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The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker

The Woman Who Ran

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One of our Books of the Year 2016.

The prologue paints a vivid picture of a house fire, of the naked female narrator escaping, of falling over a dead body and just getting out. It is very dramatic. She, Helen, runs, she rents a dilapidated house in Yorkshire, she hides. The nosey villagers contain a recently retired journalist. He becomes intrigues and then obsessed by Helen. He needs to unearth her story. This is strong stuff. A psychological thriller of some note, compulsive, dramatic and hypnotic. Helen was a war photographer and the strength of this tale is in illustrating the damage that such a job can do to the human soul. It is very frightening, very well told. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

February 2016 Book of the Month.

If you like Sam Baker you might also like to read books by Melissa Hill, Lisa Jewell and Gillian Flynn.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Judi Davies - 'Very readable and catapults you into the world of 'the woman', whoever she may be. Mystery surrounds her and the reader will want to know what had happened to her to make her run.'
  • Emily Wright – ‘Combining breathless jeopardy with an emotional punch, The Woman Who Ran tackles subjects which are often taboo. Helen’s life story captivated me.
  • Phylippa Smithson - ‘Slow, very slow, burning thriller, and then the pace erupts with no turning back for the reader.’
  • Emily Curnow - ‘Unpredictable and compulsive; an excellent read.’
  • Angie Rhodes - ‘Helen has to hide, she needs to find somewhere nobody knows her; somewhere she will feel safe. And she finds that place in Yorkshire. This will keep you reading long into the night… and what an ending!!’
  • Elisabeth Thomas - ‘An amazing book where the tension builds up and up until its thrilling climax. This is one book that you do not want to put down.’ 
  • Emma Barton - 'The Woman Who Ran tells the story of a mysterious stranger, who rents a dilapidated house in a Yorkshire Dales village, piquing the interest of the many nosey inhabitants.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The more she hides, the more interesting she becomes to those living nearby but Helen is hiding. Hiding from memories and something even worse that she can't even remember.'
  • Sarah Harper – ‘Suspenseful and exciting with just a hint of the spiritual, I found it hard to put this down.’
  • Cathy Small – ‘Helen Graham is trying to hide from her past but the only problem is that she can't remember what she’s hiding from.’
  • Victoria Goldman – ‘A psychological thriller about a woman in hiding, following an apartment fire in Paris. The plot moves at a reasonable pace and kept me intrigued, as it revealed what she's running away from.’
  • Sallyann Spittle – ‘The pace of the book is steady, fast and slow all at once and it leaves you wanting to read more before it is over… Great book - well done!’
  • Reba Khatun – ‘Suspense, intrigue, fear -this book has it all. The Woman Who Ran is not your average crime novel but has a spine tingling twist.’

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

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The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

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The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker

When someone is under your skin, there is only so far you can run...She can run. But can she hide? Helen Graham is a new arrival in a tiny Yorkshire village, renting dilapidated Wildfell Hall. The villagers are intensely curious - what makes her so jumpy and why is she so evasive? Their interest is Helen's worst nightmare. Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it can catch up with her. With everything she knows in fragments, from her marriage to her career as a war photographer, how can she work out who to trust and what to believe? Most days she can barely remember who she is...


'Utterly gripping'
Kate Mosse

'Superbly executed, with a creeping sense of dread that builds to an explosive finish'
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

'Wildly gripping and unputdownable. This is a brilliant book'
Marian Keyes

'Vivid, atmospheric... I loved curling up with it'
Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer

'Gripping and thoughtful'
Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller

About the Author

Sam Baker

Sam Baker grew up in Hampshire and after a degree in politics at Birmingham University became a journalist. She has edited some of the UK’s biggest magazines and was Editor in Chief of Red for six years. In 2015 she co-founded The Pool, the online platform that makes inspiring and original content for busy women.

Sam is married to the novelist Jon Courtenay Grimwood and lives in Winchester.

Photograph © Sarah Dunn

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28th January 2016


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Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


416 pages


Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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