Run Away is his latest stand alone, and it grabbed me and kept me coming back until I regretfully reached the last page. It begins with Simon sitting on a bench in a park in Manhattan. Simon is a successful businessman with a beautiful wife, Ingrid, and three children whom he adores. Their life was perfect. Why then do we come to find out that the drug addled panhandler with sunken cheeks and matted hair is Paige, his eldest daughter. How could she have gotten involved with an older druggie, left college and the life she had to end up here?
We watch as Simon tries to bring her home and watches as she runs away. We see his altercation with the abusive man who is destroying his daughter's life, and we know this will lead to no good. How far will a father go to save his child, and at what expense? Soon his life and his family are on the line, and Simon is navigating a world that he never knew existed.
Coben’s descriptive writing makes the reader see, feel, smell, and taste the scenes that he portrays in this thriller. No parent can read this without feeling the pain that Simon and Ingrid are feeling. I anxiously await this author’s books each year and savor them until the last page.
Publisher - Grand Central Publishing
Date of Publication - March 19, 2019