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 e ...more
2) When was his wife with the Cult and how could he not know that Paige wasn't his? If she had the baby before she married him, I'd get it, but they talk about Paige being a baby. They don't say anything about having a child before, and even if Ingrid did, wouldn't Simon know? Confused. Thanks for any help (hide spoiler)]
Please help if you can.
1) Simon takes his, Paige's and Ingrid's toothbrushes to a DNA specialist, and the results come back that Paige is his daughter. Was that just a mistake by the specialist or the author? (hide spoiler)]
“Question: Would you kill someone? Answer: No, of course not. Question: Would you kill someone to save your child? Answer…?”
Coben really knows how to balance thrills and character dynamics. I found it hard to put Run Away down.
Chelsea wrote a great review for this book. I think this is a story that will cut to the core of readers with kids. I found myself sympathizing so much with Simon Greene as he hunts for his missing daughter. His pain and fear felt so real, so visceral, that I was on the ...more
Over the years, I've found myself moved on a deeply emotional level when I read stories about parents trying to save their wayward children. This is likely due to the fact I'm now a parent myself, and even though my kids are still young and dependent upon me f ...more
Wow. Wow. Wow! Harlan Coben, where have you been all of my life!?
“Murder was simple if you kept it simple.”
Run Away has all of the elements that I look for in a thriller: action, intrigue, danger, secrets and lies, twists and turns. It’s well-written, intricately plotted and kept me on my toes! Furthermore, there’s a creepy cult, quirky characters, and commentary on popular culture! Yes, it’s a little over the top, but who cares, because it works!
This is a must read for thrille ...more
- Hagrid from Harry Potter
- Steve Harrington from Stranger Things
- Captain Holt from B99
- Simon Green from this book
I'm going to make a framed photo of all four to look at it every morning and resolutely whisper, "do it for them."
This was a tremendously affecting book and a brilliantly plotted thriller. Full review to come!
A Fast-Paced Thrill Ride with Lots of Heart.
Harlan Coben knows how to to get my attention in order to bring me into a story. He uses heart and humor and he writes with real human emotion. In addition, he always makes the characters authentic and makes me feel as if I am right there with him. The best part for me is that he includes recurring characters in each of his stories, and that make my heart sing and yeah, it makes my eyes fill with these little things called t ...more
In recent years, Harlan Coben has written some of my favorite thrillers. He's one of those authors who skillfully combines rich character development with heart-pounding suspense. Even his signature Myron Bolitar series meshed humor and sarcasm with suspense.
I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of Run Away , Coben's latest thriller for several months, and was excited to get my hands on an advance copy a few days before its release. While this won't surpass Home as my favorit ...more
Some great characterizations, a multitude threaded story line that keeps the reader interested. Trying to figure out what was going on, h ...more
Others have given the gist of the story, so I'll not go into that much. It involves a father, Simon Greene's search for his daughter, Paige, who has dropped out of college due to her boyfriend, Aaron, who got her addicted to drugs in the first place.
The pace is fast and kept me turning pages quickly. I couldn't wait to find out where Paige was, if she was still alive ...more
What a rush!!! This story kept you guessing until the final chapter, so much adrenaline and intensity.
Simon is a concerned father who is searching for his daughter. He believes she has succumbed to drugs and the wrong crowd. He spots her in Central Park, almost unrecognizable. He approached her and tries to convince her to leave with him but his attempts are thwarted by her drug crazed boyfriend and his daughter, Paige, slips away. Simon is taken into custody and begins to learn difficu ...more
The start of the book is epic, Simon sees his runaway daughter in Central Park and approaches her, her boyfriend appears, Simon hits him and becomes a Youtube ‘sensation’.....then the boyfriend is murdered and well in very Coben esque style the story continues...and the story develops, rather unbelievably into a tale ...more
On a quiet morning in Central Park, horrified bystanders witness an angry, rich, suited man accosting a pan-handling young woman. He then proceeds to punch the Good Samaritan homeless guy who jumps in to help her. Captured on smartphone, the video goes viral, the attack condemned by millions of internet strangers.
But everything is not as it seems. The rich man is Simon Greene, a desperate father, the young woman – his ...more
When I’m reading a book, I usually imagine some actors who can act as that charac ...more
Fast pace, clever plotting, full of interesting characters, I loved every page of the latest Coben novel. The story centers around Simon and Ingrid, desperate parents whose oldest daughter Paige, who used to be a straight A student, becomes a junkie after meeting an older guy Aaron. When Aaron is brutally murdered and Paige goes missing, the parents decide to look for her in some dark corners of New York which unfortunately does ...more
Simon Greene is a ...more
4 SOLID STARS (deduction info at the very bottom of the review)
Synopsis: Simon hadn’t seen his daughter in six months. She ran away and got into heavy drugs. But, he wouldn’t give up hope. He continued to visit the place she used to frequent in hopes of running into her. And then - it finally happened. He found Paige in Central Park. Though, as soon as he made contact, we ran. And for the next month, he would chase her. The se ...more
Oh Boy! There's a doozie of a secret hiding in RUN AWAY!
The search for Paige is under way and daddy Simon is playing it close to the edge punching out those who get in his way, and questioning everyone and anyone....including those hazardous to your health.
Bullets are flying....and hitting their mark in this suspenseful mystery-thriller with ruthless killers and drug dealers; we even meet up with a couple familiar notable faces from the past.
Get ready to quickly turn pages, read a wel...more
It's long. And it meanders through different parts of the USA locations, characters in dozens, group dynamics in several "structured" relationship settings, and various family or business groups too. Flip-flopping in the most general post 2015 "usual" modern thriller method of style/ plot reveals. And that worked in the first half. Why I felt it did NOT in the ...more
I loved this book! I have been a fan of Harlan Coben's writing for a long time so I went into this book with some really high expectations. This book easily met every one of those expectations. It was one of those books that grabbed me from the very first page and didn't let go until the very end. I had a fantastic time reading this story.
When I pick up a book written by Harlan Coben, I expect a lot of twists and turns and always hop ...more
I’m not even going to touch the plot details here because it’s beyond twisty and went in SO many ...more
The first handful of chapters, though, did make me wonder how the rest would go. They skip from scenario to scenario - introducing new characters in each - making me worry that I'd lose sight of who was who (even though I expected the three main "stories" would merge at some poin ...more
Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut ...more