The Escape by C L Taylor


Synopsis: 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.

Kat’s Rating: 4.5/5

Kat’s Review: I must say that CL Taylor certainly fits the genre Psychological Thriller and this latest one is no different although should you have asked me at the halfway point I may have disagreed. Jo Blackmore is the centre of the story and it becomes apparent pretty quickly that she is struggling with  a number of issues. Agra-phobia, anxiety, a history of depression as well as having to work as well as look after her young daughter Elise. Her husband Max by contrast seems to be the calm to her storm and as an Investigative Journalist it seems he has his work cut out for him. When Jo is on her way home one day by a supposed neighbour who wants a lift she is torn between turning her down flat and just relenting so as not to appear rude. She agrees to give this woman a lift and ‘Paula’ introduces herself. At this point the story takes a turn.

It seems that Paula is not a friendly neighbour but a woman who Jo is certain is out to harm both her and her daughter. The next few chapters explore Jo’s increasing anxiety and paranoia as things continue to spiral. This theme seems to fill the first half of the book, hence my earlier comment. It was certainly gripping as you are trying to work out what is fact and what is fiction in Jo’s head, however it didn’t have that normal edgy psychological feel her books have…until! Yes the second half. This for me was where the author totally takes us back to her normal style where you are slightly edgy while reading just waiting for the worst to happen.

Having now finished the book and loved it, I feel like the first half of the book needed to be written the way it was to make the reader question everything and as such it was a brilliantly well written book. Having said that, I was also slightly irritated with Jo in the first half hence why I knocked off half a star! The second half of the book I read in one straight sitting and refused to put it down. The weird thing is even though the first half found me shaking my head in annoyance in parts this still felt like a book you HAD to read. Now I have finished it and can absolutely recommend this highly. Another fabulous read by the very talented Cally Taylor.

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