Simon is trying to find his heroin-addicted daughter, Paige. When he finds her, she is high and busking for change in Central Park. When he tries to talk to her, she runs away. Her boyfriend Aaron steps in to prevent Simon from catching her leading Simon to punch him in the face. The story goes viral and Simon is arrested. Thus begins Run Away, the convoluted latest thriller by Harlan Coben.
There is a lot of plot in here. I don’t want to describe it because the surprising twists are the best part of this thriller. Take my word for it, if you like twisty thrillers, you will enjoy Run Away. I took away one star because I figured out the climatic twist chapters before it appeared. 4 stars!
Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted in Mystery & Thrillers Tagged with: drug abuse, Mar 19 2019
Timely look at teen issues.
This is the story of Genesis, who was left at an abortion clinic by her boyfriend, Peter. The novel also includes many other current teen topics like drug abuse, religion, pre-marital sex, suicide, mental health, alcoholic binges, and deciding on a career. It is a lot to cram into 350 pages. I wish the author had picked one or two to delve into deeper as it seemed like some topics were dealt with too swiftly.
I really liked the story structure. Each chapter was entitled with an aftercare instruction that matched the actions within the chapter. Every couple of chapters a script between Genesis and Peter would flashback to different events in their relationship.
The characters were very genuine and they showed different perspectives of the same event. The plot was good though, as is typical with books marketed as Young Adult, the ending wasn’t much of a surprise.
This would be a good book for an older teen. It is a combination of a family drama and romance.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that did not impact my review.
Posted in Romance, Teen & Young Adult Tagged with: abortion, drug abuse, High school, teen