Run Away

Grand Central. Mar. 2019. 384p.ISBN 9781538748466. $29; ebk. ISBN 9781538748480. THRILLER
OrangeReviewStarSimon Greene sits on a bench in New York's Central Park watching a strung-out street performer struggle through each song. It's painful to watch, as the young woman is badly in need of help but will likely not accept it. She is Simon's runaway daughter Paige. This encounter, their first in six months, does not go well. Paige runs off and Simon has a physical altercation with her scumbag junkie boyfriend Aaron, leading to claims that Wall Street is now attacking the homeless. Then Aaron turns up dead. This is only the beginning of a twisty, edge-of-your-seat thriller and events that rapidly begin to spiral out of control. Simon must decide how far he'll go to save his child, plunging into a world ruled by drugs, secrets, missing people, murder, and more. To say more would ruin the sheer genius of a puzzle Coben (Don't Let Go; Home) has crafted. He maintains many threads perfectly, ultimately weaving them in unexpected ways.
VERDICT An absolutely brilliant, taut thriller that begs to be read in one sitting. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]

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