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The Escape

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  422 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
When two boys walk into the woods, and one comes out covered in blood, what would you believe?
Fletcher and Adam venture into the woods for an afternoon hike, but when day turns into night and neither boy returns, their town is thrown into turmoil. Avery, the detective's daughter, is the one to find Fletcher—dishelved, disoriented, and covered in blood. He has no memory of
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

“’I’m going to die’.
The thought came to him with a sickening dread.
‘I don’t want to die.’”

This was a pretty good murder/mystery story, and I think the best book I have read by this author.

I felt quite sorry for Fletcher in this book, he had obviously been through something really traumatic, and was lucky to be alive, and to not know what happened to him on top of all
Jul 08, 2015 Jen added it
After being a little disappointed in a prior book by this author, I was hesitant to try this. I ended up liking this overall. The premise and the atmosphere of suspense were very well done, though I thought the character development was a bit thin and the ending a little shaky.

The Escape is YA psychological suspense with a solid set-up: two boys go for a hike in the woods, but only one comes out, badly beaten and with amnesia. The police chief's daughter, Avery, goes to school with the surviving
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Suspense & thrillershave been one of many up and coming genres on my LOVE list. Heart pounding action, nail-biting anticipation and a mystery to unravel - I love it. Good young adult thrillers are few and far in between, and if here is one author that can write a good one - it's Hannah Jayne.

From the very first page - we are thrust into action; having the opening scene the two boys in the woods and the attack. Hannah is an artist at creating
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 20, 2015 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A psychological thriller, a little more than the normal whodunit.

Opening Sentence: “Come on, loser! Adam yelled over his shoulder.”

The Review:

I was grabbed and hauled along for the ride. Two boys go for a hike in the woods, Adam and Fletcher. In less than 24 hours they go missing and a search is organized. Avery is the police chief’s daughter and she is the one who stumbles onto Fletcher. He’s badly beaten and barely alive, but Adam is nowhe
Jul 28, 2015 BookCupid rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
A whodunit with a bad ass female investigator

Avery lived through a traumatic experience when she lost her mom to a drunk driver. Being the chief of police's daughter, also taught her that many of these crimes go unsolved. But when she finds Fletcher, a classmate, covered in blood and his buddy dead, Avery wants to find the killer no matter what. Even if this means becoming a target.

Jayne lead the reader on a wild goose chase by planting several possible suspects. Fletcher's blank memory after
Hannah (fullybookedreviews)
Jun 21, 2015 Hannah (fullybookedreviews) rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary-fic
I was looking forward to an awesome psychological mystery/thriller, but ended up with what can nicely be described as a fail.

Firstly, our MC is the daughter of a police chief, but somehow thinks she can do a better job than him of solving a crime. That’s right. Our 16 year-old is much more equipped to figure out the culprit in a gruesome assault and murder…than an actual trained police officer with years of experience. And pretty much says this to his face. Of course. This trope needs to die alr
Avery was a good character in a good mystery. However, it was a little predictable and felt rushed at the end. I hate stupid protagonists who don't listen to authority figures. Avery did some things smart by talking to her dad, but in the end she succumbed to jumping off a cliff without a parachute.
Bea (Beatrice Learns To Read)
I received a Digital ARC of this book from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.

I can't say that I've read enough Mystery/Thriller books but the premise of these stories are starting to get very common.

The Escape is set in small town where nothing bad ever happens but suddenly disturbed by a mysterious crime. And there is one witness/survivor that suffers from a traumatic amnesia which makes his memory the key to the myst
Max Baker
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

As much as I love psychological thrillers, I'll be the first to admit that out of any other genre, psychological thrillers are one of the most predictable. Ironic, since the whole point of these books is to keep the reader guessing. But, there are so many ageing pill-popping/alcoholic detectives with emotional baggage and twist endings one person can read before they start blending together.

In YA, psychologic
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 15, 2015 Philomena Callan Cheekypee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it, net-galley
I've not read anything by this author before. I really liked this story.

Two boys Adam and Fletcher go hiking in the woods. When they don't come home a search is started to look for them. Avery the detectives daughter finds Fletcher who is badly injured and traumatised. Unfortunately he can't remember what happened.
When Adam is found dead Avery wants to find out who did it.

