The Run Away by Claire Wong
About the Book: Shortly before her eighteenth birthday, Rhiannon Morgan runs away from the remote Welsh village of Llandymna. Camping out in Dyrys Woods, she starts to make a new life for herself and she finds space for her active imagination to run wild. Weaving together the stories she loves and memories of her past, including the mother she lost thirteen years ago. Back in the village, Rhiannon’s disappearance triggers a series of events that uncovers the cracks in Llandymna’s quiet surface. Quick-tempered Callum finds himself reluctantly drawn into search parties, while a young police officer is forced to investigate his neighbours, and the village’s elderly story-teller hints at a secret that the older generation have kept for decades…
About the Author: Claire Wong is originally from Wales and now lives in Yorkshire in northeastern England. She studied classics at Oxford University. She was awarded the Owen Sheers Poetry Prize in 2005 and the Laurie Magnus Poetry Prize in 2006. Claire works in charity communications, where she daily has the privilege of sharing uplifting stories through press releases, newsletters, and articles.
My Thoughts: I was given this book to review by the publisher and it is for sure a Young Adult novel but that isn’t necessary a bad thing. I love the idea of Rhiannon running away to the woods because it seems so plausible especially considering her age. I love the characters and the story line as a whole but some of it just isn’t plausible and doesn’t fit together well. It was a fun read just without a whole bunch of deeper substance.