha Willis makes the fateful decision to visit a friend and go out partying aft...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    I enjoyed this book, A Time to Run: Constable Sammi Willis#1 so much, that the moment I finished it I picked up The Twisted Knot: Constable Sammi Willis #2.It is hard to believe that this is a debut novel. I know JM Peace is a police officer, but this is so much better than I ever expected it to be. I have read other books by police officers turned writer, and largely they have been stilted; more like reading a police report than a gripping novel...
  • Brenda
    The argument escalated between Samantha Willis and her long-time partner Gavin until he left the house for a run to cool down. Sammie decided she needed more than just a couple of hours break from Gavin – phoning her best friend Candy had her throwing some overnight bits and pieces into her car and heading the three hours to Candy’s place. Being a Friday night, Sammie knew the two friends would have a welcome night on the town – she hadn’...
  • Carolyn
    This really was a nail-biting, heart stopping thriller! When Samantha Willis (Sammi to her friends) storms off after a fight with her boyfriend to spend a night out on the town with her girlfriend, little did she know that one stupid move would have her literally running for her life. However, Sammi is smart and also a cop and so begins a battle of wits between the hunter and the hunted. When she goes missing and doesn't turn up for work her frie...
  • Michelle_Mck
    I enjoyed this so very much, it was a non-stop thrilling adventure and for so much of the book my heart was in my mouth.When we meet Sammi at the beginning of the book she gets into a fight with her boyfriend so she decides to head to the City (Brisbane) to go out with her friend and let loose and calm down before she heads home again. The night out gets a bit wild and they end up in some dodgey pub so Sammi decides to head back to her friends ho...
  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    My View:This is the perfect Australian(based in Qld)authentic voiced, police procedural. I loved this read – with its authentic police voice, its gripping narrative, its wonderful strong female protagonists and its Queensland setting. The details of policing/investigating that the author shares with the reader are intriguing and realistic. Too often crime fiction novels or movies/TV series based on crime fiction skip a lot of these type of deta...
  • Craig Sisterson
    This was a fast-moving Australian crime debut that dialled up the thrills and a page-turning atmosphere while leaving me feeling a little wanting when it came to character, especially early on. The plot is one you may have seen in episodes of shows like Law & Order: SVU in recent years: a madman abducts innocent women and takes them to a remote, forested wilderness to 'play' by releasing and hunting them at his leisure. Then the latest kidnapped ...
  • Rosie
    Sammie is a police officer in a small town in Queensland. The book opens with Sammi and her partner, Gavin, having a fight. Sammi storms off to have a girls night out with her friend and unfortunately, things do not go according to plan. A Time to Run is told from the perspective of Gavin, Sammi, Janine (the lead detective), and at times, the perpetrator. This is an incredible read and probably the best thriller book I have read so far this year....
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: kidnapping, murder, rape, animal deaths, mentions of a murder victim having been attacked by a dog.For a debut crime novel, this was pretty solid. The author is a serving police officer, so the police procedural side of things is definitely on point. The pacing was good, I liked Sammi as a character. However, there were times when the writing was a little...clinical, perhaps?? It wasn't dry, it was just lacking emotion or tensio...
  • Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
    Hands down one of the best books I've read all year. This review originally appeared at: http://mycupandchaucer.com/a-time-to-....Police procedurals and I have a tenuous relationship. Countless times I’ve been lured in with a deceptive blurb or the ‘you must read this’ cries of a friend, only to remember halfway through that I find the detail of police procedurals too dense to stay interested. I’ve seen A Time to Run described as a police...
  • MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
    From the grim Prologue to the nail-biting conclusion, this novel with take you on a thrill ride as our Protagonist is put through her paces – in more ways than one.With a looming feeling of inevitability after the opening, we are introduced to Samantha Willis (Sammi). The last thing she is expecting after an argument with her boyfriend, Gavin, sees her slamming out of their house and going to her best friend in Brisbane, is to be deserted by Ca...
  • Tien
    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”)...
  • ☼♄Jülie 
    This book gets straight down to business. So much so that at first I was thinking, "oh dear, am I ready for this story?"It was late at night when I started reading and I was in bed...another couple of pages and I will put it down...Several chapters later I was up and putting the kettle on to make a cuppa and take back to bed to read some more...no way I could put it down now!Sammie and her boyfriend Gavin have been together for three years, they ...
  • Jeanette
    J.M. Peace's debut novel A Time to Run is both a blood-chilling thriller and a police procedural (working against the clock). It is fast paced, with the main action taking place over the course of 4 days. The date and time headings of each section adds to the sense of urgency.Set in south-east Queensland, police officer Samantha (Sammie) Willis doesn't return home after a blow-up with her partner Gavin and impulsive night on the town with her bac...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    * Copy courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia *A Time To Runis a tense crime thriller set in the Queensland bush featuring a cop-turned-victim and a Wolf Creek-style killer.A Time To Run is a police procedural written by a serving Australian police officer and is a fast-paced novel with action on every page. The events in the book take place over a single weekend and this was such a tight and quick read, I found myself finishing it in record time.Wh...
  • Sonja
    Samantha Willis (26 Jahre alt, Polizistin) hat Streit mit ihrem Freund Gavin. Spontan besucht sie ihre Freundin Candy in Brisbane, Die beiden wollen sich einen schönen Abend machen und besuchen eine Bar. Samantha möchte dann früher zurück nach Hause als ihre Freundin und hat vor, sich ein Taxi zu nehmen. Dann jedoch nimmt sie das Angebot eines Mannes an, der sie nach Hause fahren möchte. Stattdessen aber setzt er Samantha unter Drogen und f...
  • Karen
    There's a lot of crime fiction out there that is all about the investigator and the protagonist, but A TIME TO RUN tips that right on it's ear, setting up a scenario in which an investigator (cop) is the next victim of a mad, dangerous man who makes a sport out of hunting down the women he's abducted.So, not a book for those readers that find that concept of the randomly selected victim and the barking mad, vicious killer too much. Particularly a...
  • Iris
    Entretenido. Tal vez no me sorpendió tanto porque recientemente vi un capítulo de Archivos del FBI donde se presentaba un caso con el mismo argumento. Está muy bien escrito, la trama es ágil, directa y sencilla.
  • Alejandra Restrepo B.
    Bueno...debo decir que Lisbeth Salander elevó mucho mis estándares de heroina en la novela negra y por lo tanto la protagonista de esta historia no me conquistó completamente.Primero: para ser una policía experimentada, fue muy ingenua.Segundo: no creo que Sammi fuera tan tenaz como la quisieron vender, creo que más bien tuvo muchísima suerte...bueno...ella era la convención anual de toda la buena suerte del mundo.Tercero: fantasmas buenos...
  • Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros
    Una historia muy adictiva que nos habla de un asesino en serie que se divierte cazando mujeres. Esta escrita de una forma muy sencilla, por lo que es la típica historia para pasar el rato pero de una forma muy efectiva.Se nota que la autora es agente de policía, ya que todo lo relacionado con la actividad policial es muy detallado.
  • Paula
    Buena idea, muy rápido de leer, pero escaso en detalles sobre la historia de Sammi, en mi opinión
  • Esteban Parra
    El inicio del libro me emocionó demasiado, no pude dejar de leer porque quería saber en qué terminaba toda la tensión que se estaba desarrollando, pero lamentablemente en el camino la persecución fue haciéndose aburrida, predecible y estática. Entretenido, pero nada más.
  • Moni
    Es el típico libro que sólo con la portada y la sinopsis, me llama la atención inmediatamente. Y la verdad es que en general me ha gustado; me lo he leído en dos días. Lo peor es que ya sabemos de qué trata desde el comienzo y no hay demasiadas sopresas, por no decir, ninguna... Así que entretenido pero la verdad es que esperaba alguna vuelta de hoja hacia el final.
  • Lily Malone
    I finished this in two nights. If it hadn't been so late last night, I might have kept reading, that's how into this book I was.I enjoy crime novels, especially when there's a serial killer to hunt down. This one is a bit different because as the book begins, we know in the first chapter who the killer is - the Barman at a pub where police officer Sammi is 'blowing off steam' on a night out with the girls. We also learn the stakes very quickly as...
  • Julayn Adams
    A Time to Run is a nail-biting thriller that will keep you turning pages ‘til the wee hours of morning!Sammi needs to blow some steam after an argument with her boyfriend and a girl’s night out on the town is just what she needs. But when she ignores her instincts and gets into the bartender’s car alone, her fun night quickly turns into a nightmare. What Don doesn’t know is that Sammi is a cop and she won’t go down without a fight.J.M. ...
  • Inés
    Lo dejo en 2'5 ⭐ aprobado justito para mí.http://huellalibrosicc.blogspot.com.e...
  • MaryG2E
    This debut novel is competently written, and I applaud the author's judgement in not trying to aim too high, thus avoiding that common pitfall of new authors of over-writing. The writing style is clear and uncomplicated, and the story is immediately accessible to a wide readership. There is one plot line, which is the focus of the tale, and thus the novel unfolds in an uncomplicated, linear fashion which is very easy to follow.An off-duty police ...
  • dracos99
    Vertiginosa novela, narrada a un ritmo trepidante, que no decae en ningún momento. Narración en estricto orden cronológico, de los tres días en los que Sammi, una de las protagonists, está desaparecida. Los capítulos se van alternando entre tes espacios distintos: lo que le pasa a la propia Sammi, lo que sucede en el pueblo donde ejerce de policía (con su pareja y sus compañeros) y las investigaciones que la brigada especial lleva a cabo....