Run Away by Alex Johnson @oxfordnovelist #bookreview

Run AwayRun Away by Alex Johnson

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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11 thoughts on “Run Away by Alex Johnson @oxfordnovelist #bookreview

  1. It’s a shame that some people actually struggle with many anger issues within their family. I think I’d have to get as far away as possible.
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  2. It wasn’t my intention to write a novel about people with anger issues so I find it interesting that Rosie interpreted in this way. I wanted to show how my main characters, Julie and daughter Lisa, were deeply affected by divorce -experiencing bewilderrment, sorrow, grief – but also how they dealt with it. Ultimately, it’s a story about love and I hope that’s what shines through.
    As an author it’s fascinating to hear how others interpret your work, so thank you!


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