The Runner by P.R. Black – Book Review


You can’t escape him.

He abducts lone joggers and forces them to run for their lives. When he catches them, he pulls out his blade…

Now he’s locked away and will be in prison for years. They call him a psychopath, a murderer, the ‘Woodcutter Killer’.

But what if you just found out you’re supposed to call him father?


Freya Bain gets a huge shock at the will reading of her recently deceased mother as she learns her previously unknown father is in prison….for Murder

He had been convicted of a murder and dismemberment of ax woman 25 years ago…could he really be the serial killer, The woodcutter?

So, Freya visits him, he says he’s innocent and he’s convinced her so she begins to investigate the past crimes herself with a crime blogger, Glenn.

Following clues they begin searching for bodies, but then new murders are committed in the same way the woodcutter had…

Is this a copycat or is the real woodcutter back? Does this mean Freya’s dad really is innocent?

This is a quick read that is gripping from the start. Well written with well developed characters and a clever plot. It’s dark, gruesome and thoroughly entertaining. 

About the author

Pat Black is kind to spiders.

He is the author of The Long Dark Road and the Amazon bestsellers, The Beach House and The Family.

His short stories have been shortlisted for awards including the Bridport Prize and the Bloody Scotland short story competition. He was also longlisted for the William Hazlitt essay prize.

He was named one of the winners of The Daily Telegraph’s Ghost Stories competition, and his work has been performed on stage in London by Liars’ League.

He lives in Yorkshire, but will always belong to Glasgow. He knows full well what your opinions are about people who talk about themselves in the third person.

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