Simon Greene is desperate to find his daughter Paige, who has dropped out of college, is addicted to drugs, and on the run with her user boyfriend, Aaron. Acting on a tip, Simon sees her in Central Park and is sure he can save her. But Paige runs and Simon may never catch up.
Harlan Coben’s latest action thriller looks at a seemingly normal family with highly successful parents and smart children as they struggle with one daughter’s addiction. How right it had all seemed when Paige went off to college! Now the future is anything but bright.
Before long, Simon and his wife, Ingrid are deep into trouble and surrounded by highly dangerous people. Murder, conspiracies, family secrets, paid assassins and a cult cloud and threaten their search for Paige and before long, Simon is packing a weapon.
I enjoyed this fast-paced story, with a plot that’s hard to explain without spoilers. Coben gives the reader a view of a happy marriage that comes close to crumbling and a family that, like many families, isn’t what it seems. As in the two other Coben books I’ve read, I like the author’s references to New Jersey and New York, an area where I grew up.
Run Away is entertaining, but the reader will need to accept several far-fetched plot developments. I was okay with them, but did not feel the story was as good as the other Coben books I’ve read (see below). Despite this comment, I would recommend Run Away to readers looking for a fast-paced, not-too-deep summer read and, since summer has just begun, the timing is right!
Looking for other Harlan Coben books? Try Caught , Tell No One, Fool Me Once, and Don’t Let Go.
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27 thoughts on “Book Review: Run Away by Harlan Coben”
I have had contact with families destroyed by children who become addicted to drugs, Barbara. So sad. An excellent review.
Thanks, Robbie. This book falls into the category of serious subject with a lighter feel, probably because of the slightly unbelievable plot developments. As a parent of college aged kids, it’s something you never want to experience, though. Thanks for reading.
I haven’t liked Coben in recent times. Hence I stayed away from this book. Lovely review 😍
Hi Shalini. I didn’t think it was as good as the two others I read. But good for a summer read – it went fast! Thanks for reading and commenting.
I agree, a nice read for the summer certainly but all in all not as good as earlier books by him. 😊
Hi Sarah – yes. Do you have a favorite Harlan Coben book? Besides this, I’ve only read Caught and Tell No One. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂
I think Don’t Let Go was my favorite so far. 🙂
Hi Sarah! I will look for that one – thanks!
You’re welcome! 😀
I’ve always enjoyed Coben’s books. I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks for the review, Barbara!
Hi Jill, my loyal blog reader 😉 He writes a good story – I meant to mention in my review, and without revealing the plot, that this book confirms my decision not to use my thumbprint for my phone passcode! Thanks for the visit!
Sounds like a typical Coben book, and like you, I enjoy his books for their escapism, their insight into “what isn’t what it seems,” the setting in NJ, and how Coben makes his characters REAL people. I’ll add this one to my list.
Hi Pam! We are like-minded! I always just go along for the ride with books like this – I never try to figure them out ahead of time. That would spoil the enjoyment for me. Thanks for reading and commenting!
My husband is addicted to this author – maybe I should try reading one of his books?
Harlan Coben is a smart and clever writer – I especially like his books because they often mention towns and places I grew up around. I’ve only read 3 of his and liked the others a little better than this one. But this was entertaining. Thanks for the visit, Noelle!
I’m such a Coben fan, especially his Bolitar series. Nice review, Barbara!
Thanks, Teri. I have enjoyed his books – this one had a wild plot, though!
Thanks for the review. I wasn’t familiar with Coben at all. Maybe I’ll pick up one of the earlier books.
Another blogger said “Don’t Let Go” is her favorite. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Thank you…I usually enjoy his books. Hopefully this one, while not up to the others will still be enjoyable..:)
I liked it – just not as good as the others I’ve read. Thanks for the visit, George!
I’m looking forward to reading Run Away. I love H.C.’s novels, 6 years and Missing You, are my favourites.
I’ll have to look for those, Luccia. HC gets North Jersey for sure. Thanks!
I agree this was good, but not my favorite Coben book. He was definitely fun to see on book tour, though!
I bet that was fun!
Thanks for the review; I’m a huge fan of Coben, especially his Myron Bolitar series.
He’s a clever writer – thanks for stopping by!
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