Title: The Escape
Author: C.L. Taylor
Publisher: Avon Books
“Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”
When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.
The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.
What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.
No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.
Having read The Missing, also by C.L. Taylor, I had high hopes for The Escape – and it didn’t disappoint!
The storyline moves quickly and with plenty of suspense and is great at keeping you guessing on who is trustworthy and who isn’t. I really like books that make you doubt the main character’s reliability, and there were a good few points when this happened. In fact most of the characters in this book seem quite unreliable and this adds to the strange, uneasy feeling that I sometimes got when reading it! Sometimes you wonder if what she’s saying CAN be explained away easily as just a coincidence, or more innocent than it seems – then the next minute you completely believe her again!
I didn’t really like the main character, Jo, but I was still rooting for her. It’s quite a talented writer that can create a character that isn’t perfect or even particularly likable, but still make you care about what happens to her – and this was the case in The Escape. Jo is quite irritating at times and sometimes I wanted to scream at her to do things differently, but still I read on completely absorbed in the story. I wanted to see everything turn out OK for her and Elise, but wasn’t at all sure it would!
The storyline jumps between various narrators – mainly Jo and her husband Max, but also seems to include snippets of someone else who may be the person to blame for all of this… or maybe not? I really enjoyed this book. The Escape is a fun (…at times a little creepy), fast-paced thriller which kept me hooked until the end.
Many thanks to Avon Books and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.