Run Away Home


Fiction - Social Issues
273 Pages
Reviewed on 05/10/2024
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Run Away Home: Shattered by Catherine Manett presents an intriguing set of characters and explores family dynamics and social issues. Themes of trauma and the search for identity and meaning resonate through every page. In this riveting sequel to Run Away Home: Tempered, Manett continues to captivate readers with the intertwined stories of Peter, Danny, Hayley, and Kara, as well as the introduction of compelling new characters. Manett skillfully develops the characters’ backgrounds, ethnicities, and environments, weaving together a tapestry of experiences that shape their decisions and relationships. From Peter's struggle with secrets and his rediscovery of his passion for cooking to Danny's ongoing battle with PTSD and search for his identity, each character's journey is nuanced and emotionally resonant.

Peter's attempts to care for Danny while facing his demons, Hayley's challenges as a homeless single mother, and Kara's internal turmoil as she grapples with her role as a parent are strong plot points ingeniously explored in this narrative. The intricacies of these relationships portray the bonds that hold the characters together, bonds that are fragile at times, even as they face betrayal, difficult choices, and unexpected twists. Catherine Manett intelligently balances drama, love, and tension, keeping readers on the edge of their seats with each page turn. From Peter and Danny's heated arguments to Hayley's desperate search for stability, the story is filled with raw emotion and gripping suspense. Run Away Home will keep readers guessing. With its vividly drawn characters, clever storytelling, and exploration of timely social issues, Catherine Manett has crafted a sequel that will leave a lasting impression. The use of text messaging in the book and the multiple POVs augment the realism that makes the story intriguing and the characters believable.