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Run Time

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I am a huge fan of Catherine Ryan Howard. I have read all of her books and was SO EXCITED to receive this one. In the end, I think this book was trying to do way too much. The author has a history of telling these meta type stories with books within books and interesting writing styles. This one felt a bit too much like inception to me. The book and the play and then real life made it a little difficult to follow which one I was reading about. I kept getting the plot lines mixed up and forgetting which detail belonged to which story. Overall I didn't dislike it, but it felt like a lot of work to fully enjoy it.
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Pop that popcorn and get your biggest pillows because you’re about to be hiding behind them and stuffing your face kernel after kernel. 🍿 This book (review) is the equivalent to watching a scary movie. 

🎥 You’re about to take a lead role and get your big break. Sure it’s last minute, but the pay is too good to pass up. You’re totally good with the script being horror because nothing scares you. Filming location: a remote cottage in the woods… perfect. A little destination filming! Thunder quakes, and rain pelts against the window. This is the perfect reading ambiance isn’t it? Speaking of which, why don’t you find a good audiobook to listen to. Oh no. Phones dead? Seriously, you just charged it didn’t you? That’s fine. I’m sure you won’t need it to call for help or anything. Oh wow… well this is classic. The power has gone out. No worries, you can go check the circuit breaker upstairs in the dark attic. Wait, wait. Stop. Listen. What was that noise? Did you hear that ginormous thud? Almost like a body falling to the floor? Better go check it out…. 👀 🔦
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This book was unique, interesting, and fun to read. While I enjoyed reading it for personal reading, I will not be adopting it for my classroom. Thank you to the publisher!
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It was a very twisty read which had both Tanisha and I incredibly gripped, we both binged it in an evening!! To say it was twisty is an understatement, it did not disappoint! There were so many plot twists in this one that I didn’t expect.
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DNF. I remember hearing that this book is complicated but worth getting through, but the deeper I got, I just never felt like I hid a stride. I wish it started with more excitement then took a step back or something. Just too hard to get through with so little happening.
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I thought that the premise for this book was promising but I DNF'd about 25% of the way through. It's a long book and i feel like it started out very slow and was dragging on already. However, I would definitely be interested in readying something else from this author.
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After reading The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard, I was an immediate fan! So I knew I needed to give this one a try. And there were several things I did like about Run Time: the movie set, the premise of events mirroring the movie script, and the description of sexism and how terribly women can be treated in the movie industry.

However, I do think there was too much going on in this book and there seemed to be separate plot lines (and both didn't seem necessary). I think it would've been stronger if the author focused on one and developed it more. 

Overall, I think this was a decent popcorn thriller, and I think many others will enjoy it! Thank you Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing for the gifted copy
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A mind bending combo of a book within a film within a book. Twists popping up from everywhere with plenty of humour and fun to match.

Full review to come.
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I'm a sucker for any horror story that happens on a horror movie set, so this immediately appealed to me. There were so many twists that they almost doubled back to not being twists at all, but it was a very enjoyable read that focused on atmosphere and spooky ambiance.
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the story is a wild ride, even if it's a bit out there, it just works. The structure is a bit like another of her books, ‘the nothing man,’ in a sense that this is a story within a story, with both plot lines impacting and intertwining with each other.

overall, a very solid and decent addition to CRHs bibliography. i love how consistently her mystery/thrillers hit the mark every time!
This frightening book had me on edge the whole time. Creepy cool concept. CRH I don’t know how you come up with this stuff but thanks for the wild ride!
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I really did enjoy this novel, i already have enjoyed this authors other work so I was anticipating this one as well. it kept me engaged throughout the entirety of it and I found myself wanting to know more and I connected to so many of the characters. I would highly recommend this read!
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Oh how I wanted to love this one.  The premise hooked me immediately!  Upon listening at first I didn't like all of the narrators, except for the main female narrator and then I had trouble following the storyline and how the "movie" script was presented - which took a while for me to catch on to.  Once I did, I unfortunately just didn't care for the storyline at all.  In the end I decided that I'm just the wrong reader for this book.
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While I hold no animosity toward this book, I can't give it anything more than a 2. The structure of a story within a story within a story - all mirroring each other - is intriguing in theory, but a slog in practice. The screenplay we're reading alongside Adele's story would have been the more interesting story, but instead we take half the book to get to anything remotely scary.
I can say that the reveals in this are not something I've read before, but they also sort of feel like reveals for the sake of reveals. There's even a bit at the end where characters discuss horror movies and how creepy things are less creepy and sort of unsatisfying once you have the reasonable explanation at the end. I'm sure it was meant well, but it read like an excuse. Normally I would appreciate the meta-ness, but the book wore away at any good will I had. I think Howard is a benefit for the thriller space, doing things no one else is doing, but this one missed the mark.
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Thank you for providing me with a copy of this book. 
I run out of time so sorry I wasn't able to finish this just as yet, I will edit this review soon as I finish.
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Catherine Ryan Howard is a total auto-read author for me. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by her thrillers and RUN TIME is no exception.

The story focuses on a struggling actor, Adele, who finds the opportunity to revitalize her career after taking the role as a lead in a new film. Unfortunately film shooting doesn’t go as planned. Adele is shooting in rural Ireland (West Cork), and the production team is pretty low budget. What’s the worst that could happen?

RUN TIME follows a story-within-a-story format that I loved in THE NOTHING MAN so if you liked that way of storytelling, you’ll enjoy this one! This is a fun, fast paced thriller that you won't want to miss.
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I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It was creepy and actually made me feel things the entire time - especially as a woman. Catherine Ryan Howard hits it out of the park again.
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Run Time is every horror movie come to life! It's also about a book about a movie based on a book, somewhat convoluted to get your head around!

It would have been so much fun to read this in an isolated cabin in the woods. I loved the setting--dark, rainy, isolated, and no cell service. The story was slow and suspenseful, so the atmosphere really carried the creepy feeling. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the movie set setting, especially a horror movie.

The story itself is interspersed with scenes from the movie script, and while I really enjoyed this multimedia way of telling the story, it was confusing at times. I listened to the audiobook of Run Time, and sometimes when I picked back up I wasn't sure whether the scene I was in the middle of was the plot or the script. I'm sure this would have been easier to keep straight in a physical copy!

Unfortunately, the ending fell a little flat for me. I can't say why, I just wanted a little more from it than we got.
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I was hopeful and highly anticipating reading this one, but it was a letdown. I've been trying to think about how to review this for a while and I keep coming up blank. It was a meh read for me, personally.
Sorry to say it was disappointing for me. It's a story, inside a story, and so forth, but it felt like it might be too much. It also went on kind of long. It has some good parts to it and there are others that would probably like it and enjoy it, so if you like this author or this kind of story, then definitely check it out. 
Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for letting me read and review this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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What a bummer.

I was super excited to read this book because I am obsessed with this author. However, I am sad to say it was just a meh read for me. It's a story, inside a story, inside a story but it almost just felt like too much maybe? It also felt SUPER long and dragged out. Maybe if it was shorter and some things were cut, I would have enjoyed it more. Definitely a let down but I still look forward to reading more of her books.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I went to university to complete film studies, and so there is so much that really spoke to me about those who love the medium of cinema. The suspense was fantastic. The mood was perfect. It had me guessing until the very end. So many wonderful twists and turns. Fabulous commentary on film and set life that really resonated with me. A wonderful read, for film fans especially, but also for those who just love a great thriller.
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