Chill Run by Russell Brooks {review}


I’m not usually one to read action-packed thriller novels and I can say that’s mostly because I’ve never really given them a chance. I was a little nervous accepting Chill Run by Russell Brooks for review because of this, but I am so, so glad that I did!!

*Just a fair warning about this book – It is not family friendly (sex, murder, cursing)*

Eddie wants to be a published author so badly that he reluctantly agrees to an outrageous publicity stunt involving exposing a prominent person in a sex scandal. When the stunt goes wrong, the action kicks in and what lays in the path are broken relationships, friendships put at risk, families under extreme stress, and worst of all, dead bodies!!

Eddie’s best friends, Corey (an alcoholic) and Jordyn (a secret dominatrix), convince him that engaging in an S&M session with a prominent woman and staging a sex scandal is the way to go when he wants some exposure in order to pitch his book. He wants to be an author so bad and prove his family wrong that he agrees, but at the last minute, Eddie backs out and tries to leave, just in time to witness his date be murdered. The media has arrived and he is caught on video running away with Corey and the assumption is that they are killers.

The friends go on the run, convinced that they cannot reveal the real shooter, and attempt to contact the deceased’s family for help. The chasing from place to place is realistic and their decisions for what to do next are outrageously spot-on.

The writing is so fast paced that I felt myself out of breath at times anticipating what was going to happen next.

I always knew I liked thriller movies, but I can honestly say that Russell Brooks may have converted me into a thriller book lover. At the very least, I definitely want to pick up another of his books!!

PhotobucketRussell Brooks is a former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the 4×100 meter relay. He has written several essays on his blog, The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. His debut novel, Pandora’s Succession, has received rave reviews from book reviewers, espionage and from thriller fans. Unsavory Delicacies and the recently released thriller, Chill Run, have also been well received by thriller and mystery fans. Russell currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

You can learn more about Russell Brooks at

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  1. Russell says:

    They’re up.

  2. This book sounds amazing! I’ll have to add it to my wish list. Fast paced thrillers are always fun to read, even if they cut into my sleeping time.

    • Russell says:

      Hi, Melissa. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. Christine SD says:

    I am more of into thrilling movies than books but this one sounds interesting!

    • Russell says:

      Hello, Christine. Thanks for commenting and tweeting this review. I love thriller movies also, but I’ve read a few books that are fast-paced thrillers too. Let me know what you think of this one and my previous ones too.

  4. This looks intriguing! Thanks so much for the review. I’ll have to pick it up for my husband. He loves action books like that 🙂

    • Russell says:

      Thanks for the comment. Let me know what your husband thinks.

  5. mistee dawn says:

    I’m always looking for new books to read. Thanks for the info.

    • Russell says:

      I hope to be able to write other novels that you’ll enjoy, Mistee. Thanks for commenting.

  6. Sounds like a cool book! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Russell says:

      Thanks for passing by, Ashley. I hope you enjoy reading CHILL RUN.

  7. Awesome! Definitely need to check it out!

    • Russell says:

      Thanks for swinging by, Melissa. Happy Reading.

  8. Jessica says:

    This sounds like a thrilling and action-packed book! I will have to look into it. I like stories that really hold your attention and keep things exciting! Thank you for the review.

    • Russell says:

      I’d have to say that it’s my best work yet. Let me know your thoughts in a review. I’d appreciate it. Happy Reading.

  9. kat j says:

    I lie these types books too! I will have to check out what he has to offer. Thanks for the review.

  10. Amanda says:

    This seems like a book I’m going to have to read. I really don’t read much past Dean Koontz because I can’t stand a lot of authors, but this may very well be something I’m interested in.
    Thanks for the review!

    • janet says:

      I think you will really enjoy it. Russell writes in a way that you don’t feel like you’re actually reading, but rather living in’s hard to explain, but the story just flows and I caught myself holding my breath!!

      • Russell says:

        I have to say that I’m overwhelmed by the responses to your blog. I’m happy that I didn’t disappoint, lol. I’m currently researching the sequel to Pandora’s Succession. I’d be honored to have you review it later on this year.

        • janet says:

          Well, it sounds like I need to pick up Pandora’s Succession FIRST!! Thanks for coming by and replying to my followers..I know they appreciate the responses!!

          • Russell says:

            3 of my replies didn’t go through. Let me try them again.

          • janet says:

            Did you get them to show up? I see them..I think!!

  11. Russell says:

    Glad you enjoyed CHILL RUN. I hope to work with you again later this year.


    • janet says:

      Anytime, Russell!! Sometimes it takes me a while to get a review up, but it’s only because I want to get it right and do justice for a great read!!

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