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Run Time by Catherine Ryan Howard

jdurkan91's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Run Time / Catherine Ryan Howard

⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

So, as I keep my CRH saga going, I gotta say I really enjoyed this. I really appreciate how all of her works are so different. Loving all the different concepts.

Adele comes back to Ireland to shoot a hush hush indie horror movie in the woods of West Cork. Sparking from a previous experience that exiled her away to the States she takes the money and flies.

From there, we get a duel story, of a movie script that’s seemingly replicating Adele’s previous experiences as well as what is happening currently.

The tension, it was a page turner in the fact that you wanted to see what happened/is happening. It’s been a while since I read anything in the horror genre. It was a good reintro.

The villain reveal, while appreciated, was expected.

I suppose the reason I gave this 3.5 is that like in horror films, the ending generally is not satisfying. Though props, this is acknowledged in the last chapter!

The duel timeline could be a bit confusing, but I liked the difference and similarities.

Will definitely continue in this journey!

rockyc5's review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

Fun! 
5-6 levels of story here? Wild!

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bl2012's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

4.25

yelyahrose's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

kurbanski's review against another edition

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mysterious

2.5

gennx's review against another edition

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3.0

Slow start. book eventually picked up. Sadly the ending was not satisfying

joshx25's review against another edition

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3.0

3/5

thisislauraw's review against another edition

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dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.5

This was intriguing to start, and had a good premise.
It was creepy, surreal and a little dark, but it dragged and I quickly found the main character unlikeable.
The ending was quite a disappointment. I feel like this book could’ve been so much more.

oliviagwynne's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I’m hoping this gives what I was expecting from Night Film last year 

When a character will wax on and on about this terrible past of theirs to an extreme extent, but then you know that you’re not gonna get the backstory for quite some time, it’s wildly irritating. 

I’ve discovered that I REALLY dislike hindsight thoughts in narration. It takes away a lot of the building tension and mystery for me. 

Has the story with a story device as the screenplay of the movie they’re filming is interspersed with the regular narrative. Very Meta and aware of the meta-ness. It’s a story within a screenplay within another story. 

I honestly like the screenplay storyline MORE than Adele’s for the first half of the book. 

It did really well at conveying the mental tension and stress at the isolation in a dark wood. 

999 hanging up on her stretched ALL CREDULITY 

Finally getting the backstory but it felt very meh. I feel like the way it was told actually slowed the momentum of the story rather than help. 

I hated how much Adele didn’t trust her own mind. I hated that she trust everyone but herself but that highlights how aggravating and confusing everything must have been for her as a character. 

It kept having reveals that felt overly obvious only for a new reveal a few minutes later to completely change what you thought you knew.

billymac1962's review against another edition

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2.0

Let me preface this review by saying I'm a big fan of Catherine Ryan Howard. All of her novels have been great entertainment for me, particularly her debut, Distress Signals.
What I like so much about her is that she tries something totally different with each novel, and all of them have believable resolutions without resorting to ridiculous twists.

Unfortunately, Run Time didn't hit the mark for me as much. I really liked her concept, again, and for the first 40% or so I was very much enjoying reading her again.
Up until a particular scene that seemed to go on forever. From that point on I found her writing to become very redundant, rehashing old details over and over again, and the novel became very bloated to the point where the longer I went, the more I was prone to skim sentences. Towards the end I'm afraid I just didn't care where it was going and I just wanted to finish and move on to something else.

Ms Howard has set a pretty high bar for herself as far as I'm concerned, so it was inevitable that something will be a miss for me.
She has a new novel out now (which is why I read this now after having on my to-read list for months; I wanted to delay having read all of her works!), and Run Time has in no way tempered my enthusiasm for it. Of course for the same reason, I'll be holding off a while before reading it.

So yeah, a bit of a miss here for me, but her others are terrific.