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Product Details

  • Series: She Can Series
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612181511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612181516
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (738 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

"Multiple threats make this novel a thrilling read straight through to the last page. The language is so descriptive it draws you into the novel. Beth’s husband hovering in the shadows and a creepy villain in the wings just waiting to strike ramp up the tension." --RT Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"In her debut romantic suspense, Leigh carefully weaves the subplot of a serial killer with the main plot of an abused wife on the run and successfully ties the threads in a thrilling conclusion..... . Leigh’s tight, consistent plotting marks her as an author to watch."

More About the Author

Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. Over the next few years, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a book, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda's debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Her bestselling books have twice been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award.

Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate and teaches women's self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs and two new rescue cats who already run the place. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting

Customer Reviews

This book kept my interest page after page.
Renethea Baylor
A little too many, very explicit sex scenes.
Great mix of mystery, romance and suspense.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By NotAny76 on June 5, 2012
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I was really looking forward to this, I read some of the good reviews but apparently none of the bad, and I was incredibly disappointed. I only finished because I am too stubborn and curious for my own good. The heroine- if you can call her that- is a teeny tiny woman with incredibly large eyes and a great ass (according to the male characters description anyway- don't writers like to write of any other type of woman?), who is continually praised as being smart and brave, but does nothing to deserve that reputation. She seemed sort of stupid and helpless to me, and I am sick of reading weak female leads. The 'killer' was obvious from the start, along with who they wanted us to think was the bad guy, it was all really predictable. Add to that a psychic uncle and the fact that her new 'rescuer' is an ex cop, who has just inherited millions - and it makes the bad language and explicit sex scene seems like only a small problem.

I liked the dog.
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94 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Amy Leemon VINE VOICE on November 7, 2011
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Eliabeth Baker is hiding from her politician husband who wants to kill her. She is too dangerous to him alive and she is running for her life. She is working as a caretaker in a remote area of Pennsylvania while she struggles to protect herself and her 2 terrified children.

Her employer Jack is an ex-cop who knows something is very wrong and tries to gain her trust - a task which seems impossible at times. He does make some progress with her children though. The scenes between 7 year old Katie and Jack are particularly touching in a book which goes way over to the dark side in other places.

The children and Jack are the best parts of the book. Elizabeth's terror comes through from the very first page - as does her love for her children. Ben (12) and Katie are very well written as they begin to learn to relax and trust.

But the danger keeps coming closer from more than one direction and it will keep you reading.

Some of the things that happen are a little over the top but all in all, this book is well worth your time.
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Smitten with Reading TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
My Review:
I was asked to read an ARC of this novel by Melinda Leigh, an author that I had never read before. I like romantic suspense and the plot sounded good, so I said, Yes. Oh my goodness, I had no idea what a treat I was in for. I loved this book. The plot is FANTASTIC. The action is non-stop. I was riveted to the book from the moment I started it until I sadly reached the final page. It was one of those books that I did not want to end because it was so good.

I absolutely fell in love with these characters, Beth and her kids Katie & Ben, who are so obviously scarred and scared from the abuse they have suffered. It is painful to watch how they all react to human touch and how they have so obviously been traumatized.

Then there is Jack....ooh, I adored Jack. Jack is a police detective who has been forced into retirement after a car accident left him with a bum (and painful) knee. He is a protector at heart, and although he has been thrown into this situation with Beth and her kids out of the blue, he can see that something has hurt them and doesn't have the heart to turn them out. Watching him slowly and steadily win over this family is a gorgeous thing to read. Between him and his dog, Henry (the failed police dog,) they are exactly what this family needs and they quickly discover that they need the family too.

There is also a great cast of supporting characters whom I loved, especially the depth that they added to the story:
*Quinn & Sean- Jack's cousins
*James- Beth's uncle
*Mrs. Harris- Jack's housekeeper

The suspense story line has a lot going on with it. There is Beth's abusive and murderous Senator husband who is after them, but there is also a serial killer that has Beth in his sights.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Cehovet VINE VOICE on November 3, 2011
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"She Can Run" is literally about a woman on the run ... on the run, with two children to care for, a psychic ex-military Uncle who is on her side, and an ex-policeman that pushes all her buttons. Beth accepts a job as a caretaker on a remote Pennsylvania estate, only to arrive just ahead of a storm, to be greeted by a hearse at the front door. The old gentleman who hired her has died, leaving his estate to his wounded ex-cop nephew, who isn't even sure that he wants to live there.

So there she is, using an assumed name, trying to protect herself and her children from her husband, who is trying to kill her before she can make his biggest secret fodder for the media. Now she may have nowhere to go, and if she stays on the estate, she will have to deal with an ex-cop who is more interested in her than she cares for.

The story line is fairly good - wife on the run, violent husband with a secret, injured ex-cop who is all to interested in her, and a serial killer that is targeting small, dark haired women just like her. Then there are the neighbors - single men, one who seems okay, and one who is verbally abusive and way too aggressive.

One downside, for me, anyway, was that there are far too many sex scenes, and the general presentation of sex throughout the book is too graphic. The other downside was that it was a bit too easy to figure out what the nature of the husband's secret, and who the serial killer actually is.

Other than that, I found the book interesting in that it combines mystery, romance and a touch of the paranormal. A nice read to just sit back and relax.
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