Title: You Can Run: A Robyn Hunter Mystery
Author: Norah McClintock
Publication Year: 2006
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from the library at school
I realized, too late, that this is actually the second book of the Robyn Hunter series. I’m going to go back now and read Last Chance, which actually comes first.
With that start, I’m going to go on to say that this book was … okay.
The main character, Robyn, is the daughter of an ex-cop-turned-private-investigator and a criminal lawyer, who are divorced. She is dating a boy named Nick who lives in a group home for kids who have been in trouble with the law; Robyn’s mother has represented him at least once in the past. When the book opens, there is a kid – Trisha – who goes to school with Robyn who has gone missing, presumed a runaway, but her father has been asked to investigate and find her. Robyn feels somewhat responsible for her disappearance as well, because of a blow-up she had at Trisha about a project for school. Trisha is rather a loner; no one seems to know anything about her, to the surprise of even Robyn’s father, who can’t find out anything. As the novel progresses, Robyn tries to figure out what is going on, and even people who she thought she could trust seem to be withholding information.
Like I said before, this book was okay. The story moved along quickly enough to keep me interested, and the characters were definitely relatable for kids who struggle with their families or with living on the streets or in group home situations. You Can Run was believable enough, though a bit too tidy in the end. I usually like things to be a bit more complicated and less predictable, though I can see the appeal for reluctant readers or those who really want something that speaks to their life experience.