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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, quite by chance, you see her busking in New York's Central Park.

But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is wasted, frightened and clearly in trouble.

You don't stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs.

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Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published March 21st 2019 by Cornerstone Digital (first published March 19th 2019)
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Emily May
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Chelsea Humphrey
“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
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Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie
Shelves: from-publisher
Simon's eyes stayed locked on the panhandling girl mangling John Lennon's legacy. Her hair was matted clumps. Her cheekbones were sunken. The girl was rail-thin, raggedy, dirty, damaged, homeless, lost. She was also Simon's daughter Paige."

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
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
The fathomless love of a parent is a mysterious tunnel, and nobody really knows where it leads. It is this sort of intimacy that Harlan Coben so searchingly explores in this novel.

Coben’s Runaway grips. The author has sculpted a humbling monument to the boundless power—and the sorrow—of parenthood. His novel bleeds unspeakable tenderness, indescribable warmth, and a hard-won hope. There is a tightness in my chest still, as if all the shock and horror of the last few chapters of this book had str
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Meredith
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

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
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Maureen
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Simon Greene and his wife Ingrid live a somewhat privileged middle class life, together with their 3 children Sam, Anya and Paige. The kids have had everything that wealth could throw at them, but while mum and dad were busy living their perfect lives, Paige has taken a wrong turning on life’s journey, and has fallen into a world of drugs, dealers, criminals and an abusive boyfriend. It’s a dark and dangerous world hidden from the circles which the Greene’s inhabit, but Simon and Ingrid are abou ...more
Susanne  Strong
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
4.25 Stars (rounded down).

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
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Larry H
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars.

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
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Kylie D
Another engaging thriller from Harlan Coben, and, as usual in his books, not everything is as it seems.
Simon Greene is given a tipoff that his estranged, drug addicted daughter is busking in Central Park, so he goes to find her, has an altercation with her junkie boyfriend, and she runs off. Simon and his wife try to find her, and so their lives spiral out of control as this leads them down a path that they, and the reader, would never have imagined.

I really don't want to say too much as I don
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Luffy
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My worst fears were realized when I began reading Run Away. It's not the kind of thriller, well, to thrill you every chapter. The book got 4 stars simply due to the magnitude of the twists present near the end of the book.

The writing is minimalist, but effective. The layout of the plot was aesthetically pleasing. When the action starts, it gets really tense. I felt a talented writer was behind the words.

Now for one or two negatives; the twists were what kept me going. Whether they were worth the
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Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐

“You can look for her man, I can’t blame you for trying. But she’s a junkie. Even if you find her, this story won’t have a happy ending.”

There have been so many great reviews for this one, I was really excited to get stuck in. This was my first Harlan Coben novel.

Simon Greene’s daughter Paige is missing. She fell in with a dodgy druggie – Aaron Corval, and has been estranged from her family ever since.

A brief spotting in central park reopens old wounds and Simon is desperate to find his
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Liz
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio

Harlan Coben’s books are like braids. Strands of equal strength are woven together to bring the reader a strong story. Here, we’ve got Simon Green, who should have the perfect life. But his eldest daughter has succumbed to drugs and wants nothing to do with her family. When Simon sees her busking in Strawberry Fields he tries to talk to her but ends up in a fight with her dealer boyfriend. Next thing, the boyfriend is dead. Simon and his wife Ingrid begin a search for their daughter, taking them
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Lola
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This was my first Harlan Coben book and I am IMPRESSED. I could not put it down. It’s not rare I finish a book in a single day, especially during an exam period because I would way rather read than study but the action of going through 371 pages in one day is still worth mentioning here because I was not one bit exhausted at the end. Not every almost 400-page book can be read so fast but I was completely engrossed in this one and closed it wanting to read 5 more from the author the sa ...more
Karen
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn’t read a Coben novel in years and when I saw this latest release getting great reviews I thought it was time to read him again. Per usual, it was gripping, fast moving, great characters and lots of heart!
Peter
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Joey R.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars— Over the years Harlan Coben has become one of my top five favorite thriller writers. His latest book, “Run Away” does nothing to diminish that status. What I like about Coben is that he tries to anticipate every objection or question a reader might have and answer it with reasonable explanations and realistic plot twists. “Run Away” starts out with the main plot of Simon searching for his missing daughter Paige who has become a severe drug addict who is living with her supplier. From ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-thriller
5 full of action, breathtaking stars! I may have been reading Harlan Coben’s books for at least 10 years. Myron Bolitar’s series are always the light of my day. I enjoyed them so much. Maybe you find it like a cheesy slogan but when you start one of his books, you cannot stop! You stay up all night till you finish and earn your restful sleep! ( actually that’s what happened to me over and over like living a dejavu)
When I’m reading a book, I usually imagine some actors who can act as that charac
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Diane S ☔
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor-2019
Yes! Yes! Yes! Lights! Action, Camera. That's a wrap! I was so in the mood for a fast based, but tautly plotted thriller. Especially now, as I reading a slow paced historical that isn't quite doing it for me. Have been a fan of this author for many years, and as much as I adore his Bolitar series, i think it is in his stand-alones that his talent really shines.

