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TITLE: THE ESCAPE
PUBLICATION DATE: MARCH 23 rd, 2017
“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 his 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.
I’m excited to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for #TheEscape 🏃🏻🏃🏻
It’s been so HARD to keep this to myself as I read the book a little while ago and have been saving my review for the tour! So I hope that you enjoy it! Thankyou so much to Netgalley and to the publisher for allowing me Access to the book.
I had heard so much about this about this book and I did begin to start wondering if it would be to able live up to all the hype that was doing the rounds on social media? I hadn’t read any of the Authors previous titles, so I had no idea. But having now read The Escape, C.L Taylor is now well and truly on my radar!! WHY?
Because she is A very talented writer who tells a story that will keep you riveted from the very first page until the last. This is a very tense read, and there a nail- biting, edge of your seat sense of urgency and panick throughout, so the pace is relentless! I felt the action driven story hurtled forward and was so engaging it carried me along with it as I held my breath in anticipation. I do enjoy the heart pounding adrenaline rush this type of storyline can give you so this really was right up my street.
Our Protagonist Jo is the narrator but we have to wonder if her perspective on the events that unfold are reliable?- We know she has suffered the emotional trauma of losing her son, she suffers from agoraphobia and anxiety and so you can’t help but question the situation. Is our protagonist Jo being paranoid? Or does the stranger who asked for a lift and knew so much about her life, claiming her husband owes her, pose a real threat to her and her daughter? I even began to surmise that it could all be a symptom of her phobia and anxiety that and it was making her think things that weren’t real, playing tricks with her mind or distorting the truth!
The author plotted this book brilliantly- you spend the first half wondering what the Hecky thump is going on and gradually as the author ties up all the threads this gives way to realisation and you start to understand, but initially I couldn’t quite grasp whether there was a threat, who posed it and why, or was Jo simply losing her mind and the ‘danger’ just her perception, the a manifestation of a stressed mind and a symptom of Jo’s deep seated anxieties…The read is fast paced, full of twists and oh.my.god moments… Throughout we watch as Jo struggles to keep her daughter safe, with everyone around her suspicious that Jo is mentally unstable , despite my initial hesitancy to trust her perception I started to feel horrified every time something happened that made Jo seem an incompetent mother, it felt like she was being set up – but why? And by whom? But just when your rooting for Jo, empathising with the nightmare she has found herself in, as it has to be every mothers nightmare!! But then Cleverly, Taylor words things in such a way that Jo’s explanations and suspicions seem a little far fetched and unbelievable and then you start to doubt Jos’ sanity all over again .
As a mother I found her her desperation to provide stability and a safe environment for her young daughter completely understandable , so her distress at times was harrowing – she feels that she is constantly under threat, perceived or otherwise it feels alarmingly real to her and she is frightened and desperate to keep her daughter safe AND convince her husband, the authorities ( social workers, the police and her GP) that she is a fit mother. She really is up against it! I can only describe The Escape as a bit of a head f😊😊k, but in a good way. I kept thinking something awful is going on and this poor woman can’t trust anyone, she is going to lose her daughter if she can’t figure out what’s going on or she is completely delusional and is in need of help! You think you know what is happening, then Taylor makes you doubt everything and really analyze things – all this made my heart pound even faster!
What makes it even more compelling is that at times you feel torn and I in turn empathized with Jo but also with her husband, Max- when you see it from both sides of the story, you understand how they are feeling and why? Jo feels betrayed that Max went to file for custody basically citing Jo as an unfit mother but in his eyes he is worried sick, Jo appears unstable and paranoid, having suffered post natal depression and having lost their son, he is concerned that she is not mentally well enough to cope. Or is he?
I love it when stressful, crazy situations happen to seemingly Normal everyday people, who have up until then lead very uneventful lives and then BOOM- all hell breaks loose. Secrets start to unravel, trust breaks down, paranoia sets in and the past is brought under scrutiny- things are then shown never to have been quite what they seemed. The central premise to The Escape will leave you wondering- Who can you really trust in life?
The Escape for me was Perfect, exactly what I look for in a book, it had all the components of an excellent read and it really was more than that ! I love a thriller and this was thrilling with a capital T… But be warned YOU.WILL.NOT.WANT.TO.PUT.THIS.DOWN!!
So clear your schedule and just read, read, read… 📖👓📖
Did The Escape live up to its hype?
Yes. Yes, YES!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼
As an avid reader of this genre, this is a standout read, a clever, gripping storyline, well written, perfectly executed plot by a VERY talented writer …
( courtesy of Amazon)
C.L Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and have been published in a variety of literary and women’s magazines. C.L Taylor was voted as one of the bestselling Adukt Fiction Debut Authors in 2014 in The Bestseller.