Run Away by Harlan Coben [publication day review] @HarlanCoben

Run Away - Harlan Coben

Title: Run Away
Author: Harlan Coben
Publisher: Cornerstone

[Synopsis]

A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.

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 edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.

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

She runs.

And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

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[My Review]

Wow – this book is seriously addictive. I raced through it in no time – it’s the perfect mix of action, family drama and mystery, with a likable protagonist, Simon, who’s desperately trying to find his daughter – and ends up embroiled in something way bigger…

This packs a punch from the first page. We follow Simon as he’s forced to explore not only the murky underworld of drug dealers, but secrets which are far more messed up, as he tries to piece together where she is and what really happened to her abusive drug-pushing boyfriend. I don’t want to give too much away but this strikes the perfect balance between having loads of going on whilst still being believable. The premise of this novel is pretty believable (and I’m sure parents can relate to it even more, thinking about if this was their daughter) plus Simon isn’t some crazy action guy, he’s just a desperate parent (who, admittedly, can definitely hold his own), so it feels a lot more relatable.

I didn’t expect anything less from Harlan Coben, but I was still surprised just how absorbing and fun a read this is! Highly recommended.

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Cornerstone for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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