Hagen Carmichael's Review Run Away // Harlan Coben

How brilliant would you have to be to publish over 31 novels and have a Netflix series based upon one of your stories? This is essentially just some of what Harlan Coben's prolific career has accomplished, and I am continually beyond impressed with his storytelling ability. I previously read Fool Me Once and No Second Chance and looked forward to Run Away.

Here's a brief synopsis from Coben's website:

"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.
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."

Once I finished Run Away I immediately recommended it to my mom because it truly was that addicting. She also finished it over one weekend. I've been on a thriller/crime genre-bender, and this novel definitely fits in with that genre. It was a smart, quick read that had many plot-twists - the end had me up late reading. I've gotten used to predicting endings, but this novel had me guessing. The characters are so well-developed, and you're attached to each of them.

Definitely put this novel on your to-read list.


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