Title: Run Away
Author : Harlan Coben
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 03/19/19
“You can look for her, man, I can’t blame you for trying. But she’s a junkie. Even if you find her, this story won’t have a happy ending.”
Run Away is a traditional, fast-paced thriller that follows multiple perspectives. The central conflict revolves around Simon Greene, who is searching for his daughter Paige, who is missing and presumed to be in great danger.
★ Simon Greene — Simon is the Liam-Neeson-style, bad ass father who will stop at nothing to find his daughter and bring her home. Simon’s daughter Paige was your typical, happy teenager until she went off the college and ultimately met an older guy named Aaron–who turned out to be the beginning of her downfall. Paige has struggled with drug addiction and ultimately left home. The novel begins with Simon sitting on a bench in Central Park, looking upon his drug-dependant daughter as she plays the guitar for tips from strangers. Drama quickly ensues.. And a murder that is all too close for comfort.. Leading Simon on a quest to save his daughter that drags him through the trenches of trouble– drug dealers, conspiracy, and more death–ultimately leading him to the big question of .. “how far will you go to save someone you love?”
★ Elena Ramirez — Elena is a former FBI agent, turned private investigator, who works for some high-profile clients. When she is hired to track down Henry Thorpe, the son of a prestigious client, she quickly finds her path crossing with that of Simon Greene. Together they embark on a journey to find Henry and Paige–becoming quickly involved in a giant mess that could lead them to their ultimate demise if they do not proceed with caution. Elena is an unstoppable, brilliant force that represents women well (not to mention that as a Mexican woman, she is representing women of color/minorities well at the top of her field).
★ Ash & Dee Dee — When readers first meet Ash & Dee Dee, they are staking out a house where Ash is fulfilling a hit-job on a middle-aged man. Both coming from foster care backgrounds, that often overlapped, Ash & Dee Dee have an incredibly strong bond. However, being a hitman for a sketchy figurehead has gotten them both wrapped up in some very questionable and dark business.
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Let me start by saying that I have never been disappointed by a Harlan Coben novel. My father traveled a lot for his job when I was young, and I can remember when he handed be a mass market paperback of one of Coben’s novels from the airport that he enjoyed. I’ve been a hooked fan ever since and Run Away let me down!
I loved the alternating perspectives and seeing how all of these characters would ultimately come together. I am a mom of two young girls, so I have yet to experience the teenage/young adult years, but it was easy to relate to Simon and his wife, Ingrid, and understand that fire-in-your-gut, unstoppable force of desire to rescue your child from the dangers that life is throwing at them. This is an overarching theme of the novel and as the plot plays out, you will discover other parent-figures, who, like Simon, were willing to do just about anything to protect their children.
Harlan Coben is a must-read author, and Run Away is no exception. Absolutely action-PACKED and addictive with a fantastic cast of characters! Five shining stars! If you love traditional, high-stakes thrillers, this needs to be on your TBR!
Thank you to Harlan Coben and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a DRC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
Trigger Warnings (May Contain Spoilers): Drug Addiction, Rape, Sexual Assault, Cults, Adoption Themes, Child Abandonment