cover image Run Time

Run Time

Catherine Ryan Howard. Blackstone, $25.99 (624p) ISBN 978-1-9826-9468-5

After a breakdown on a movie set, Irish actor Adele Rafferty, the narrator of this superior thriller from Howard (56 Days), moved to L.A., where she’s been reduced to reception desk duty at a motel and auditioning for commercials. Then she gets a call out of the blue inviting her to star in the psychological horror picture Final Draft being made in West Cork. The caller states that filming was to start the very next day, but the lead actress has just quit. Delighted that news of her breakdown hadn’t reached the filmmakers, Rafferty accepts and flies to Ireland overnight. An encouraging text from her former agent leaves Adele comfortable that Final Draft is legit. But when she arrives in the isolated location for the shoot, she gets an anonymous message warning her that things aren’t safe for her. That ominous communication presages some creepy doings on the set that place her sanity and life at risk. Howard makes her lead’s experiences feel fresh and immediate as she breathes new life into tired horror tropes. Riley Sager fans will be riveted. Agent: Sara O’Keefe, Aevitas Creative Management. (Aug.)