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After selling his company for millions, Colby Walker takes his family—and his son’s friend Jess—on vacation, wanting nothing more than to unwind in the sun and surf. But he spots the alarming signs in short order: Jess’s downcast eyes, a familiar passivity, and angry red welts marching across the boy’s bare back. Walker understands what they mean because he’d been that boyAfter selling his company for millions, Colby Walker takes his family—and his son’s friend Jess—on vacation, wanting nothing more than to unwind in the sun and surf. But he spots the alarming signs in short order: Jess’s downcast eyes, a familiar passivity, and angry red welts marching across the boy’s bare back. Walker understands what they mean because he’d been that boy, many years ago.He’d suffered in silence, too.Can Walker stand by and let the torment continue? Does he trust the authorities—the same ones who had failed him in his youth—to take care of Jess? Hell no. With Jess in tow, Walker packs up the minivan and takes his family on the lam, keeping one step ahead of Jess’s cruel father and unhinged ex-con aunt. When the stakes escalate and his headstrong actions put people’s lives in jeopardy, Walker must finally conquer his past before he can save those he loves. He can run no longer....

Title : Running From the Past
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ISBN : 9781505402926
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 348 Pages
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Running From the Past Reviews

  • Shaun
    2019-04-23 13:54

    I should start by saying that I won this book via the author's blog.Here's what workedThe writing is quite smooth and nicely paced with a pleasing use of language. I liked the premise and I thought the protagonist was well done. The topic, child abuse, is a poignant one.Here's what didn't workWhile I think the topic of child abuse is poignant, I felt the portrayal of both the victim and the perpetrator (and his evil sister) were a tad cliché/made for TV 1980s style (although not necessarily a bad thing for all readers). Obviously, stereotypes exist for a reason, but I just felt with such fertile ground the author could have gone so much deeper and brought something new to the discussion.The story (to me) was the best when told through Walker's (the protagonist's) eyes and I wish the author had stayed there. The other POV characters weren't nearly as interesting or as believable.The ending pushed the limits of believability. Sure this is a novel and life is crazy, but (view spoiler)[ having Jess' bleeding father show up at the compound after having been left for dead was just too much(hide spoiler)] left me saying "no, no!"Bottom lineThis was a winner in Amazon Kindle's Scout program, and as a whole it was a decent read despite some of the flaws I noted. The author is a competent writer, and though the story line left me wanting, it is still worth reading particularly if you are a fan of this genre/type of writing and/or enjoy tight and fluid writing that attempts to explore a serious and layered topic.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-10 19:45

    This book will take you on an emotional ride because of the child abuse both Colby Walker and Jess have suffered. I've known of people who have locked their children in the basement, which is horrible, but the abuse these two characters endured goes well beyond that. Colby, however, irritated me in the actions he took. Despite the horrors he experienced as a child, I would have expected him to not take matters into his own hand. I'm glad his wife was a voice of reason and insisting the authorities get involved. As the story winds down, things get even more dramatic, and there's a good twist at the end.

  • The Behrg
    2019-05-20 16:49

    A well executed thriller about a family on vacation who learns their son's friend, who is with them, is being physically abused at home. Orloff tackles a weighty subject matter by filleting it open without holding back, and with the father of the family himself having come from an abusive home, it adds another dimension to the "what should we do?" adage. This is one of those thrillers where you're constantly questioning what is the right choice, discovering perhaps that there might not be one. My first read of Orloffs. Won't be my last.

  • Terry Parrish
    2019-05-08 15:43

    I thought this was a sad book. Not all, but the subject is. Of course, it happens all the time. Just turn on the news. Child abuse is a big problem in the world. And so is greed. If you read the story, you'll know what I mean. Just a shame that those type of people won't read this book or get help. Interesting characters, though. And they do keep the story moving along.

  • Jan
    2019-04-21 11:52

    Excellent characters and plot! I couldn't put it down!

