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- Print Length: 385 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 17, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2020
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TYBQJBM
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Brilliantly executed...might be the best book Harlan Coben has ever written. For such a master storyteller, that's a high bar indeed but one Coben effortlessly crests...[Run Away] features an effortlessness and fluidity that define everything great storytelling should be. A fantastic read and early contender for the best thriller of 2019."―Providence Sunday Journal
"A thriller laced with plot twists and bombshells."―USA Today (praise for Run Away)
"A twisty, edge-of-your-seat thriller...to say more would ruin the sheer genius of...an absolutely brilliant, taut thriller that begs to be read in one sitting."―Library Journal (starred review, praise for Run Away)
"Harlan Coben is a master at taking what seems to be an ordinary family and exposing the facade and secrets that are buried just below the surface. With Run Away, his writing and storytelling are firing on all cylinders."―Associated Press (praise for Run Away) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I really liked a lot of the characters in this book but it just didn’t have a good enough story. The novel is from the POV of Wilde, the man with the mysterious path found in the woods as a boy or Hester, the famous criminal defense attorney, and Coben uses brilliantly to showcase her role in his last book Run Away. If you’re wondering about the case mentioned at the beginning and end of the book that’s where to find out what happened with the punch that went viral. Both characters are sympathetic and interesting but unfortunately they just weren’t enough to make this novel interesting when so much of the story is overshadowed by the political element. Again this novel is not really about Naomi or Wilde’s attempt to find her. For that reason it was a disappointment and not at all what I was expecting or would have wanted to read.
In other words this is the kind of book I love. The characters have actual personalities - believable ones. No one is perfect, but they are believable. Some of the people do good things, for good reasons - with bad results, sort of. Does that give you an idea of what this book is like? It's about well meaning, fallible people. There are bad people too - except they are maybe more weak than bad. One thing for certain - the author understands human nature and used it to create a compelling, interesting and educational story.
There are multiple threads in this story, but no loose ends when the book is finished. Definitely a good read.
The storyline is actually very interesting. The main characters are a man who as a boy, was left in the woods by someone, a 70 yr old criminal attorney who knows just the right questions to ask, a politician who will do anything to get elected, two teenagers and an ultra rich couple.
A teenager goes missing. The there’s another ... the storyline proceeds with drama, suspense, the usual twists and turns and would have ended on a great note if one didn’t have the read the chapter “three weeks later.” I know you’ll read it even if I say not to. But it wrecks the whole book. If it weren’t on my iPad, I would have torn out that chapter or just simply stomped on the book, tore the whole thing up and set it on fire.
The ending is stupid, nonsensical and ridiculous. It doesn’t even belong in the story. Mr. Harlan Coben, you are much better than this!
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The story centres around Wilde, who got his name because he was found living alone in the woods. No one knows where he came from and he doesn't know his own name. He is found at the back of a property owned by Hester, the other main character. She is a criminal lawyer. Fast forward over the years, the mystery around Wilde has never been solved and he still spends a lot of his time living off grid in the woods. Hester and Wilde team up to try and track down a teenage girl who has gone missing. Some of the story is a little too dragged out, but some of it is classic Harlan. Fast paced, keeps you guessing, builds lots of strands together.
I liked the book, but it isn't one of his best.
Now I have been a Coben fan for very many years. Before Kindle, before Netflix, before the french film where some American guy stood on the railway station in the background waving for long time. (Yes I am very old) In the day when Harlan Coben had a website where you could email him and he would answer, yes actually he himself (!), I read and reread the novels of Myron and Win. (This was before he started writing the stand alone novels which I also love obviously.) I love these novels and their world. They are twisty, sarcastic, funny, but caring too. So when Mr Coben writes new novels and places them in that world I am delighted. Even if Myron and Win don't actually make an appearance the fact that Hester Crimstein is one of the main characters and we are given more information about her and her life is pleasing, especially the oblique use of "articulate", and her reference to a friend who was a basketball player. It's like Wilde could walk past Big Cyndi or Esperanza in the street - six degrees of separation.
While I recommend this book to everyone as a brilliant read, and you don't need to have read anything else by this author to enjoy it, if you haven't why not read some of his other books? There isn't a bad one so take your pick.
I am now left waiting for the next one to come out which I know will be a long wait...
I loved catching up with Hester Crimstein, she’s such a strong character, a great independent woman and one who you can follow through a number of Coben’s books. This was another great action book with some great twists and turns.
The plot is fairly simple, a troubled teenage girl disappears, turns out she is playing along with a game in order to try and gain popularity at school where she is bullied relentlessly, from a troubled home she doesn’t gain any traction when she is discovered, hiding in her basement at home! Shortly after she disappears again, along with the richest, most popular boy in school… a secret romance, maybe they have run away together. It can’t be easy for the popular kid to fall for the misfit but all is not what it seems.
Through many plots twists and turns Coben writes like no other in his crusade to deliver an exceptional book with many threads and storylines throughout this is a quick and thrilling read that you really shouldn’t miss!
I'll always wonder where he came from, and how he explores the future. Damn, I'll wait a year for a wishful sequel Harlan.
Harlan has managed to introduce a character every bit as interesting as Myron and Win. I could easily see the protagonist in a movie.
Along with Wilde, we also get a fascinating look into Hester Crimstein's life which is marvelous!
The fact that Hester refers to the protagonist from Harlan's last book as well as Myron and Win, made me enjoy this book even more.
If you're looking for a fantastic crime thriller then I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.