Night Runner by Max Turner

Daniel Zachariah Thomson, Zach to everyone, has been in a mental institution for years. He was attacked by what everyone thought was a rabid dog, and when he woke from a coma he was a bit different. He is a young man who regardless of his allergy to the sun, and almost everything else, lives as normal a life as he possibly can. He simply doesn’t know much about his condition or what his life may hold.

Luna notices that Zach is different when she meets him. He does not seem to have the same issues as other boys. He can admit when he has not done something. He does not mind being different. And he seems to understand her in a way that others do not or cannot. She enjoys spending time with him, but what will happen when she learns just how different he is?

Zach is different than anyone he knows. Granted he lives in Nicholls Ward, the local loony bin, and that alone makes him different than any other teen, but he is more different than even that. When a crazy white haired man busts into the Ward on a Police Motorcycle and tells him he must run, his life takes a turn towards the even more bizarre. Should he trust this man that seems to fit in to the Ward more than him?

Night Runner was a huge surprise and a great book! The drama was well played out, and not over done. Zach is a kooky, weirdly likable character whose voice sticks in your head long after you turn the last page. I actually had a hard time putting this book down for any length of time. The action rapidly accelerated to break neck speed without leaving the reader in the dust. I enjoyed the fluent transitions between being in Zach’s head and what was actually happening. This is a book I would feel perfectly safe letting my young teen read. There is enough action to keep a teens attention, without sensual scenes that would make me uncomfortable. Max Turner leaves this ending open for at least another book, and I hope he follows through! I look forward to reading more from this talented author!