16988205Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Run to Me was by far the best, most exciting, edge of your seat book that I have read in quite some time. I just couldn’t put it down and blew through the pages like hurricane winds.

Shyler O’Neil’s son is killed during a robbery and she retreats to her parent’s secluded cabin in the woods after no one believes that they were actually assaulted–not the police, not her family, and not even her husband. She is confused, depressed and does everything she can to avoid contact with anyone she doesn’t  absolutely have to communicate with.

Zack Ballinger is a ten year old boy in an abusive home with two other foster children, Reese and Corey, and it falls to Zack to take care of the younger boys. One afternoon, Zack wanders into an abandoned warehouse unaware that the boys had followed him until later that evening. Zack was at the wrong place at the wrong time and never realized it. Suddenly two people – Vanessa and Nolan – impersonating Child Protective Services officers show up at the door and take the boys away from their abusive foster parents. Reese and Corey are thrilled to have been rescued and are looking forward to the new life that Vanessa promises them. Zack has reservations and never fully trusts them and when he finds out that the two are truly not CPS and want something from him, he convinces the younger boys to make a run for it.

Circumstances separate the boys and Zack winds up at Shyler’s cabin. In her depressed and confused mental state she thinks that Zack is her own son, Jesse. Eventually, Vanessa and Nolan catch up with Zack and the race is on to get away from the “bad guys”.

Run To Me is intense, exciting and very dramatic. This is not the type of book you would want to take on vacation as you would find yourself reading the book instead of going out to do things. In fact, the only negative thing I can say for Run To Me is the disappointment I felt when I realized that this was Diane Hester’s first book and I couldn’t find other books she had written to read. I will definitely be watching the bookshelves in anticipation of her next story.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Random House Australia. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.