Run Away Book Review

Run Away Book Review

Title: Run Away
Author: Harlen Coben
Published: March 19, 2019, Grand Central Publishing
No. of Pages: 384
Cover Price: $29.00 Hardcover, $16.99 Paperback, $14.99 Kindle

Every parent’s nightmare is that one of their children becomes a drug addict, and in Run Away, by bestselling author Harlen Coben, it’s reality for Simon, a successful businessman and Ingrid, a physician, who have a happy marriage and three children. Paige is the oldest, and somehow has gotten herself hooked on drugs and has an abusive looser boyfriend. Paige has disappeared and doesn’t want to be found. However, Simon catches a glimpse of her performing in New York’s Central Park at a place where he used to take his children when they were young. As he tries to talk to her, she runs. Simon can’t let it go, and begins to try to find her. This leads to him visiting seedy places, drug dealers, and even to Ingrid being shot.

Harlen Coben is one of the best authors out there today; it’s no wonder anything he writes instantly becomes a bestseller. Run Away is no exception. Coben has a way to get readers hooked in the very first chapter and keep them on the edges of their seats throughout the entire novel. His storytelling skills are well-honed, and he writes in a way that readers will believe what is happening is real and not a fictional story.

Coben is one of the few authors who can write a suspense-filled, edge-of-your seat novel and weave his incredible sense of humor throughout. Although this novel is far from humorous, it does have a few parts that make readers smile, which is similar to comic relief in the theater. His humor takes the edge off.

As is Coben’s style, the characters are well-developed; they seem like real people, and as the novel progresses, the readers feel like they know them well. Another element of Coben’s style is the fact that he can tell a believable story with an ending that is not only surprising, but sometimes shocking. That is the case with this novel. Even thriller aficionados who usually guess the ending will be surprised at this one.

Run Away is definitely recommended for anyone who loves Harlen Coben (and who doesn’t?).

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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