Some great characterizations, a multitude threaded story line that keeps the reader interested. Trying to figure out what was going on, h
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Darren
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Harlan Coben novel. He has been on my want to read list for quite awhile, but just never got around to reading any of his books. I saw this one being marked as "want to read" so many times in my feed, I just had to read it. I have to say I found this book hard to put down. I found the 3 story lines very interesting and loved how they came together. I will definitely be reading more books by Harlan Coben soon.
Gary
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a standalone novel by successful author Harlan Coben. I have enjoyed reading this authors books for many a year and love his subtle humour and intriguing plots he weaves, however something in this novel just didn't work for me. I found some of the actions hard to believe and the characters failed to engage me. It wasn't a total disaster and there was still plenty that I enjoyed but for me it fell short on the usual high standard of writing that I have enjoyed previously.

Simon Greene is a
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Maureen
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This book takes you on a wild ride! Non-stop action, plenty of suspense, and as a big Harlan Coben fan, I totally enjoyed it all.

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
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Debbie Oliphant
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!!!!
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
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: ... there was no beauty in the music. None.

Simon's eyes stayed locked on the panhandling girl mangling John Lennon's legacy. Her hair was matted clumps. Her cheekbones were sunken. The girl was rail thin, raggedy, dirty, damaged, homeless, lost.

She was also Simon's daughter Paige.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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, quite by chance, you see her busking in New Yor
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NZLisaM
A pulse-pounding adrenaline rush, with nonstop action and a high stakes plot!

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
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Jonetta
Simon Green is a successful financial manager, married to a successful doctor and father to their three children. Life was pretty good for them until their oldest daughter went away to college, met a boy and spiraled downward. She eventually ran away and they’d given up looking for her. Except Simon really hadn’t and when one day he sees her in Central Park, he goes after her and things get out of control. What happens after that moment leads him and his family down paths they’d never expected t ...more
Nadia
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you only read one thriller this year, please let it be this one!!

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
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Debra
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deciding on my rating
Mark
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author has in the past written fantastic books, I loved them, the themes and the style, so I was kinda excited after quite a few years since reading ‘one of his’ to be back.....
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
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Carol
4+ Stars.

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

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Malia
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I hadn't read a Harlan Coben book in quite a while, because I felt they were a little formulaic. But when I saw this one and read the glowing reviews, I was swayed. Besides, I was traveling and in the mood for something fast paced, which Coben's work reliably is. Run Away is indeed a quick thriller with an engaging plot. It wasn't terribly original, there were cliches galore, and the characters, except for the protagonist, did not feel fleshed out to me. That being said, the book still offered s ...more
Miriam Smith
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed Harlan Coben novels and have constantly looked forward to every new one he has brought out. I was particularly interested in this, his latest offering “Run Away”, as it is a standalone thriller about a father in search of his runaway daughter, who has gone missing after her boyfriend has been found viciously murdered. As a parent myself, I fully engaged with the dad, Simon Greene as he struggled to come to terms with his once intelligent and smart minded daughter Paige, bec ...more
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