What Doesn’t Kill Her by Christina Dodd _ Book Review

One secret, one nightmare, one lie. You guess which is which.

1. I have the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I have willfully misrepresented my identity to the US military.
3. I’m the new mother of a seven-year-old girl.

Kellen Adams suffers from a yearlong gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she’s discovering the truth, and what she learns changes her life, her confidence, her very self. She finds herself in the wilderness, on the run, unprepared, her enemies unknown–and she is carrying a priceless burden she must protect at all costs. The consequences of failure would break her. And Kellen Adams does not break.

What doesn’t kill her…had better start running.


[I received a physical copy from Harlequin publicity team for an honest review]


I was more than a little excited to dive back into Christina Dodd’s Cape Charade series. I had a few questions at the end of Dead Girl Running that I wanted answers to and so many emotions for the characters.
Kellen Adams is trying to cope with being in a relationship and being a mother. She still doesn’t have all her memories back and that is making the changes challenging. In order to feel like herself again she accepts a job to transport / protect a priceless artifact. It’s not long before she’s running for not only her life but also her daughter’s life. A high-stakes “adventure” brings a whole new take on mother-daughter bonding. Even when they are literally out of the woods Kellen’s life is still in danger and her past comes back for revenge.
“one thing the military had taught her- things go wrong, people lie, and a mission schedule waivers according to those two things.”
Kellen’s character is as great as she was in the first book. Still head strong, fiercely loyal, and just all-around bad a**. We did get to see a lot more vulnerability this time around and it made her even stronger in my eyes. Also, I’m glad we got to know Max more with chapters from his point of view. He’s handsome, charming, protective and ridiculously in love with Kellen and their daughter. Their daughter, Rae, was a delightful energetic young girl who added some needed comic relief during intense story line.
“Mommy, that was awesome. You’re like warrior woman. That makes me worry or girl. I’m going to be worried or girl for Halloween. What are you going to?”
Overall, I enjoyed What Doesn’t kill Her even more than the first book. The point of view changes and character compatibility kept the story compelling and interesting. Now with the sending, I’m already dying for the next book. I need more Max, Kellen and Rae in my life immediately!
She didn’t want to feel things. She didn’t want to remember […] She didn’t want to know that if she failed, death would follow”
4.5 ⭐

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