Readers say 'Run to read this!'
The global number one bestseller, set to become a hit movie produced by Reese Witherspoon and starring Dolly Parton.
'A GRIPPING AND HEARTBREAKING BOOK I COULDN'T PUT DOWN' REESE WITHERSPOON
'LIKE HAVING DOLLY IN THE ROOM WITH YOU' VAL McDERMID
'UNFORGETTABLY GOOD STUFF' TONY PARSONS
AN UNFORGETTABLE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE BELOVED INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR AND THE WORLD'S #1 BESTSELLING THRILLER WRITER
Find a future. Lose a past.
She's a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.
She's also on the run.
Nashville is where she's come to claim her destiny.
It's also where the darkness she's fled might find her. And destroy her . . .
RUN ROSE RUN: a story glittering with danger and desire.
Also available: an album of 12 original Dolly Parton songs made for the novel!
Readers are loving Run Rose Run
'This book pulls you in from page 1 and you don't want to put it down.'
'Such a good read!'
'I would give the novel ten stars were it possible'
'Fabulous book. Could feel Dolly in the writing. James was his usual, story telling at his best'
'A terrific collaboration'
More praise for Run Rose Run
'Deserves to be a runaway success' Express
'Enthralling, terrifying, moving' Lee Smith
'A thrilling journey' Kathleen Grissom
'I absolutely loved it!' Ross King
'A sublime partnership' Sun
'This is going to be BIG' The Times
'You'll find yourself pulled right in' I Paper
'Told with passion and sensitivity' Daily Mail
'Will have you rooting for them all the way' Guardian
'One great read' Lisa Gardner
'A diverting duet' Financial Times
'Smart, spirited and entertaining' Daily Mirror
Run Rose Run was a no.1 Sunday Times bestseller 18th March 2022
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The mighty Dolly Parton has gifted millions of books to deserving children through her literacy charity, Imagination Library. Now the country queen has penned one of her own, teaming up with the world’s best-selling thriller writer for her debut novel. Not bad for a 76-year-old. This rags-to-rhinestones rollercoaster follows diminutive underdog AnnieLee Keyes—essentially Dolly in disguise—who flees her troubled backwoods upbringing and hitchhikes to Nashville to seek her fortune. Her musical gifts and firecracker personality see her taken under the wing of retired superstar Ruthanna Ryder but when AnnieLee’s dark past catches up with her, it becomes a deadly fight for survival. As well as a gripping mystery, earthy romance and sparky dialogue which sounds straight out of Dolly’s mouth, the narrative provides vivid insight into the US music biz, from dive bar venues to boardroom sleaze. It’s equally perceptive about the craft of songwriting. Full of heart, humour and hustle, it’s A Star Is Born meets Thelma & Louise. It’s also a bold multimedia project: snatches of lyrics sprinkle the narrative, there’s an original songbook at the back and accompanying album. She’s always been a natural storyteller and Parton pulls off this career departure with aplomb. Working past 75, what a way to make a living.
Country music legend Parton's strong debut, an exhilarating rags-to-riches story coauthored with bestseller Patterson (The President Is Missing with Bill Clinton), revolves around the troubled past of plucky singer/songwriter AnnieLee Keyes. AnnieLee's plan is to "get the hell out of Texas" and hitchhike to Nashville, Tenn., where she hopes to start her career as a performer. In Nashville, AnnieLee encounters ruthless, predatory agents and managers, but she also meets positive role models, notably Ruthanna Ryder, "one of country music's grandest queens," who takes AnnieLee under her wing. "If you want to make it in this town," Ruthanna tells her, "being talented is just one little tiny part of the battle. Fearlessness is mandatory. And shamelessness sure as hell don't hurt." Her other ally is guitarist Ethan Blake, who brings her to Ruthanna's attention. When AnnieLee's life is threatened, she needs the help of her new friends to survive. Never mind that the mystery element runs a distant second to the story of AnnieLee making good in Nashville. Parton fans will relish this timeless fairy tale, which displays the singer's lively way with words and draws liberally from her experience in the music business.
Great story, loved it. Read on after the stars and you will find the last chapter! I thought it had ended abruptly! But it hadn’t.
Loved this from
Start to finish
Absolutely loved this book!