Thursday 1 June 2017

C.L.Taylor - The Escape || Review

'Grabs you by the metaphorical throat right from the start and doesn't let up until the end.' Heat "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. The Sunday Times bestseller returns with her biggest and best book yet.

Having read all the other C.L.Taylor books i cannot beileve the release of this one bypassed me so easily, especially when i knew it was been written.
However despite been late to the party doesnt mean i didnt attend and boy am i glad i did. This book was fantastic. It reminded me alot of some of the Kat Croft books i have read, and i remember thinking very early on this has a familiar feel to it. However, the narrative was full of drama and tension and boy in a league of its own.

When one afternoon a woman asks Jo for a lift home, and bascially clambers in her car without even giving her chance to answer, then proceeds to route around her car and threaten her daughter, Jos life is about to change. When she tells her husband, and he doesnt really beileve it - it really does seem like Jo is alone. All Jo wants to do is protect her daughter but thats hard when no one can see she needs protecting, and everyone is turning against her.

This book was dark and disturbing, and you are never really sure who is telling the truth and what is actually happening, Is Jo really as she seems? Taylor has a way of creating drama that really is almost a little freaky because could you imagine if it actually happened? The narrative flows at a very fast and it all seems to build mighty quickly. I remeber thinking as a read it, this is break neck speed - and thats not a complaint. 

I felt like i never really knew the characters, and those that had charmed me, were not as they seemed. I felt like i didnt know where i sat, but thats not a bad thing, i just tired to follow my gut. I really think that this was a great read that was disturbing, page turning and one of the best so far by Taylor.


Author Info
Taylor was born in Worcester and obtained her degree in Psychology from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle-on-Tyne. After graduating, she moved to London for two years and then spent 13 years in Brighton, where she began to write. She worked as a graphic designer, web developer, and instructional designer. She now lives in Bristol, with her partner and their son, and writes full-time. Taylor is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Crime Writers' Association.

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