Run Away by Harlan Coben (Book Summary)

Simon and Ingrid have 3 children: Anya, Sam and Paige. The oldest, Paige, is a drug addict and has ran away with her boyfriend, Aaron. Simon and Ingrid stopped looking for Paige since she was already hopeless.

Simon was informed that Paige has been playing in the park, so he went there and so Paige. She is very thin, and when Simon approached her, Aaron appeared and took Paige away from him. Out of anger for what he has done to Paige, Simon punch Aaron. Someone took a video and uploaded it online, most of the people who saw it hated Simon for bullying a homeless man.

Months later, Aaron was murdered in an apartment he shared with Paige. Paige is nowhere to be seen. Simon became a suspect because he has a motive to hurt Aaron.

Simon and Ingrid went to visit the apartment. They met the apartment owner, Cornelius, and he told them about Paige. He also told them about Rocco, a drug dealer. Rocco may know where Paige went. When they went there, Ingrid was shot by Luther. Simon was not shot because Cornelius shot Luther. Ingrid stayed in coma.

While Ingrid was in coma, Simon looked for Paige. While looking for her, he met Elena. She was checking out Aaron’s apartment whole Simon and Cornelius talked. Elena and Simon agreed to cooperate.

Elena is looking for a man named Henry Thorpe. She was hired by Henry’s father. Henry has been missing for days already. Elena asked Simon to attend Aaron’s funeral to get information. From there, Simon discovered that Aaron is adopted, which is something in common with Henry. Henry was also adopted.

Elena kept on investigating. She tracked the orphanage and also had the name of the woman who process the adoption. She was getting close. Aside from Aaron and Henry, there were also other male victims. All victims are adopted, and all of them are male. They were killed differently. Elena was getting close. She received a call from Alison’s roommate, wanting to meet her and tell her the truth about the adoption. The woman Elena met with asked her to get inside the car, and deposit her gun and phone. When they arrived to their destination, the woman killed Elena.

That woman’s name is Dee dee, and her partner in crime is Ash. Ash was just hired while Dee Dee belongs to a cult. The cult initiated the killings. The victims were all siblings. The leader of the cult is dying, and they have decided to kill these men because they have discovered their connection. They have entered their DNA to a website, and discovered that they are siblings. The cult is afraid to be discovered, so they decided to kill them. Paige doesn’t fit in the picture because the siblings are all men, but she also entered her DNA to the genetics website – no one knows why.

Simon received a call from Cornelius telling him that Rocco wants to meet since he has information on where Paige went. They requested for Simon to bring enough money. Simon texted Elena with an update on where he is going, not knowing that she is already dead and it is Ash and Dee Dee who are sending replies. Ash and Dee Dee realized that Simon is already getting close and they have to kill him too.

When Simon met with Rocco, he told him that someone saw Paige ride a bus. The other big information will be told by Luther. However, when Simon entered the building, Ash and Dee Dee saw him and they decided to kill them all. Before Luther could tell him the information about Paige, Ash and Dee Dee started shooting. Rocco and Luther died. Ash died. Simon and Cornelius survived by the help of a cult member who appeared and pushed Dee Dee off the building. Dee Dee got into coma with a very low chance of waking up. The cult member who pushed Dee Dee revealed to Simon that she is against the killings. She also got pregnant by the cult leader and when he told her that her baby has no place in the cult, she agreed to let him go.

The baby got adopted. Years later they both found each other through the genetic website, but she declined her son’s request to meet. She was happy that her son was having a great life, but she felt like she could not tolerate the cult killing these men, including her own son.

The killings have been solved. The murders of Henry Thorpe, Aaron and the other men have been linked to the cult, performed by Ash and Dee Dee.

Paige is still missing. Even after the case has been solved, there’s still nothing that links to Paige.

However, one day she found Paige inside Ingrid’s room. She is still in coma but showing progress. Paige exclaimed that she is in a rehab for a month, and they are not allowed to use mobile phones. She was only granted this day to go out because this is an emergency. Paige is one month clean.

After a few months, Paige got out of rehab and went home to her family.


Here’s the truth about what happened to Paige: 

During one of the frat parties, Paige got sexually assaulted. Paige was interested into genetics, she wanted to pursue it. She entered her DNA into a website and found out that he has a brother, his name is Aaron. She travelled to see him, and got close to him. (Everyone thought that he is her boyfriend, only Simon knew that he is not. He figured it out himself.) Paige told Aaron about being sexually assaulted, so Aaron has beaten the guy. (It is this guy that made Simon realized that Aaron is not Paige’s boyfriend. The guy claims that Aaron called Paige as ‘his little sister’ while beating him up.)

As for Aaron’s death, the truth is Ash and Dee Dee didn’t kill him. Aaron once beat up Paige so badly, and Paige thought she could no longer tolerate it. But it wasn’t Paige who killed Aaron, it was Ingrid. Paige called Ingrid, told her what happened. She didn’t expect that Ingrid would kill Aaron. After Aaron’s murder, Ingrid sent Paige to rehab. The reason why Ingrid still looked for Paige is (maybe) because she checked with the rehab center and Paige still hasn’t arrived. The reason why Luther shot Ingrid first instead of Aaron and claims it as self defense was because he saw that it was Ingrid who killed Aaron.

Since Aaron and Paige are siblings, that means that Ingrid killed her own son. Ingrid used to be a cult member and got pregnant by the leader. When Ingrid gave birth, she was informed that it was a stillbirth. Ingrid was sent to rehab, the same one where Paige was sent to.

Simon decided not to tell Ingrid that Aaron is her son. This will be the last secret he keeps from her.

The End of Run Away by Harlan Coben.

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Eva Harmoni

There was one night when the rain poured so hard, and i didn't want it to stop. Weird, because i was afraid and amused by the sound of the rain and thunder. The sound of it made me less alone that night. The next day i woke up to find my collection of journals soaked. I keep it near the window to make sure no one could read it. The writings can still be read but i was devastated by the damage. I wanted it preserved but i don't want it published. Still amused by the rain but afraid of the wrath it could bring to my journals, i created this blog.

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