What the critics say

‘Bowler is masterly at creating tension and Night Runner is a sharp, suspenseful thriller in a setting of urban deprivation. Filmic, succinct and well crafted, with a hero who commands our sympathy, this high-octane adventure in a low-life world has heart.’ Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week
 
‘You’re in assured hands with a YA novel from Tim Bowler – he’s written 20 books for teenagers and won 15 awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal – and Night Runner has all the usual characteristics of balancing gripping action and engrossing characters.’ Martin Chilton, The Telegraph
 
‘A tense, gripping thriller which doesn’t waste a word.’ Sue Purkiss in Armadillo
 
‘Gripping and engrossing from the very first chapter this is atmospheric teen thriller writing of the very highest order. One of the best YA novels of 2014.’ Michael Thorn, Achuka
 
‘A compelling, gritty read by a Carnegie Medal-winning author.’ Amanda Craig, The New Statesman
 
‘Very, very exciting.’ Bookwitch
 
‘An edgy, suspenseful thriller.’ Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times
 
‘Relentless, edge-of-the-seat drama.’ Vicky Allan, The Herald Scotland
 
‘A coiled-spring of a thriller. Nobody does this better than Tim Bowler.’ Geoff Fox, Books for Keeps
 
‘A fast paced book with a very likeable character.’ Teen Books & Magazines
 
‘A fast-paced novel that sweeps you up in the first chapter and doesn’t put you down until the last. Tim Bowler is a master of the art of creating tension.’ Teacher’s review on Amazon
 
‘Had me breathless all the way through.’ B.M. Curry, Amazon
 
‘Every shadow will have you jumping.’ Scholastic
 
‘Well written and solidly plotted. The action does not falter.’ The Irish Independent
 
‘The narrative pace is frantic from the first page and the suspense hardly lets up.’ Sam Pope, We Love This Book
 
‘A pacey psychological thriller with a believable and likeable central character.’ Carol Hall, The Reading Zone
 
‘A real page-turner.’ Jill Murphy, The Bookbag
 
‘An edge of your seat and nail-biting adventure.’ Lovereading4kids