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Our favorite moments from Run Away

Simon’s eyes stayed locked on the panhandling girl
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Most addicts … had a tale to tell
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We can’t bring her back
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Someone had punched his little girl
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Publisher's Summary

A perfect family is shattered when their daughter goes missing in this "brilliantly executed" New York Times best-selling thriller from a "master storyteller" (Providence Sunday Journal).

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.

©2019 Harlan Coben. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Harlen Coben

About the Author

New Jersey native Harlan Coben is the author of more than 30 novels including the #1 New York Times best sellers Fool Me Once, The Stranger, Missing You, Six Years, Stay Close, and Hold Tight, as well as the Myron Bolitar series. With over 70 million books in print worldwide, his books are published in 43 languages around the globe.

Harlan is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award—and the first author to win all three. His critically-acclaimed novels have been described as ingenious (New York Times), poignant and insightful (Los Angeles Times), consistently entertaining (Houston Chronicle), and superb (Chicago Tribune).

Many of his novels have been turned into films and television series, both in the US and Europe. They include No Second Chance, Just One Look, and Tell No One (Ne Le Dis a Personne), the latter of which won the Lumière Award for Best Film and was nominated for nine Cesar Awards, winning four. He created and developed two more series for Netflix—Safe and Harlan Coben’s The Five—with a third, The Stranger, in production. Among the awards he’s won are the Vermeil Medal of Honor for contributions to culture and society, the Premio de Novela Negra RBA in Spain, the Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle in France, and the Crime Writers’ Association/ITV3 Bestseller Dagger award for favorite crime novelist in England. Other distinctions include his 2013 induction into the Little League Baseball Hall of Excellence and his membership in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, from his playing days at Amherst College.

Steven Weber

About the Performer

Steven Weber is a native New Yorker who started acting in TV commercials when he was still in elementary school. His breakthrough role came in 1990 as the goofy younger brother and pilot on the NBC sitcom, Wings. Among the notable roles he’s played on stage, television, and film: a cheating boyfriend in the movie, Single White Female, accountant and aspiring producer Leo Bloom in The Producers on Broadway, and an edgy network exec on Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. But it was his portrayal of a depressed-turned-homicidal writer in the miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining that garnered him a Best Actor Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Steven has narrated a number of Harlan Coben audiobooks, including Home, Long Lost, Tell No One, and Don’t Let Go. AudioFile praised his fast-paced performance in the latter, calling him an exceptional narrator….Weber’s pleasant, fluid reading becomes more dramatic as the action intensifies. His portrayal of Nap is endearing and witty as he expresses heartbreak, stubbornness, and a desire for revenge.

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It's a nail biter!!!!

Harlan Coben takes everyday people and turns them into super humans that will take the chances and go above and beyond for the people they love.
This book deals with so many issues. The number one is how much can your love and responsibilities be tested? Can you still trust when trust is broken? The family portrayed is so dysfunctional. But what comes through is their devotion to each other. In the beginning you don't see it so much. When the protagonist Simon Greene finally finds his missing daughter panhandling in Central Park she wants nothing to do with him. She's strung out on drugs and her equally strung out and abusive boyfriend intervenes to keep him away. But then the boyfriend turns up murdered.
There is another plot going on simultaneously and the connection is not clear in the beginning. The two come together is a crazy twisted climax.
But wait !
The story doesn't end there... The real kick is in the epilogue... Wow! Some secrets should never see the light of day.
This is an Excellent, fast paced thriller that builds momentum the further into the story it gets.
Steven Weber's narration is perfect for this book.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Phenomenal

Typical Coben brilliance. My only regret is that I listened to the entire thing in one day.

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not quite ....

.... what i was expecting. i love Coben's writing but this one fell short for me. i forced myself to keep going - it did get more interesting near the end but still wasn't as good as previous suspense novels of his. i'll still buy his next novel though - i haven't fallen off the fan wagon completely.

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Disappointing

I am less and less happy with his stand-alone books. (The Myron Bolitar series is amazing.) But I find that when authors are great, they start to get unquestionably great reviews. This book was just "phoned in." Wildly farfetched plot, predictable characters, boring side plots. Steven Weber narration saved it, I almost returned it!

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Convoluted

I usually really enjoy Harlan Cohen’s books, and this one was ok, but it seemed very convoluted and complicated. All the random details came together at the very end, so it made sense, but the story still seemed a bit unnecessarily complicated.
I love Stephen Weber as the narrator and I’ll continue to listen to Harlan Coben. This just wasn’t my favorite.

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Do Not Waste a Credit

This is the first time I have written a negative review on a Harlan Coben book but this was a ridiculous story. The plot was out of control and the characters except for Elena and Cornelius were unlikeable. Simon was totally self serving and a huge whiner.

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EQUIVALENT OF A BAD B MOVIE

The story started out with an okay flow but once the "plot" and/or story line started to become clear it was a huge eye roll of old themes, ridiculous and unbelievable twists. I regret the credit and the time I invested in this mess that gets really messy at the end trying to explain things.

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Another great Harlan Coben book

This was another great read by Harlan Coben with excellent audible narration. I must admit that I miss the Myron Bolitar books and wish he would write another one of those as I really miss those characters! That being said, this is a good book and it definitely kept my interests as almost all of his books do- he is one of my favorite writers. I could've done without the negative reflections about religion.I am so over authors putting politically correct bias against Christianity in their work- ie comparing it to Greek mythology etc. That aside, this is definitely a book worth reading/ listening too!

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Too Outlandish.

I had stayed away for Coben for awhile, and now I once again know why. While the concept of opiates infecting every family is real, the story itself is just too preposterous. His wife in a coma for weeks without a serious head wound for weeks after a gunshot? From what? Why? At some points, the story should be linear and believable on some level. All good fiction is. No more for me.

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How far would you go to save your child?

Ok, so the beginning of the story follows two seemingly unconnected story lines and they came together pretty slowly. I found myself feeling much more invested in the storyline of Paige's father and so the interspersed narrative of the second story line initially felt tedious and mildly frustrating but not enough so to ruin the book overall. I knew it was leading up to interconnecting the two story lines but I did feel the book took it's sweet time to get there.

There are plenty of characters to like and root for in this story but likewise, there are plenty to loathe as well. I found myself well entertained but not quite enough to garner that elusive 5th star I'm very stingy about and reserve only for those books that I dread having to pause to participate in real life. I do recommend the book with a few cautions. There are heavy themes of violence, drug addiction, and cults. So, just enter knowing your tolerance for such themes. I didn't feel that descriptions of the unsavory aspects of the story were gratuitous and they were skillfully applied as a device to keep momentum and support the plot.

The story centers around the disappearance of Paige, a drug-addicted woman who goes missing after her boyfriend is murdered. Paige's dad is a suspect in the murder of the boy but he is only focused on finding his daughter. He and his wife embark on an effort to locate her and take some risks in their effort to find her that result in more bad stuff. Now, I hate when a lazy author makes otherwise smart people do stupid things to coax a plot line so I am relieved to say that given the circumstances, I didn't find the action Paiges' parents take as too frustratingly stupid and far fetched. The story is metered out skillfully to maintain momentum and an intricate plot unfolds that I admit was clever. I didn't have a huge jaw drap ah-hah moment as the truth reveals itself but it was well planned and executed so I give it an overall thumbs up.

This is my first Harlan Coben book so I don't have any helpful comparisons to his other works to offer. But if you enjoyed Gone Girl, I suspect you would enjoy this book as well. The plot twists aren't quite as impactful as I recall from Gone Girl but the writing is good and the plot is clever. I say it's well worth a credit.



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