Run Away by Harlan Coben

Run Away

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.

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Harlan Coben knows how to write novels that just hooks you and then finishes with an unexpected, twisty ending. I took a break from his novels since I found them to be a similar format (a successful father has an event happen to his family, which causes him to go into detective mood, putting himself in danger in the process). Even though, Run Away did follow the same format, I did enjoy the ride that the novel took me on.

I did enjoy the main character, Simon Greene, who will do anything to protect his wife and children. His eldest daughter, has run away from home with her boyfriend and is homeless and doing drugs in NYC. When Simon sees her one day, he fights to get her to come home, but that drives her further away. He then sees that world that she is living in and it is much different than his own.

Even though you think you may know what happens, Coben knows how to throw the reader off and catch them off guard. I liked going on the journey with Simon to see what is really happening with his daughter.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Not the best, but not the worst Harlan Coben novel. If you are looking for a quick paced novel that will have you guessing, check out Run Away!


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24 thoughts on “Run Away by Harlan Coben

  1. I got this one in a Goodreads giveaway last spring. I might finally read and review it soon; it will be the second Harlan Coben novel I’ve read (Missing You was my first). Thanks for the review.

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