This was a really great YA psychological mystery. I didn't guess who did it so that's an added bonus for me. I read this p
Holly Saeger
Nov 03, 2015 Holly Saeger rated it liked it
The Escape is a book about two boys who venture into the woods for a hike. After they have been missing for a while, some of the community forms a search and rescue team. The detective’s daughter, Avery happens to find a distressed and wounded Fletcher, one of the boys who went on the hike. Avery is determined to find out what happened to the boys in the woods. I recommend this book is you like a good mystery. Although it wasn’t my favorite book it still kept me reading. There are parts in the ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
I received this e-Arc from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: 7/7/15

I'm actually giving this 3.5 stars only because I think some of the characters could have been developed a little more. In addition to being a solid YA mystery/thriller, The Escape also delves into the topic of mental illness in teens and I thought the author did a good job introducing it into the plot. It's not a subject that's frequently discussed in YA fiction, and I found it's inclu
Chapter by Chapter
Dec 20, 2015 Chapter by Chapter rated it really liked it
The cover for author Hannah Jayne’s The Escape grabbed my attention but the novel’s premise hooked my intrigue. While it did sound like your basic amnesia/murder mystery story, I soon learned that The Escape by author Hannah Jayne was incredibly unique. The Escape was unlike most murder mysteries that I’ve had the opportunity to read. It was exciting and exhilarating and a total ride from start to finish.

In The Escape, Adam and Fletcher go into woods for a hike when they are both attacked. Uncer
Debbie Krenzer
Jul 07, 2015 Debbie Krenzer rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book a lot. I suspected so many people. I just knew it was Det. Blount who did it. Seemed strange he just showed up at the hospital when he wasn't on duty and acted weird when Avery saw him. But, I was wrong. Believe me, that's not a spoiler, there are so many suspects in this book, you don't know who in the heck it could be.

I think the author did a great job and
Jul 16, 2015 Vox rated it liked it
3.5 stars

High school can be a struggle under the most fortuitous of circumstances. For Avery, the struggle is even more intense. Her mother died in a car accident, her father is the Chief of Police, and neither friendships nor social interaction come easily for her.

Avery's awkwardness is ameliorated somewhat by Adam, the gorgeous, popular athlete and star of the school. The two spend a few hours in the library when Avery tutors him, and she feels a true connection with someone. She also feels, f
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Jun 08, 2015 Kirsty-Marie Jones rated it liked it

I officially think I need to step away from thrillers/mysteries for a while, because I think I'm at the point where I've read so many they all seem to be running on the same formula. That's not to say The Escape wasn't good-because it is-but makes it more predictable, which it was, but I'll go more into that in a minute.

The Escape is written in third person and alternates between Avery and Fletcher. I liked Avery, she seems like a realistic teen, she has insecurities, she's a little shy, she do
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
When Adam Marshall and Fletcher Carroll never return from their afternoon hike in the woods, the town of Dan River Falls immediately sends out teams of volunteers to search through the forest for the missing teen boys. Only Fletcher is found alive, severely beaten, disorientated, and traumatized, unable to recall what happened to himself and Adam, no matter how hard he tries to remember. Their small town has never faced such a terrible tragedy. As the police hunt for a dangerous murderer, the pr ...more
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Written by Hannah Jayne
2015, 256 Pages
Genre: young adult, suspense, mystery

(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.)

When I first got my eReader (Kobo Touch) I was crazy with the $.99 deals on book sites, and the first book from Hannah Jayne's paranormal/urban fantasy was one I bought but have yet to read (I am trying to start too many series without finishing a few first). When I saw Jayne's name on the cover of a book on NetGalley I had to re
Jun 01, 2015 Dianne rated it really liked it
What evil lies in wait for anyone daring to go into the woods? What started as a hike in the woods becomes a horrendous bloodbath of death and terror as this psychological thriller strums on every fiber of your senses. The Escape by Hannah Jayne follows the brutal attack of two best friends as a small town detective’s daughter becomes determined to find the answers everyone has been missing. Avery has always followed her father’s rules, but the victims were her friends and something is not addin ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Adele rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, stand-alone
*Originally reviewed over on Adele Is Reading*

I borrowed The Escape by Hannah Jayne from the library a while ago, and sped read this book because it was due it like, 2 days and I couldn’t renew it without actually turning in the book first. Surprisingly, though, even though I meant to speed read it, the story is fast-paced enough that reading this book made me feel like I wasn’t speed reading at all! Which was awesome.

