First of all, if you love twisty, intense psychological thrillers, you must read Run Away! It was definitely out of my reading comfort zone and while I had a few personal issues with it, I’m glad I read it.
The opening is straight up fantastic- it’s descriptive, intense, and filled with suspense. I could feel Kayla’s distress, see the blood-drenched carpet, feel her anxiety at being questions by Thai police. It definitely grabbed my attention.
I loved the structure of the book with alternating past and present chapters. They go from Kayla currently in England to her experiences three months earlier in Thailand. It kept me turning the pages, always on a cliffhanger. I’m not sure I would say that I connected with any of the characters, but Kayla and her friends had a good dynamic and I liked the diversity of the group.
One surprise is that the language was not Americanized at all, it’s very British (the author is from England). I liked the added authenticity but didn’t expect it for some reason! I was also surprised at how crass the language was at parts, in a rather descriptive way. There was also heavy mention of suicide, drugs, sex, attempted rape, and debilitating illnesses- it was very NA and not my usual cup of tea. However, Laura Salters is such a brilliant writer that it made me want to figure out how the mystery was going to unfold because let me tell you, I had NO idea how it all fit together. And I always love that. I absolutely raced through the last 25% of the book.
In a nutshell: If you are a fan of mysteries, psychological thrillers, world travel (Thailand in particular), twists, and heavy themes/elements, you will really enjoy Run Away! And just throwing it out there: people named Oliver are the worst (see also: The OC).
“Ignorance is bliss…until there’s blood involved.”
Drenched in blood and sitting in the sweltering interview room of a Thai police station, Kayla Finch knows that Sam, the love of her life, is dead. It doesn’t matter that there’s no body. All that blood can mean only one thing.
It isn’t the first time Kayla’s had blood on her hands. After finding her brother dead by his own hand, she tried to outrun her grief by escaping to Thailand. Heartbroken, the last thing she expected was to find love on the smoggy streets of Bangkok. But everyone Kayla loves seems to wind up dead.
Returning home to England, Kayla is left with a barely-functioning family, a string of gruesome nightmares, and the niggling feeling that nothing is as it seems. And as she confronts her brother’s suicide, she starts to suspect that something is very wrong.
Three months. Two tragedies. One connection: there’s more to both cases than anyone is willing to admit. And Kayla’s determined to uncover the truth…no matter what the cost.