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Run Away

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  57,182 ratings  ·  5,212 reviews

And then you see her, frightened and clearly in trouble.

You approach her, beg her to come home.


You follow her into a dark, dangerous world where no-one is safe and murder is commonplace.

Hardcover, 371 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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Emily May
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 th
Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie Rosenblit
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
chai ♡
The fathomless love of a parent is a mysterious tunnel, and nobody really knows where it leads—t is this sort of intimacy that Harlan Coben so searchingly explores in this novel.

Run away grips. The author has sculpted a humbling monument to the power—and agony—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 strained my heart. Days lat
Meredith (On Vacation)
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 thr
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
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Run Away by Haran Coben is a 2019 Grand Central Publication.

Enjoyable, but not up to Coben’s usual standards-

Simon Greene’s daughter, Paige, is on the run. She’s addicted to drugs and under the influence of her abusive boyfriend, Aaron. Her family has done everything humanly possible to help her, but they’ve finally accepted that there is nothing more they can do until Paige is ready to get clean.

But, on the sly, Simon, continues to search for his daughter. Following up on a tip, Simon spots Pa
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Christina - Recipe & a Read
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5, it's taken me forever to write this review but welcome to my favorites shelf stars!!!

Review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

Simon Greene knows the worst thing that can happen to a parent is being unable to save their child from personal demons. He knows this on a visceral, personal and heart breakingly painful level. His first child, the girl who made him a father, Paige fell into an abusive relationship with an older man and is now addicted to drugs. Simon and his wife worked tirelessly
Larry H
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 fav
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
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
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
Peter (on hiatus)
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!
Paula K (on hiatus)
DNF...lots of high ratings out there...this one for me wasn’t as good as usual and I do like Coben...didn’t like the plot line and decided to give up and move on to one of the other five or six books I’m reading right now...

2 out of 5 stars
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book, good story, a few unexpected twists, including the wrap up. Typical Harlan Coben - I think one of his better ones that I’ve read. Always a quickly paced read for me, which I also appreciate.
Diane S ☔
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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

Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harlan Coben bundles everything imaginable into this backpack of a read. Every zipper compartment, hidden pockets, and snapped enclosures are filled to the brim.

Unpacking it and laying it all out is an adventure in itself.

Simon Greene comes face-to-face with reality. His daughter, his precious child, is a hardcore junkie. He and his wife, Ingrid, have fought the good fight. They've given Paige every chance under the sun to stay clean, but to no avail. But every young woman he sees from the corn
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
O. M. G. Holy cow! This was his best book.

I listened to 3 discs and almost gave up, sort of lost after a good start. The headlines, text messages, YouTube comments etc, didn't make sense on audio. So I switched to reading instead and wow, what a difference.
Author told a complex mystery. Clues were given and they nagged you while you read, but didn't completely realize until much too late when it's revealed. Wanted to hit my head with the book... A GOLDEN ENDING!!
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
When I see a new book out by Harlan Coben I get very excited, and I have to have it. His books are kind of like the excitement I feel when buying a new pair of shoes. I have to have them, but I want to save them for just the right time, and often I ended up admiring them and not wearing them. Well, I have been admiring Run Away since it was released and waiting for that perfect time to read it. Well, it came, and I finally dived into it. I have to say I can't believe I waited so long!

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
Debbie Oliphant
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Harlan Coben is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading storytellers. His suspense novels are published in forty-five languages and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries with seventy-five million books in print worldwide.

His books have earned the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, and many have been developed into Netflix Original Drama seri

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