The first few pages was confusing for me. There were two mixed points of view.
Jul 14, 2015 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, arc, my-library
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I love physiological thrillers, and The Escape is just that, but this one wasn’t for me. I knew by the 15% mark who had killed Adam and why. I continued reading with anticipation thinking maybe that I was wrong, I wasn’t but that’s okay! The reason why I didn’t enjoy this book that much wasn’t because I solved the case before it really started, it was because the narration had no flow. The bac
Lauren {The Tattooed Biblio}
This was a nice psychological thriller that I read in about two sittings. Fletcher is the weird kid in school that most people just ignore, Adam is the jock that every adores, and Avery is the smart girl that people just label as the police chief's daughter. Adam is one of Fletcher's only friends and they go on a hike that ends up in tragedy. The day after the hike, Fletcher is found close to death by Avery, while Adam was still missing.

Fletcher tries so hard to remember what exactly happened to
Jul 07, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by Hannah Jayne and I was fairly impressed. I read a lot of mystery novels and I think I am at the point where I need to stop reading them for a while. The storylines are all starting to sound very similar and robotic.

This book is written in third person and has alternating points of view from Aver and Fletcher. In my opinion, Avery seemed very realistic. She appeared to by a typical teenager with insecurities and problems. Although, she wasn't that close with
Oct 13, 2015 Lindsey rated it really liked it
I received a digital copy from Netgally in Exchange for an honest review

This was a fast paced and highly enjoyable book. From the first page to the last page I was sitting on the edge of my seat as I was reading.

With the pace of the book it's a quick and easy read. The chapters are short and easy to follow.

Characters are great. They are developing more and more each page and by the end of the book the readers are left with so much. Avery was my favorite character. She is a character that many
Jul 16, 2015 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! This mystery keeps you on edge the whole time. It's fast paced and once the killer is revealed its a quick ending but it's a thoroughly enjoyable read! Thanks to Netgalley for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Jun 10, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it
Two teenagers go hiking in the forest, but only one comes out. Left for dead, Fletcher is the key to the whole mystery but he can't remember what happened. Soon the small town begins to turn on itself, suspicion and distrust surrounding everyone as the police and Avery try to make sense of what happened.

Two teenagers go hiking in the forest, but only one comes out. Left for dead, Fletcher is the key to the whole mystery but he can't remember what happened. Soon the small town begins to turn on i
Maelyn S
Mar 18, 2016 Maelyn S rated it it was amazing
"The Escape" is a very thrilling, fast paced novel. It always keeps you on the edge of your seat to find out who the killer is. I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and thrillers.
underwhelming but entertaining enough. I called the ending (the reasonable part, anyway) about halfway through.

Worth having for high school fans of thrillers, but not a must have.
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
May 30, 2015 Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale rated it really liked it
the escape kept me on my toes and I never knew what was coming. fantastic read. full review to come
May 11, 2016 Shyla rated it it was amazing

I have never read a book from Hannah Jayne but I'm glad that I decided to! Hannah Jayne, I think, wrote this book with everything she had in her. I especially found this book interesting because I am very close with someone who has the mental disorder of one of the main characters in this book! It is a very disturbing, unsettling, and overall depressing book. "The Escape" will definitely make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Avery Templeton, the police chief's daughter, risks her life
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Hannah is the author of the UNDERWORLD DETECTION AGENCY CHRONICLES from Kensington books and the upcoming young adult thrillers TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY and SEE JANE RUN available from Sourcebooks, Inc. When she's not battling the demons of the Underworld or tackling a murderer at Hawthorne High, Jayne kicks her feet up in her San Francisco bay area home and attempts to share couch space with two enor ...more
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