Run Away by Harlan Coben and meeting the man himself

Title: Run Away (B&N Exclusive Edition), Author: Harlan Coben Run Away. Finished 3-30-19, 4.5/5, thriller, 367 pages, pub. 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, 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.    from Goodreads

Harlan Coben is always a treat.  One of only a few authors who have gotten me to read all of their books.  I love the Myron Bolitar series best, but some of his standalones, like this one, stand out to me too.  What parent can’t relate in some way to the horror (or fear) of losing a child to the street and drugs?  As always, Coben always seems to have his hand on the pulse of what’s happening in current affairs.

I am not going to give away anything but the ending, lol.   The ending, while twisty, bothered me in so many ways.  These ways have nothing to do with his writing, but with my own feelings.  Jason just finished it and didn’t have the same reaction and he liked the cult storyline.   Have you read it?  Did that last twist affect your view of the whole book?

IMG_0282Harlan came to town and my mom and I went to the filled 600 seat stage that our central library has for the big time authors.  The event was happening on the first weekend of March Madness so it’s a real testament to his appeal that he was able to get so many men to come hear him speak.  As much as Jason loved him he told me it would be okay if I wanted to take my mother, haha.  So, I left him in peace and took my mom.  This is my second Harlan meeting, the first being in Houston about a dozen years ago.  He is always a witty delight.




5 thoughts on “Run Away by Harlan Coben and meeting the man himself

  1. Kay says:

    Oh, how fun!! You know I would love that and I would have volunteered to go with you in a hot minute! Glad you and your Mom had a good time. I’ve not ever seen Mr. Coben, but never say never. One day maybe. I’ve also not read this new book, but it’s on my list and I’ll get to it at some point.

  2. Lloyd Russell says:

    I completely agree with you about Coben himself. I have seen him a couple of times. And, once, I got to go to a private party at a bookstore prior to him addressing the crowd. He’s a hoot and very close to a stand-up comedian. I didn’t like this as much as some of his other books. But I still liked it quite a bit. Fool Me Once is my favorite standalone. I also loved the Myron Bolitar series. And he is one of the few authors that I will read all of his books (it doesn’t hurt that I automatically get his ARC each year!).

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

  3. Mary says:

    Can’t believe I haven’t read Coben. I think I have one of his books on the shelf though. The event sounded great! Maybe I’ll look for Lloyd’s favorite stand-alone Fool Me Once. Thanks for sharing!

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