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.
It’s always hard to accurately transfer the depth of feeling you’ve experienced after reading a book into words. Most of the time, it’s just a matter of doing you’re best and hoping it translates into the best review you can possible give to a fantastic book. The Escape by C.L. Taylor is one such book.
The pages of The Escape instill an array of emotions in the reader: surprise, shock, panic, a sense of claustrophobia. A kaleidoscope of small horrors and flinching ordeals in this book also provide an immense desire to discover the outcome, goading you into reading one more page, then another and another until the closed book is sitting on your lap. This book is so, so good. Reverting. I think I read it in a few hours, engrossed as I was.
When Jo Blackmore is asked by a stranger if she will give her a lift home, she says yes, unwittingly opening herself up to a future she could never have foreseen. This woman knows her name, knows where she lives, knows her routines, knows her husband and even more frighteningly, knows her young daughter. And suddenly Jo’s every step is haunted by the fear of this woman and the harm she threatens to bring to her family. Life has taken an unexpected turn. And Jo must find a way to escape.
Jo is a very interesting character. There were times I wanted her to fight back and others I wanted her to run for dear life. Her determination to keep her daughter safe is limitless and for me, her strength as a person grew and grew as the story marched on. I really loved that about her – that she will do anything for her baby, even find a way to face her agoraphobia.
The tension emanating from the first chapter ceaselessly runs through the rest of the book, right up to the last few climatic pages. What a book! Huge applause for C.L. Taylor! This has just taken the top spot from The Missing.
Past-paced. Tense. Reverting.
If you would like to buy The Escape here is the link!
Huge thanks to Wendy over at Little Bookness Lane and Avon Books for my review copy!