Holy Cow! “Run Away” is a fantastic, fast-paced and fun thriller to dig into.
Successful power-couple Simon and Ingrid Greene have given their daughter Paige an ultimatum. She is no longer welcome to live in their home until she seeks treatment for drug-addiction and ends her relationship with Aaron, her much older abusive boyfriend and drug dealer. Six months go by, and Simon hires a private investigator and learns Paige has been playing the guitar and singing for money at a nearby park.
Moments after connecting with Paige, the boyfriend interferes and prevents them from even speaking. Naturally, a fight breaks out. Chaos ensues. Aaron is found dead a few days later.
Did Simon kill Aaron? Did Paige kill Aaron and now wants to get sober and come home?
I enjoyed “Run Away” from the first page and particularly appreciated the different topics covered in this novel (DNA-ancestry sites, cults, drug addiction) and how they were handled among an affluent and seemingly-perfect family. Coben’s character development is stellar and the plot is exciting yet thoroughly believable. With so many important issues, it would have been easy to confuse the reader, but he is masterful at telling a good story.
Coben is no stranger to mysteries and thrillers – he’s the #1 New York Times best-selling author who has written thirty-one novels with 70 million in print worldwide and a half dozen have been adapted to film versions. He really is a genius at drawing the reader in quickly and his plot-twists are legendary.
I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of mysteries and thrillers. This is no “slow-burn” story – it quickly moves along and it’s an entertaining read all the way to the end.