Run Awayby Harlan Coben Published 19 Mar 2019
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A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.
You've lost your daughter.
She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.
Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.
You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.
And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.
"Run Away" Reviews
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Simon's eyes stayed locked on the panhandling girl mangling John Lennon's legacy. Her hair was matted clumps. Her cheekbones were sunken. The girl was rail-thin, raggedy, dirty, damaged, homeless, lost. She was also Simon's daughter Paige."
Over the years, I've found myself moved on a deeply emotional level when I read stories about parents trying to save their wayward children. This is likely due to the fact I'm now a parent myself, and even though my kids are still young and dependent upon me for most everything, I still find myself getting lost in the "what ifs" that come with having another person's life being your responsibility. As children grow and become young adults themselves, at what age is the line drawn where they become dependent on themselves and cut out the middle man? And at what point, as a parent, are we supposed to step back and let our kids make their own mistakes vs. roaming the ends of the earth to save them from life-altering mishaps? These are some of the debates that Coben tackles in his latest thriller.
Don't get me wrong; when I use the term emotional I do not belittle the fact that Run Away is simultaneously a compulsive page turner and a rip-roaring adventure that delves deep in the underbelly of every form of seedy activity you can imagine going on in New York City. Due to Simon and his loved ones being a privileged white family living a more than comfortable life, it was interesting to see how the author picked apart the details of their privilege and how, at the end of the day, it did nothing to protect them from the nightmare they endured. Simon works as a financial advisor on Wall Street and his wife is a pediatrician in NYC as well, and their children grew up sheltered within that cocoon of wealth and providence.
As an avid reader of thrillers and mysteries, we all know it grows more and more difficult to find novels that keep us guessing and entertained for roughly 300-500 pages. The beauty of Coben's books, and what I think a significant number of debuts lack, is the simple aspect of writing characters who come alive off the page and matter to the reader. Once again, Run Away focuses more on drawing the reader in by becoming the conduit to connect reader to cast which results in a memorable read, much more memorable than putting all the proverbial eggs into the "wild, unimaginable twist". Don't get me wrong, there were a few good twists here, and one that I was so blindsided by that I had to reread a certain page THREE TIMES to make sure I was understanding correctly, but the details that have kept me picking up Harlan Coben novels for over a decade now are the deeply personal characters.
And this, my friends, is why Harlan Coben remains KING of the thriller.
*I received a review copy via the publisher.
Simon Greene and his wife Ingrid live a somewhat privileged middle class life, together with their 3 children Sam, Anya and Paige. The kids have had everything that wealth could throw at them, but while mum and dad were busy living their perfect lives, Paige has taken a wrong turning on life’s journey, and has fallen into a world of drugs, dealers, criminals and an abusive boyfriend. It’s a dark and dangerous world hidden from the circles which the Greene’s inhabit, but Simon and Ingrid are about to clash head on with a particularly vicious cast of characters, when Paige disappears, and it’s clear that she doesn’t want to be found.
This is Harlan Coben at his best - the master at work. The slick and entertaining narrative exposes family secrets of enormous proportions, and makes one question how much we really know those closest to us. Right from page one the action begins, with New York’s Central Park setting the scene. And it’s here that Simon discovers Paige busking, but she’s not in a good place, frail to the point of skeletal, she’s just a shadow of her former self. A fight ensues between Simon and Paige’s drug dealer boyfriend, after which Paige disappears again. Shortly afterward her boyfriend is found dead in what appears to be a particularly frenzied and bloody attack, but with both Simon and Paige under suspicion who really did it? In addition to the main storyline, there’s a sub plot that not only adds enormous interest, fear and tension, but produces a shocking conclusion.
The situation regarding Paige’s addiction mimic reality, with scenarios that will be played out in many ordinary homes across the world - the sheer desperation of parents who will do anything to get their child back from the clutches of drug addiction and the deviant world that comes with the territory, but for Simon and Ingrid it takes them head on into that territory into a terrifying world they’ve only ever seen in the movies.
Harlan Coben is renowned for his twisty plots, and it’s what contributes to his reputation as a master of his trade - So not unnaturally there were twists galore as we’ve come to expect, but just when I thought I was all twisted out, Coben does it again and pulls the mother of all twists!
*Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my ARC. I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange*
A pulse-pounding adrenaline rush, with nonstop action and a high stakes plot!
On a quiet morning in Central Park, horrified bystanders witness an angry, rich, suited man accosting a pan-handling young woman. He then proceeds to punch the Good Samaritan homeless guy who jumps in to help her. Captured on smartphone, the video goes viral, the attack condemned by millions of internet strangers.
But everything is not as it seems. The rich man is Simon Greene, a desperate father, the young woman – his drug-addicted daughter, living in squalor, whom he's trying to convince to go to rehab, and the Good Samaritan – his daughter's abusive, controlling, drug-dealer boyfriend, Aaron Corval.