  • Lynn Farris
    2019-05-19 12:02

    “Running from the Past” by Alan Orloff was a Kindle Scout Winner selected for publication on November 26, 2014. He was nominated for the 2010 Agatha Award under the category of Best First Novel for his book “Diamonds for the Dead” which also made my list of Best Books for Book Clubs in 2012. I have also reviewed and loved his book, “Deadly Campaign.” All three books deal with father relationships, which he explores masterfully.As “Running from the Past” opens, we read a terrifying account of a young boy being punished by being locked in a dark cellar. We quickly fast forward to the present where that father, Colby Walker is now taking his children on a trip to the beach. The family has brought along his son’s friend, Jess, to join them. Colby spots welts across Jess’s back. He flashes back to his own past and knows he can’t allow the abuse to continue or trust Child Protective Services to handle the issue. They failed him when he was a child.So Colby kidnaps Jess and starts running to protect him. But the cost to his family is extremely high. Is his loyalty to Jess, greater than his loyalty to his own family?To read the rest of the review see:

  • Hart Johnson
    2019-05-07 19:12

    I thought the language and pacing of this were excellent. A family goes on vacation, taking the son's young friend, and soon learns that Jess does not have permission to be there, but he is being abused at home, so they also don't want to take him back. The protagonist, also an abuse survivor, is particularly fervent in this decision and the story ends up largely being an escape as the boys father tries again and again to track them down.The thing that holds me from a full five on rating is that Colby Walker, as an abuse survivor, doesn't ring quite true. He is rash in his decisions about Jess, which is understandable, but if he is impacted this largely by his past, it seems there should be other signs of it in his life and person. Instead he has sold his successful business for millions, has an intact (if somewhat neglected because of his work) family. I just think to justify the poor decisions he needs a bit more evidence running through his life.But that is probably the psychologist in me talking. Overall I found the story compelling and it really pulled me along.

  • jada Rende
    2019-05-15 14:59

    MehThere isn't much to say a bout this book, other than it wasn't very original and the plot twists seemed a little too far out. Out of the last 5 books I've read during the past 2 weeks, I've been disappointed by all of them, and I'm not generally picky reader. The plots have all been mediocre and the characters unlikeable (except for Jess in this book, and I think that's only because I felt sorry for him). Usually when I'm reading a book I'm enjoying, the characters become like temporary friends, and I get a twinge of sadness after I've finished that last page, saying goodbye to all of the personalities (good and bad) that I've spent the last several hours or days with on their harrowing journeys or personal ordeals. Unfortunately, with these last few books, I found myself frequently checking how much further I had to plod along until I reached the ending. Here's to hoping the next book will be a winner! The last really good book I read was A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash.

  • Maggie
    2019-04-19 17:46

    Colby Walker’s family vacation and his personal rededication to being a dad to his teens goes horribly awry. His son’s friend Jess tags along on their trip without getting his parents’ permission. Colby tries to make things right, and things go from bad to worse. To top it off, the business with Jess dredges up painful memories for Colby, memories of his childhood that he’d just a-soon forget.Troubles domino through the family, contrasting sharply between the worlds of the haves and the have nots. Miscommunications, sibling rivalries, child abuse, problem-solving abilities, and more confront this family as they respond to each other and to outside forces.Orloff’s story brings home the truth of human behavior and challenges the reader to wonder which force is stronger, nature or nurture. In other words, are we products of our childhood, or can we overcome a bad start to life?I read the book in one sitting and was pleasantly surprised by the twist at the end.Maggie Toussaint / Rigel Carson as Muddy Rose Reviews

  • Irene Adam
    2019-05-18 12:09

    In this book the author writes about the very painful and difficult subject of child abuse. He handles the subject with a great deal of care and sensitivity. The author very accurately portrays the different reactions of a wife and mother who hasn’t experienced abuse and the husband and father who experienced abuse as a child in very much the same manner as their son’s friend. The author also makes us very aware of the fears and thought processes of someone who has been abused and how they prefer handling difficult situations without asking for help from others or the proper authorities. The physical, emotional, and psychological pain from child abuse affects a person throughout their entire adult life. I highly recommend this book as one that everyone should read.

  • Jennifer Skutelsky
    2019-05-16 19:59

    Alan Orloff tackles a tough, heart wrenching issue with a deceptively light touch. His prose reads and flows easily, but there's a tense undercurrent beneath the sun and surf that pulls the reader into darker, more dangerous waters. The characters and voices are real, and material that we might otherwise flinch from is handled with care and sensitivity that never descends into sensationalism. I was left wondering what I would do in each of the character's shoes.