Kimber Leigh Reads

I read and review mostly YA and New Adult any genre within. My favorite's usually have a good romance element.

Run Away by Laura Salters

Run Away - Laura Salters

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Run Away was definitely a wild ride. This new adult mystery was addicting and almost impossible to put down once started. I didn't see the twist at the end-- which was refreshing. The story alternated between past and present in a way that I thought would make it disjointed, and yet it just worked so well. Somehow the past and present seem to blend rather seamlessly.

After her brother committed suicide, Kayla headed to Thailand to escape. There she met up with a rather interesting group of individuals, including Sam. The story began with Kayla sitting in a Bangkok police station trying to explain why she was covered in the now missing Sam's blood. When she returned home to England, she tried to cope with her inability to process the two eerily similar events and her own presence at both scenes. The author alternated between past events and Kayla's present struggles, creating a compelling story.

The pacing of the novel was rather fast, though there were some times in the middle that didn't move quite fast enough for my taste. Be prepared for an overall tone of depression-- Kayla was really suffering in her own way. I think the scenes in Thailand were my favorite. The group Kayla traveled with were fun to read about. I liked how the author sprinkled in clues but never too much, which kept me guessing.

This novel is not for the faint of heart. Some of the subject matter was disturbing. Not only that, but the author was quite skilled with macabre descriptions. There were times when I wondered why the author was spending so much time on a certain subject, but by the end, it was all clear. And that ending. Talk about a twist. I'm still rather shocked, and I don't shock easily.