The Escape by C L Taylor


Published: 23rd March 2017


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 no one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.


Thank you to Avon for kindly sending me a review copy.

The exciting plot opens with a superb chapter; our main character Jo is in a hurry on her way to collect her daughter from nursery but there’s somebody following her. Before readers can blink, the two women are face to face in Jo’s car and let’s just say, freaked out is an understatement as this stranger talks about Jo’s husband and child, almost as if she knows them. Within the next few chapters, things don’t go well for Jo: she panics constantly, she forgets to care for her daughter, she takes her Dad’s medication, she’s been arrested and her marriage is clutching at straws. Can things get much worse?

“I saw you, Jo. I watched as you slept, flat on your back, your hands folded on your stomach like a corpse.”

As well as reading from Jo’s point of view, readers are also given another point of view and I believed it to be Paula’s for quite some time but in actual fact, I don’t think it was. The blackmail turned out to be quite subtle at first with the odd forgetfulness here and there, but things escalated rather quickly and before we know it, Jo is on a ferry to Ireland with her daughter. It’s when she arrives that she meets Mary, a B&B owner who readers also hear from – she’s widowed from both her husband and her two year old daughter but what exactly is her story?

“…they bought it because people believe what they want to believe. There was no way I was going to mention Paula.”

The exciting narrative comes to an end on a beach in Ireland, surrounding Jo, her daughter, Mary and another person (no spoilers). I was quite shocked who the other person was but with C L Taylor planting so many brilliant clues along the way, I’m not surprised that I thought it was someone else. By the end of the book, I was gutted that it was all over because I was hooked from the opening page to the last line of the epilogue. It was a truly brilliant mystery read and I can’t wait to see what else Cally will write next.


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