Run Away (Hardcover)

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I decided recently that I was going to try and read prolific thriller or mystery authors.  I began with Harlan Coben’s newest, Run Away.  My customers have gushed about how great his books are for a long time, and I needed to know what all the fuss was about.  I dove in and was wonderfully rewarded. The pacing was fast, the action was hot, and the twists and turns were effortless.  The story opened with Simon, the father sitting in the park listening to a homeless person butchering a John Lennon song. He reminisces about his young adult daughter, Paige, who has run away from home to live with her older, drug addicted, and (from Simon’s point of view) manipulative boyfriend. As the vagrant flows into another song, it is revealed that the homeless woman is in fact Simon’s missing daughter. The crux of the problem is that Simon’s been trying to lure Paige home, but despite the family's efforts she does not want to be there.  Simon has an unfortunate encounter with Paige’s boyfriend and the next day we find out that Paige’s boyfriend is dead.  Unfortunately for Simon, the man’s death coincides with a window of time when no one can vouch for his whereabouts. Simon decides to investigate - against the advice of the Police who are now suspicious of him.
I really liked this story because it posed many “What If” questions.  Hypothetical thinking is the best.  What would you do if a child decided that they were removing themselves from your life? -especially a drug addicted child?  Would you take it upon yourself to go after them, possibly even if it was illegal?  Would you team up with criminals if necessary?  What if you had to harm another to get the answers you needed?  This is a great book to explore your limits while you read. I would compare Run Away to August Snow by Stephen Mack Jones, John Hart’s Last Child, or Michael Harvey’s Brighton.  My advice: pick up Run Away and after your done, you can pick up any of Coben's books because they are all fantastic standalone mysteries or thrillers. 

Click here for a full list of his titles.

— From Alex


A perfect family is shattered when their daughter goes missing in this "brilliantly executed" New York Times bestselling thriller from a "master storyteller" (Providence Sunday Journal).

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.

She runs.

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.

About the Author

With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous suspense novels, including Run Away, Don't Let Go, Home, and Fool Me Once, as well as the multi-award-winning Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. He lives in New Jersey.

Praise For…

"I read [Harlan Coben's] new book RUN AWAY straight
through without moving. It's RIVETING."—Ann Patchett

"Brilliantly executed...might be the best book Harlan Coben has ever written. For such a master storyteller, that's a high bar indeed but one Coben effortlessly crests...[RUN AWAY] features an effortlessness and fluidity that define everything great storytelling should be. A fantastic read and early contender for the best thriller of 2019."—Providence Sunday Journal

"One major bombshell awaits in the last few paragraphs. It's a secret so major that it will leave readers wondering how they would handle it long after they put the book down."—USA Today

"[A] bombshell-laden thriller...the sheer amount of jaw-dropping plot twists is impressive...the breakneck pacing and audaciously intricate story line will have readers on the edge of their seats."—Publishers Weekly

"Harlan Coben is a master at taking what seems to be an ordinary family and exposing the facade and secrets that are buried just below the surface. With Run Away, his writing and storytelling are firing on all cylinders and the seemingly straightforward tale takes a sharp turn when it's least expected. The narrative continues to navigate that twisty mountainous road until the shocking conclusion."—Associated Press

"[A] greased-lightning domestic thriller."—Kirkus Reviews

"A twisty, edge-of-your-seat say more would ruin the sheer genius absolutely brilliant, taut thriller that begs to be read in one sitting."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Solid Coben, with clever plotting and dead-on
character sketches."

"Coben serves up characters and plot turns that
are startlingly inventive. All of this keeps the book springing fast ones on
the reader down to the last word."—Toronto Star

"Fans of Coben--and there are many--will not be disappointed...RUN AWAY is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller with many twists and turns."—

"This page turner reminded me of the
Saturday matinee movie serials with each chapter leaving you breathless at the
conclusion...RUN AWAY is a pip." David Rothenburg, WBAI Radio

"What you will find in RUN AWAY as things
progress and conclude would be more than enough to keep you reading and
entertained throughout, but you will get even more than you might reasonably

"Coben's work is full of the unexpected...easily
moves back and forth between heart-breaking and heart-pounding."—CrimeReads

"Being a master, Coben knows how to hook readers
from the opening line...readers are lucky to go along for the ride."—New Jersey Star Ledger

"I'm a huge Harlan Coben fan, and I just finished Run Away--maybe my all-time favorite of his! In addition to the incredible twists and surprises that he is famous for, the book is a powerful and emotional portrait of a father's anguish at losing his daughter, and the limitless lengths that parents will go in order to save their child from danger. Impossible to put down!"—S. A. Lelchuk, Entertainment Weekly

"When it comes to misdirection and catching readers off guard, no one's better than Harlan Coben, who continues to land unexpected twists and shocking reveals. Fast-paced and helplessly entertaining, Run Away is everything his readers have come to expect and then some."—The Real Book Spy

"Coben is a masterful storyteller who switches smoothly
between sets of characters, keeping the reader engaged and intrigued. Even
the secondary characters are interesting and believable. Like an
old-fashioned Agatha Christie, Coben's book challenges the reader to figure out
what's going on. But the action also ratchets up the suspense with some scenes
of violence."—New York Journal of Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781538748466
ISBN-10: 1538748460
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 19th, 2019
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: N

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