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Run Away

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  43 reviews
"Ignorance is bliss…until there's blood involved."

Drenched in blood and sitting in the sweltering interview room of a Thai police station, Kayla Finch knows that Sam, the love of her life, is dead. It doesn't matter that there's no body. All that blood can mean only one thing.

It isn't the first time Kayla's had blood on her hands. After finding her brother dead by his own
ebook, 320 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Witness Impulse (first published May 5th 2015)
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Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, twisty plot! Laura Salters is a suspense master. Reading RUN AWAY, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Not to mention the romantic tension built into the narrative. GAH!!!

Run Away takes the reader on a whirlwind vacation, visiting many exotic locales, as the heroine, Kayla tries to heal after the death of a loved one. But, her vacation soon turns into a nightmare when her friend, Sam goes missing--leaving behind a ghastly amount of blood.

Just when I thought I had the
Miranda Freeman
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly unputdownable

I'm not kidding--make sure you don't have anything too important to do before you reach the halfway point of this book. Told myself I'd "just read a couple more chapters" before bed last night and then I blinked and it was 2am. There are so many great twists that even if you guess a few of them, there'll be a bunch left over to enjoy.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Run Away is Laura's debut nivel and I couldn't be mor excited about that! She's become a great friend in Twitter and I've heard so many things about the book, it just sounds like an amazing book and it really was.

The story follows Kayla, a 20 years old girl, who's been traveling Asia with her new best friends. Well, when the stiry stars Kayla is in a real dark olace and the scene is auite dramatic, shocking and sad.
Annika Sharma
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy. Cow.

I'm not usually a big suspense reader--I like the ones I've read but it's not something I automatically grab. This book might change that.

Laura's story is all encompassing--a love story, a mystery, a suspense, and a family saga. Kayla, a girl from a wealthy family is still recovering from her brother's suicide. To recover, she goes on a gap year trip to Thailand where she meets Sam, an incredibly lovable, sarcastic and gentle giant, who she begins to fall for. Before their love story c
Amanda Heger
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mind. Blown.

"That constant feeling of impending threat that crawled over her skin like menacing little ants."

That line pretty much summarizes how I felt the entire time I was reading this story.

Imagine Gillian Flynn wrote new adult--and set it in Thailand/England instead of the Ozarks--and you've got Laura's Salter's RUN AWAY. Salter's is a master of mood and tension, and she's honed the art of alternating timelines in a way that will make hundreds of authors read with envy. But in addition to
A.J. Matthews
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of Run Away, and I was floored with the massive amounts of talent Laura Salters possesses. I do not want to give anything away, but I will say that in the version I read, the prose is rich in detail and emotion, heightened by her clear depiction of places I have never been. I can't wait for May-it was an amazing read in draft, and I know it will blow me away (even more)in this final edition!
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I was lucky enough to read this book last year, and it was so captivating that I flew through it in a day - I couldn't/wouldn't put it down. Talented, descriptive writing and a stomach-churning plot. I'm sure that it will be even better after revisions and I can't wait to read the finished product!
Sophia Henry
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, new-adult
I’m still on edge and tense and surprised—and I read this over a month ago. That’s how into this book I got. Laura Salters is a phenomenal writer. She has the ability to describe places so well that I felt like I was right there with the characters, even though I've never been to this particular part of Northern England - or Thailand at all. And let's talk about those characters - and character development. Was I the only one who wanted to party with the characters? But seriously, Kayla's journe ...more
Kimber Wheaton
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, favorites
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Run Away was definitely a wild ride. This new adult mystery was addicting and almost impossible to put down once started. I didn't see the twist at the end-- which was refreshing. The story alternated between past and present in a way that I thought would make it disjointed, and yet it just worked so well. Somehow the past and present seem to blend rather seamlessly.

After her brother committed suicide, Kayla headed to Thailand
Carol Ann
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, contemporary
Where to even begin with this book? It was more than I ever expected it to be. I had pretty decent expectations, but the actual experience of reading it blew my expectations out of the water. I'd like to start with the characters and the depth within them which is hard to find in most books. I genuinely liked Kayla. She wasn't the stubborn, dramatic or idiotic main character that is typical these days for some ungodly reason. I also loved Sam. It was refreshing that he wasn't the typical love in ...more
Ara Grigorian
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review*

Holy psychological thriller!

Whatever you think this book is about, you're wrong. This is supposed to be a debut novel, but Salters pulls this off like she's a multi-bestselling-novelist!

Starting with the clever and perfectly executed two-timeline switching chapters – before the incident and after the incident -- you very quickly realize you’re in for a ride. As the two timelines advance, the pieces fall into place and just when
Laurie Flynn
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, new-adult
I had been itching to read this book ever since I first heard about it. I love a good, twisty story, and this one definitely delivers-- plus, the gorgeous Thailand locales are described so well that the book really transported me and sucked me in. RUN AWAY is the story of Kayla, who escapes her dreary reality in Northumberland following her brother's suicide for a tour group in Thailand. Here, she meets some new friends-- and Sam, with whom she shares a strong attraction. But when Sam disappears ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just wow.

Run Away was told in both the past and present of Kayla. Her experienced in England after her brother's death, her meeting with Sam in Thailand, and when let's just say sh*t hits the fan.

