I just finished the second book in Rosie Claverton's The Amy Lane Mysteries series: Code Runner. I had really enjoyed the first book, Binary Witness--and had been pulled quite easily into reading and reviewing Code Runner. What was my opinion of Code Runner?
Quick Summary of Code Runner: Book Two of The Amy Lane Mysteries.
Ex-con Jason Carr has faced down the toughest thugs in Cardiff, but being assistant to a brilliant, eccentric hacker who hasn’t been outdoors in ten years has its own challenges. Still, he and Amy Lane can solve cases even the cops can’t crack. And when a corpse washes up on a beach, Jason can’t resist chasing the clues—or defying Amy by infiltrating the very gangs he once escaped.
Amy is distraught when Jason’s pursuit gets him framed for murder. He’s thrown back in prison where he’s vulnerable to people who want him dead. He needs Amy to prove his innocence. Fast.
But Amy hasn’t been honest with him—her panic attacks aren’t getting better. And now, with everything that makes her feel safe ripped away, she must stand alone, using her technological skills to expose a baffling conspiracy and a new kind of online crime. Can she clear Jason’s name before danger closes in?
Code Runner is even better than Binary Witness. First of all, I love books that are action packed and keep the reader actually thinking about the characters and their next moves--and worrying about agendas and outcomes. Code Runner did a nice job of tying in some loose ends and missing pieces from Binary Witness and really allowed the author to develop and grow her characters with the twists of this book.
Code Runner is action packed with believable characters. Amy's illness complicates the plot--but, doesn't stand entirely in her way. The author does a nice job of pulling in additional characters to provide believable support for Amy as she works to clear Jason's name and expose the bad guys. The real world and cyber dangers combine for an action packed storyline and completely engage readers.
Would I recommend Code Runner by Rosie Claverton? This is one of the best crime/thriller series that I've read in a while. I really enjoyed the combination of the actual thriller plot, following the characters as they put the crime pieces together and the character development. While it isn't entirely necessary to read the first book, I would recommend reading the entire series--and planning to add the 3rd book to your reading list when it's ready! If you enjoy cyber crime solving, well developed characters, and action loaded pages--The Amy Lane Mysteries should be on your reading list.
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About the Author:
Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home.
Her first short film Dragon Chasers aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. She co-wrote the ground-breaking series of short films The Underwater Realm. Her debut novel Binary Witness was published by Carina Press in May 2014.
Between writing and medicine, she blogs about psychiatry and psychology for writers in her Freudian Script series, advocating for accurate and sensitive portrayals of people with mental health problems in fiction.
Currently exiled to London to train in psychiatry, she lives with her journalist husband and their pet hedgehog.
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