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Escape by Barbara Delinsky
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Aug 04, 12

Read on August 04, 2012

** spoiler alert ** All right. Although this book started out promisingly, it got more and more tedious by the page, and then more and more ludicrous by the chapter. It starts off being about a woman who runs away from her New York life to try to reconnect with her inner self, but ends up including wild love-making sessions in the woods, long-winded obsessions about coyotes, arson, hostage-taking, SWAT teams and her husband getting shot. Of course there was paragraph after paragraph about coyotes howling and their significance, and then pages and pages of discussions between Emily and her husband James about what they wanted in life, which would be fine except that it was so realistic that it became tedious, much like how one would feel when one is stuck in the private conversations/arguments between a real-life couple - at first it's intriguing and slightly voyeuristic, then you lose interest and really, really want to be somewhere else. I found my eyes glazing over and I skimmed past paragraphs, because I couldn't be BOTHERED to read more of the same drivel. I kept thinking how I would rate this book when I was reading it (never a good sign, when you're not totally absorbed in the story, but actually looking forward to posting about it on goodreads). The rating started at a promising 4-star, but very steadily dropped to a 1-star or below. I started swearing to myself when some new fiasco showed up in the pages. The character of Jude, as well as Emily's father were incredibly annoying because they are so pig-headedly male, but Emily never gave them the shouting-at that they so richly deserve. I wanted to poke my eyes out, but then again, perhaps it's because I know men like that in real life. The book is too serious to be a chicklit book; its attempt at being a crime thriller is too weak; its philosophical musings about the meaning of life too contrived - the book tries to be too many things at once and succeeds at nothing. This book, like Jude, was so promising, but turned out to be a major disappointment.
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