How can I just say my thoughts without spoiling the mysteries that were revealed concerning Kayla and those around her. As much as I wanted to put down reading this I couldn't till I reached the ending. Let me tell you, the revelations were shocking. I meant shocking in a way I never suspected the crimi
miss e quartermaine
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've never reader this book so I'm just about to read it now
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bookaholic Confessions

Part dark thriller, part YA, part mystery, part suspense, part romance, Run Away really is a novel that covers all bases and it does so with the biggest of bangs.
The story centers around a young woman called Kayla Finch. Kayla has gone travelling in Thailand in an attempt to recover from the suicide of her brother, Gabe. However she didn’t count on falling in love with one her her fellow travellers, Sam. The pair gradually get to know one another but after a series of stran
Ivey Byrd
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, the beginning of Run Away really draws you in. It's rare that I read a book that has me hooked instantly from the first page, but this one had that kind of beginning. Run Away alternates in view from Kayla’s present to past. I'm usually not fond of that, but in this book it is needed and it just fits. As you read about Kayla’s past you get to learn more about her and Sam, which is crucial. We get to understand the real Kayla because the present Kayla is full of grief. Then as the ...more
Mick Mahady
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a long wait to get my hands on Run Away. I had preorder the kindle edition on the day that it was available and had to wait for what seemed like an eternity to actually read it. IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT.

There are many reasons why I believe Run Away is an excellent novel, with the first being the wonderful setting of Thailand. I've never had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful country but I know many who have, and the experiences they described are eerily similar to some of the events in
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the debut novel, published only last month, by author Laura Salters. And my gosh is it good.

I was gripped from the start. From the vivid, colourful description in the opening scene, the story had such substance and I was glued, eager to devour it and know more.

The tagline of the book (“Ignorance is bliss, until there’s blood involved”) features in the first chapter and is but the first example of the beautiful and gripping prose found throughout the novel. The beautiful descriptions of t
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you are not sure about reading this book... Stop thinking about it, just do it!

I wasn't so sure I would like this book, but it kept me hooked until I had it finished in one sitting. The story is switching back and forth between the time Kayla spent in Thailand after her brothers aparrent suicide and the current time where she is back at home trying to still come to terms with her brothers death and locating his bully, as well as coming to terms that her best-friend and loveinterest, Sam, wen
C.L. Taylor
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Part love story, part thriller Run Away is an exciting YA/NA tale about finding love and then losing it in the most nightmarish of ways. In the main character Kayla, and the friends she makes on holiday in Thailand, Laura Salters perfectly embodies all the naivety, neuroses, sense of adventure and wild optimism of a group of late teens/early twenty-somethings. Kayla hopes the trip will help her escape the grief she feels after the death of a close relative but, unfortunately for her, something h ...more
Kate Mary
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Wow, what a crazy ride! From the mystery and suspense to the vividly described setting, Run Away stands out among New Adult books. Salters’ writing is descriptive and the story flows, and there’s so much wit and diversity in her characters that you can’t help but be pulled into the world she’s created.

The story follows Kayla to Thailand where she tries to come to turns with a recent tragedy, throwing her directly into another. From there the reader bounces back and forth between the past and th
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the enticing premise to the end, this thriller took me on a wild ride and would not let me go. I cared so much about Kayla that I had to keep reading to find out what the rest of the story. Telling the story in different chapters with alternating points of view, we are given a complete history of the narrative. As I read the parts set in Thailand, I felt I was actually there; feeling the humidity and the colors and flavors of the tropical environment. I loved how Kayla and the relationships ...more
C.K. Conners
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
A grabbing mystery with an unexpected twist! Laura Salters uses clever storytelling to keep you on the edge of your seat, theorizing the possibilities surrounding the great unknown. By breaking the narrative into the worlds of the characters' past and present, Salters is able to keep readers engaged, mystified, curious, and anxious to turn the next page. Truly worth the read!
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book blew my mind with how good it was. I loved the characters and how it went from past to present. I never saw half the plot twists coming. The author did a fantastic job.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review****
Rebecca Jane
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Already read Chapter one and I am hooked into the story! Gripping, interesting and I'm excited to read more :)
Marty Mayberry
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deliciously suspenseful with an unexpected twist at the end. It's a keep-you-up-until-you-finish read.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an EXCELLENT book. Still processing. Wow, what a debut for this new author. Bravo!
Donne Knudsen
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Wow!!! That was one crazy ending out of nowhere!!! Completely left field. Good story though and I had actually thought of an even crazier ending - glad I was wrong.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and Exciting

Overall liked the book, liked the tie-ins of subplots, and found it engaging and a fun read.

I had a couple beefs with this book, though.

1. This book needed to be proofread. There were at least a dozen typos, formatting errors, etc. throughout that pulled me out of the prose each time. Obviously typos happen, but usually there aren't this many left in a book by publication.

2. If you are aware of the racial insensitivity of your characters enough to have other characters
Kathy Wideman
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: danger, romance
This book was very well written as far as the story and the characters. However for me it was too slow. I just couldn’t seem to get into to it. The story is about a girl named Kayla whose brother committed suicide and she decides to go on a trip to Thailand to avoid dealing with her brother’s death. While on the trip she falls for a boy named Sam who is in the same group as her. Then Sam disappears, they don’t know if he left on his own or if he was taken. There may be some drug involvement. The ...more
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Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. Her first novel, Run Away, was published by HarperCollins in 2015, and Perfect Prey is due out in summer 2016 – both under the pseudonym Laura Salters.

While juggling various freelance gigs and an MA in Creative Writing, you're most likely to find Laura at Mslexia HQ (where she works in advertising), on st
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