Run Away by Harlan Coben | @HarlanCoben @PenguinUKBooks

Author : Harlan Coben
Title : Run Away
Pages : 384
Publisher : Penguin UK
Publication date : March 21, 2019


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.

And you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Where criminal gangs rule, where drugs are the main currency, and murder is commonplace.

Now it’s your life on the line. And nowhere and no one is safe.


Harlan Coben is one of those authors who slipped off my radar for a couple of years but I’ve been trying to correct that mistake the last few weeks by reading “The Stranger” (soon to be a Netflix series), by watching “Safe” (currently on Netflix and it’s brilliant!), by buying some of his older books and by getting my hands on his latest release, Run Away. (sprayed edges! 😍)

Simon’s eldest daughter is a drug addict and has gone missing. Until one day, Simon spots her busking in Central Park. When he approaches her and begs her to come home, she runs off. Simon’s daughter is nothing like he remembered her. Drugs have wreaked havoc on her body and she’s quite obviously in trouble so what’s a parent to do? Simon will not rest until his daughter is safe but he soon finds himself in a dark and dangerous world. And that’s all I’m saying because it’s really all you need to know and also, I can’t possibly begin to explain.

It’s safe to say this story went in a completely different direction than I was expecting. Alongside the thread that follows Simon, there’s another one whose purpose I couldn’t figure out at all. When the pieces of the puzzle finally started to fit, I was in awe of how masterfully this entire plot came together.

Run Away grabbed me by the throat so fiercely from the very first chapter that I was immediately kicking myself for losing track of Harlan Coben’s work. I’m hard pressed to think of any other author out there who writes this kind of suspenseful thriller, taking a realistic scenario and then completely turning it onto its head. Simon is just your regular parent, not some kind of action hero and I’m sure anyone with children can relate to his situation. Is there anything he could have done differently? Is he to blame for the downward spiral his daughter has found herself in? Is there ever a time when you completely give up on them?

There’s something quite cinematic about the way Harlan Coben writes, in that way that you can see scenes play out right in front of your eyes as if you’re watching them on a screen, and if that doesn’t make for an incredibly immersive reading experience, I don’t know what will. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if this too finds its way onto Netflix some time soon.

Run Away is full of twists and turns, lies and deceit and few things or characters are what they seem. This well paced and cleverly plotted story makes for one addictive page-turner. There is just no way to stop reading once you’ve started. Let that be a warning to you! Above all, it has put Harlan Coben firmly back onto my radar and I will not lose sight of him again.

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  22 comments for “Run Away by Harlan Coben | @HarlanCoben @PenguinUKBooks

  1. April 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Awesome! I need to read this! x

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  2. April 1, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I think I’m a terrible person because I can’t recall any Harlan Coben books I’ve ever read, and clearly I need to fix that because this book sounds SO good!

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  3. Jo
    April 1, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve never read any Harlen Coben, but this sounds like a good place to start! Great review 🙂

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  4. Yvo
    April 1, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I can’t even remember the last time I read one of his books but I’m going to remedy that ASAP… I love the sound of Run Away and it’s definitely one I’ll be reading soon. 😉 Wonderful review! xx

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    • April 2, 2019 at 11:14 am

      Apart from The Stranger, which I read a few weeks ago, I think my last one was about two years ago and I didn’t really enjoy it much. Oops 😂

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      • Yvo
        April 4, 2019 at 7:49 pm

        Way better than me though because it was before I started my blog back in 2012… xD I recently got No Second Chance and I think I have Run Away on my kindle, so I really should remedy this soon. 😉

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  5. April 1, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I’m listening to this in a couple of weeks and now I can’t wait! Great review, Eva💜

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  6. April 1, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I’m awful because I’ve only read one of his books! I loved it (can’t remember the name right now lol). I have watched and loved Safe and The Five on Netflix and thought both were brilliant. So I guess I have a bunch of Coben books to start reading…Wonderful review, Eva!

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    • April 2, 2019 at 11:15 am

      He has apparently signed a multi-year deal with Netflix so there should be plenty more to come. I was too late for The Five, I think, or at least I can’t find it on our Netflix but Safe was fantastic! I can’t wait for The Stranger!


      • April 2, 2019 at 6:25 pm

        Oh, fantastic to hear! I need to read The Stranger before it comes out. I loved Safe but actually liked The Five a bit more so too bad it’s on anymore!


  7. April 2, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Sounds great! I love Coben too but it’s been a while since I read one. Just checked my TBR and one is lingering on there – Don’t Let Go. Must shove it up the priority list! 😀

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    • April 2, 2019 at 11:21 am

      That one was a bit miss for me so I’m very curious to know what you make of it when you get around to reading it!

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  8. April 2, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Great review!
    It was my first book by Coben and i liked it a lot.
    The netflix series was pretty awesome too!

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    • April 2, 2019 at 11:16 am

      Safe was perfect for a Netflix binge-watch as each episode ended on a cliffhanger that just make you want to carry on. Glad you enjoyed this one too, Norrie!

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  9. April 2, 2019 at 9:48 am

    I haven’t read this author yet though I have watched Safe and its super good. I need to catch up with his books. This one sounds so good. Fab review.

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    • April 2, 2019 at 11:19 am

      I need to catch up too but I don’t see that happening. I’ll just be glad he’s on my radar again and try to keep track of his new releases, I think. 😂


  10. April 2, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I haven’t read any of his books for AGES Eva. I found them to be getting a bit “samey?” You’ve certainly intrigued me with this though. Great review! 🤗


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