Review: Run Away by Harlan Coben


Release date: March 19, 2019

Publisher: Grand Central

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


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. 


It’s no secret that I’m HC’s biggest fan, I swear to God I would read his grocery list and would be mesmerized by it, so to say that this was easily my most anticipated read of 2019 is an understatement. I seriously can’t explain how over the moon excited I get right as I’m about to begin one of his books and this one grabbed me by the shirt within one chapter and kept me in a chokehold until the end.

I’m not even going to touch the plot details here because it’s beyond twisty and went in SO many unexpected directions. The blurb is intriguing enough and just barely scratches the surface for what’s to come. I will say that this is so addictive that it should come with a warning label stating that you shouldn’t start late at night thinking you’ll just read “one chapter” to “get a feel for the story” because next thing you know it’s 2 in the morning and your Kindle smacks you in the face because you’re so tired but this book is just too damn good. Ask me how I know 🤪

As if I wasn’t already super into this one Coben throws in a couple of cameos from characters from his previous books that make me squeal like a kid, it’s such an unforeseen treat! This one has it all, memorable characters that are larger than life, a harrowing plot, twists so intense they need to invent a new word for a HC twist and an emotional component that will especially shatter you if you’re a parent. It’s a must read!!

Run Away in three words: Remarkable, Absorbing and Jaw-dropping

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

6 thoughts on “Review: Run Away by Harlan Coben

  1. marysreadallaboutit says:

    You can’t be his biggest fan because I am :). I work at a library, and we have a display of books we recommend. I was just teasing a fellow co-worker because he always puts a Harlan Coben book on my display. I told him I do read other authors, too. Before days of Kindle when I had to take physical books to travel and wanted to be sure I liked what I was carrying, I used to always keep the next Myron Bolitar books ready for my airplane travels because I knew that I would have one that I would like. I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I definitely will.

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