Three months after that fateful day in the park, Aaron is found murdered, Paige is missing, on the run, and Simon will go to any lengths to find her and bring her home.
Run Away had me furiously swiping through the pages to get to the conclusion, frantic to learn the fate of Paige. Binge-worthy, unputdownable, it incorporated all the elements I've come to love in a Harlan Coben read. Jam-packed with misdirection, originality, and unexpected twists and turns – two of which saw my jaw dropping to the floor. One, I saw coming just before it hit, which I'm grateful for as I needed that small window to emotionally prepare myself. The second was so shocking that I struggled to absorb and process it. Instead I sat there OMGing, and rocking back-and-forth. Days later, I still catch myself thinking about the after-effects of that reveal. There was a tense moment when I worried I wasn't going to get answers to some much needed questions – I should've known that the master of the suburban thriller, wouldn’t leave me hanging.
A subplot that always excites me had me particularly thrilled, but I can't share what it is as it's too much of a spoiler. Undertones of those from a higher level of social class having a greater sense of entitlement, leading to narcissism, made this a fascinating read from a psychological point-of-view.
I developed an instance rapport with the protagonist, Simon. He's the ultimate family man, – devoted to his wife and children, who never gave up on searching for Paige, but by the same token didn't neglect or abandon his family in the process. His vulnerability, as he wrestled with the guilt and shame, feeling like he failed his daughter, made him that much more human and relatable. My heart broke for him – his situation is every parents worse nightmare.
The setting was vividly brought to life – everything from the seedy underbelly of a Bronx drug den, the picturesque beauty of a rural campus, to a vegan cafe in Maine – it's the small details Coben thinks to include that I really admire. Cameo appearances by New Jersey Detective Nap Dumas (Don't Let Go, which is high on my tbr) and tough, no-nonsense Criminal Litigator, Hester Crimstein (Tell No One, Caught) were a welcome addition.
Run Away is a guaranteed great read, that saw me putting real life on hold, and sacrificing sleep, to finish.
I'd like to thank Netgalley UK, Random House UK Cornerstone, and Harlan Coben for the e-ARC.
US Release Date: 19th March. 2019
UK Release Date: 21st March. 2019
This is a standalone novel by successful author Harlan Coben. I have enjoyed reading this authors books for many a year and love his subtle humour and intriguing plots he weaves, however something in this novel just didn't work for me. I found some of the actions hard to believe and the characters failed to engage me. It wasn't a total disaster and there was still plenty that I enjoyed but for me it fell short on the usual high standard of writing that I have enjoyed previously.
Simon Greene is a financial planner married to Ingrid, a paediatrician and they have three children. His daughter, Paige is a drug addict who ran away from home and he is desperate to have her back in the family. Without retelling the complete plot a murder takes place and all hell lets loose when Simon goes looking for his missing daughter.
Lots of action and fast moving but not his best in my opinion.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
“Question: Would you kill someone? Answer: No, of course not. Question: Would you kill someone to save your child? Answer…?”
Coben really knows how to balance thrills and character dynamics. I found it hard to put Run Away down.
Chelsea wrote a great review for this book. I think this is a story that will cut to the core of readers with kids. I found myself sympathizing so much with Simon Greene as he hunts for his missing daughter. His pain and fear felt so real, so visceral, that I was on the edge of my seat. It is a book that affected me emotionally, as well as providing all the exciting thrills I seek out in this genre.
If you're new to Coben's work, I should point out that he's more of a traditional thriller writer. By this I mean he favours high-octane, high-stakes plots, as opposed to the quieter domestic thrillers that have become popular in recent years. I'm telling you this because I have seen a few comments about the plot being "unrealistic", and it definitely is more Die Hard than The Girl on the Train.
That being said, the relationships between the main players in this book made the story so tense and compelling for me. I cared so much about the characters. In this book, Simon Greene's daughter, Paige, is lost. At first, she is lost to drugs and a relationship that he suspects is abusive; then, later, her boyfriend is found dead and she is simply missing. Nowhere to be found. Did she kill her boyfriend and run? Or is the person responsible looking for Paige, now, too?
The plot thickens at every step. Simon discovers new bizarre threads of the mystery, snaking across the country and, perhaps, leading back many years to an old secret. I found myself questioning everyone. The more Simon uncovers, the more questions arise. Does his daughter have a dark secret? Did her boyfriend? Does his wife? I love how Coben hides all his clues in plain sight.
I also really enjoyed the nod to a current trend that is gaining popularity by the minute and how this could easily be abused. I had wondered when an author was going to tap into concerns and fears surrounding this issue, and Coben does not go easy on us.
I don't know about you, but I found this extremely entertaining. Fast-paced, dramatic, with a side order of WTF.
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I loved this book! Once I started reading this book, I was hooked and didn't want to put it down. I couldn't guess which direction the story would take at any given time and I was really eager to see how things would work out. There were a lot of twists and turns that were expertly executed as I have come to expect from Harlan Coben.
ARC provided by the publisher. Full review to be posted soon.