Run Away by Harlan CobenYouve lost your daughter.
Shes addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And shes made it clear that she doesnt want to be found.
Then, quite by chance, you see her busking in New Yorks Central Park.
But shes not the girl you remember. This woman is wasted, frightened and clearly in trouble.
You dont stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.
And you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Where criminal gangs rule, where drugs are the main currency, and murder is commonplace.
Now its your life on the line. And nowhere and no one is safe.
Running away: Leila's story
The road tale is one of the oldest genres of stories there are, going at least as far back as The Odyssey. Here are some of the best:. Jim Thompson was the best crime writer of the first half of the 20 th century hush, this is my list , and the dark and twisted road novel The Getaway is one of his best. These stories of life on the run are all about the relationship between the people doing the running, and the complex relationship between crook Doc McCoy and his just-as-crooked wife Carol is one of the richest relationships of the genre. And the ending in Mexico, the impossible Kingdom of El Rey, proves that you can never truly run away from anything. It features cascading guitars, monkey calls, and the languorous French back and forth of Gainsbourgh and Bardot. The story they tell is familiar, one of two gun-crossed lovers on the run who wind up choosing death over being separated.
My body went limp and dropped to the floor. My mind was a blur of memories. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I fought to allow myself to collapse. I blinked as the tears continued to stream down my cheeks. I refused to believe what I've just heard.
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Almost two years ago, a young man stopped on a sidewalk at the South Street Seaport and attached a sign to a pole with duct tape. I listened to stories about the other three times she ran away for short periods, and I read a medical report describing her anger and impulse control issues and the medicine she took to manage them, which she left behind. Their goal was not recognition, but the attraction of strangers. Generous men only. Joannie returned home in May after having been gone a month, and at first said little about her time away. But prosecutors in the Bronx received a tip that started an investigation, and eventually Joannie opened up about that dark time.
After an abuse-filled upbringing, I left home for good at thirteen, legally emancipated myself from my mother, and finally took control of my own life. I pretended as if I were going to school. I walked to Palms Jr. High, where I was in the eighth grade, then waited five beats before turning around and going home. Packed my bags.
Jill Hucklesby is an award-winning author for young teens. Her new novel, If I Could Fly, is a book about running away and finding your way home, even if home is a place to be feared. The narrator, Calypso Summer, discovers herself, true friendship and some uncomfortable truths about her world in the process. No surprises, then, that nearly all of my top 10 'running away' books have been made into movies! My favourite book. I first read it at 15, studied it at 20 and go back to it every few years.