My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Run Away is a contemporary family relationships book which deals with the aftermath of a marriage break-up and the fall out of those involved. Julie Whiting is a freelance journalist and struggles to get over the betrayal of her husband leaving her for a younger woman and moving to Australia. Her anger has consumed her life and her relationship with her daughter.
Lisa is 18 and desperate to get away from the fighting with her Mum. She heads off travelling with the sole intention of getting to Australia and facing the father whom abandoned her. Upon arriving in Melbourne, Lisa finds that her Dad has a new family and one her older estranged brother is also aware of as he now lives here too. But the welcome from her Dad’s new wife isn’t very warm.
Back at home in England, alone, Julie picks up an invite to attend a perfume launch in Paris and meets Frenchman Olivier Chabot whom she falls in love with.
This story reflects much of our everyday lives, where families are fuelled by anger, resentment, regret and errors which multiply into more hurt. I did find the characters hard to relate to because of all their anger issues.
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