“Run Away” by Harlan Coben
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published March 19, 2019, by Grand Central Publishing
Simon Greene will do anything for his family, including his eldest child, Paige. But she’s on drugs, and she’s running from him. And he doesn’t fully understand why. As Simon and his wife Ingrid fight to save their daughter, they encounter truths that are far more brutal and complicated than they could have imagined.
This is the second Harlan Coben book I’ve read (my first was “Missing You”), and this one far exceeded my expectations. Coben has woven together an action-packed thrill ride that’s full of secrets from start to finish. He kept me guessing until the end with revelations that should have been obvious but were still steeped in mystery. This is a tale of the strong and sometimes twisted bonds that make or break families.
Perhaps the best element, for me, was the nature of Simon and Ingrid’s relationship. They were so very much in love, yet one of them wasn’t being completely honest with the other — not out of willful deceit, but to protect the family. Here is one of my favorite passages (even though it’s a run-on sentence): “You both have careers and you raise kids and there are victories and defeats and you just sort of coast along, living your life, the days long, the years short, and then every once in a while you remember to pull up and look at your partner, your life partner, really look at the one who travels down the lonely road right by your side, and you realize how much you are in this together.”
I also appreciated how Coben managed to inject humor even during tense situations. Here’s an example from a scene involving the main villains of the story: “‘Tattoos While U Wait,’ Dee Dee said. ‘Think about it. I mean, how else would you do it? “Hey, man, here’s my arm, put a skull and crossbones on it, I’ll be back in two hours.”‘” I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that Ash and Dee Dee are quite the Bonnie and Clyde pair.
I really enjoyed the rollercoaster ride that is “Run Away.” I definitely would like to read more of Coben’s work.
I received a finished copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author
With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.
Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – and he has received an eclectic variety of honors from all over the world. His novel TELL NO ONE has been turned into a hit French film of the same name. His essays and columns have appeared in many top publications.
Harlan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He still lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a pediatrician, and their four children.