“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.
I admit I had never read a CL Taylor book before, but The Escape had an intriguing and creepy cover that I couldn’t stop looking at. And that blurb? Mysterious and appealing…
This is one of those books that can easily be read in a sitting (I know I did!): fast-paced, addictive and easy to read. The perfect “escape”, ideal for a relaxing evening after a busy day at work. The genre? Psychological thriller, of course.
Jo Blackmore meets a woman on the street and she asks her for a lift. This woman seems to know who Jo is and claims her husband owes her something. She also threatens to harm their daughter if Jo doesn’t help her. But Jo knows nothing about this woman and her husband assures her he doesn’t know her either. What is going on? And why does she feel she’s being watched? Has someone been at their house?
The novel had two different parts, one more “suspenseful” and the other with a more “adventure” feel. I enjoyed both, although the first one offered a quicker pace and was more traditionally “psychological”. I guess it depends on what you prefer, but this is undoubtedly a fun book worthy of your time. I remember feeling tricked when I realized something I hadn’t even considered as a possibility. Yes, there was a small, clever twist (I wouldn’t say this is a book full of surprises) that caught me by surprise and made me enjoy the story even more.
I can’t say this is a unique read, as it follows the classic psychological thriller path (a woman feeling like she’s losing her mind), but it’s still a cleverly-plotted novel that manages to keep you completely hooked and never lets you go. I admit I was a bit confused by the ending, but I think I might have read too much into it.
ARC, Avon Books, 2017