Run Away

Run Away

Book - 2019
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You've lost your daughter. She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. 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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Grand Central Publishing, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781538748466
Characteristics: 371 pages ;,24 cm.

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MillieBT
Sep 16, 2019

It dragged abit but the last few chapters riveting!!!!!!

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Eil_1
Sep 15, 2019

As a Harlan Coben fan, I found this book to be convoluted (?) and often found myself thinking where is the essence of the plot going? Secrets abound and the main characters become buried in senseless violence to what real end, I thought. This is one Coben book that I would not recommend - the first one that I nixed.

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reader2011
Aug 22, 2019

As one of my favorite authors, I enjoyed reading Run Away. It held my interest throughout. He does an excellent job of bringing his characters to life. His writing style keeps the reader glued.

The reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the disappointing ending; it presented as though Corben wasn't quite how to end the story.

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BobbyeBooks
Aug 18, 2019

Well done Mr. Coben. You're back in the saddle again!!!
Fast quick and insightful. I have a feeling that you might
have a clue as to how to get America out of this drug
haze!!!

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0007548100dmw
Jul 28, 2019

Very good book. As a big fan of Coben's, I have enjoyed all of his books. This was a fast read as I wanted to see what was coming next.
It is always interesting to see other reviews and the huge difference of opinions. Guess that is why there are so many authors writing such diffent books....someting for everyone!

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Slippert17
Jun 03, 2019

I think this was his best book yet! Loved the ending!

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Feasel
May 17, 2019

I was totally disappointed in this book. The story line sounded good to me until I began reading and it became so ridiculous and totally without morals. What a waste of time to read this book. I have always enjoyed Mr. Cohen's novels but this onw ,in my opinion was terrible!

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LoveChild60
May 16, 2019

I dont care what any1 says about this book, I LOVED it. I wont go off on a soapbox about what happens when parents DONT care. I enjoyed Cornelius as well as Simon and Ingrid. A great read and 5 stars! Happy Reading!

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DM_kcls
May 11, 2019

As a great fan of Harlen Coben's, I am disappointed in 'Run Away'.

The story did not know where it wanted to go, so instead it plods along with unexpected, yet unresolved twists and turns. Is it a story about a father searching for his addicted daughter? Ostensibly, yes.
Is it about the secrets of the mother?
Ostensibly, yes.
Is it about drug addiction and adoption and adoptive parents and genetics and cults and horrible, awful people and sexual abuse and people being killed seemingly at random?
Yes, all of the above, which made the story far too far-fetched with no likeable characters, except maybe Cornelius.

But again, for me, too much is left unresolved. We don't know what happens to many of the peripheral characters who were given much ink or why their awful narrative was included.

I was also put off by the ugly rants against mainstream religions, especially Christianity, and the scorn against those who show their love for America:

"The profile avatars of his 'supporters' had either eagles or American flags on them. 'Terrific," Simon said. "The psychos are on my side."

I do understand the purpose of the Christianity bashing was to explain the why of a particular characters beliefs in her 'religion', but that did not make it any more palatable. I can find no reason to bash those who love our country and proudly show it with her symbols. None.

The most compelling narrative that struck me, was not what compelled other reviewers, 'What would I do for my child?', but rather the fathers soul searching and agonizing as to what HE did that put his child in the predicament she's in. What little, unremarkable instance caused the course of her life to change so dramatically?

'Run Away' will keep you reading on, but I have never found Harlen Coben to be so obtuse, so wandering in any of his other 32 books that I've read.

Only 2 stars because 'Run Away' had great potential but was not tightly written and is less riveting because of it.

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lupodog
Apr 13, 2019

I also found it had a slow start but keep reading, don't give up, it is a great story.

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