Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Escape by C.L. Taylor Book Review


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, Elsie.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social serivces and even Jo's own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elsie is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep your child safe - RUN.


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 by a variety of literary and women's magazines.

In 2014, The Bookseller named C.L. Taylor as one of the year's Bestselling Adult Fiction Debut Authors for The Accident. The Lie and The Missing were Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers in paperback, and both boots hit the #1 spot on the Kindle bestseller list. She has sold 1 million books to date.


C L Taylor is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. With each book she produces another gripping page turner and she always leaves me excited to read her next one.

In The Escape, Jo is approached one afternoon by a stranger who asks her for a lift. Jo is hesitant and keen to get away, but how can she say no to this woman who says she is a neighbour. Reluctantly Jo offers her a lift but things suddenly take a swift, twisted turn. The woman threatens Jo and her daughter, Elsie, Jo has no idea who this woman is but she knows Jo’s husband and says that he has something that she wants him to return to her. And it isn’t over there for Jo, things soon go from bad to worse and Jo is forced to take a dangerous leap in taking her daughter across the sea to her childhood town in Ireland.

The Escape is a fast paced, hard hitting page turner. At the heart of the novel is Jo's marriage to Max. What is really going on in their world, who are we to believe? The last few chapters of this book really had me on tenterhooks, it took a direction that I completely wasn't expecting. I don't think I'll be forgetting about this one for a long while.

I don't want to talk anymore about the plot here as I do not want to spoil this for other readers, but if you love an edge on your seat thriller, you'll love The Escape!  

C L Taylor has created another masterpiece with this one, it certainly didn't take me long to finish it. Thank you to Helena Sheffield at Avon Books for sending me a copy to review. 

Publisher: Avon

Publication date: 23rd March 2017

Print length: 432 pages

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