Barbara Johnson and her nine-year-old son Matthew have been on the run for years. Just when they finally feel safe, a twist of fate brings Barbara's photograph to national attention. Her worst nightmare comes true when Russ Latham, her psychotic ex-lover, resurfaces. This time Matthew and Barbara decide to stop running, so they notify the police and others of the potential danger Russ represents.

As if matters weren't messy enough, Matthew's wealthy paternal grandparents want custody. Never mind that they ignored and abandoned a pregnant Barbara when their son Howard died. They now seem willing to do anything to gain custody. Back when she was unmarried, pregnant and alone, Barbara turned to Russ, only to discover too late his deep psychological problems. 

Barbara struggles with a mother's deepest fears as she fights to protect her son. Police Sergeant Danielle Pfeiffer becomes Barbara's friend as well as protector. And, Barbara is attracted to a man for the first time in a long time. Is  Kyle Trent too good to be true?

Marilyn Campbell strikes a primal chord with SEE HOW THEY RUN, her nerve-shattering new tale of danger and suspense. The versatile Ms. Campbell unleashes an explosive and gripping novel that is sure to garner her scores of new fans. (June, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith