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The Escape

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,114 ratings  ·  179 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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Sarah Elizabeth
(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 al
Jen Ryland
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
Liz Barnsley
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the mystery element of this one although I worked it out quite early. It was a good and fast paced read, without anything madly special about it. Engaging and enjoyable if you like a good murder/psychological thriller that sits on the cusp of YA to Adult.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Suspense & thrillers have 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 th
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. ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 06, 2015 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 nowhere t
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
Hannah (jellicoereads)
Jun 18, 2015 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
Jul 23, 2015 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
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the book after TWISTED and since it was the one chosen for our March BOTM in our psychological thriller group and I really enjoyed reading it I thought I would go ahead and read this one as well...And boy am I glad I did because it was the ESCAPE I was looking for...I was surprised at how things went in this one but I'm sure that once you start reading you won't want to ESCAPE or will you....Happy Reading ...more
Luna Rose Corbicello
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Avery is the daughter of the chief of police, and she knows a thing or two about detective work. When two of her sort of friends go missing, one is found dead and the other alive, she decides it’s time to put those skills to work.

Fletcher survived a killer, and his best friend Adam didn’t, but memories are coming back in bits and nothing is enough to find out what really happened.

This is a murder mystery filled with twists and turns, keeping you guessing the whole time! Wonderful book!
Chapter by Chapter
Jun 18, 2015 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
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Written by Hannah Jayne
2015; Sourcebooks Fire (256 Pages)
Genre: young adult, suspense, mystery, fiction, standalone


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 read the synopsis. I was intrigued th
May 15, 2015 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
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 15, 2015 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 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
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, this book is about 2 boys who go into the woods, and 1 comes back alive. So as the other one who didn't, his body is found, and the one who was alive went thru a few problems. The boys best friend happens to be Avery, who is the daughter of the Chief of Police, and of course Avery is trying to be another Nancy Drew. This is a young book for ages 13-17...Not for the older folks, but it sure was a good read, and a different twist at the end. ...more
Jordan Garcia
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Anna (bibliophiles_bookstagram)
Predictable with a capital P.
Shane Duffy
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the beginning of the story, Adam and Fletcher are on a walk in the woods until no one hears from them in hours. There is a search team out in the woods looking for the two boys but they only find one. The body that they find is Fletcher’s and the one who found it was Avery, but Fletcher doesn’t know what happened to him and Adam nor where Adam is. In the middle of the story, Avery is with Fletcher most of the time trying to help gain his memory from what happened in the woods. They soon find ...more
Jennifer Mangler
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, mystery-thriller
This is a fast, suspenseful read, but in the end I was a bit disappointed by this book. The ending is super rushed. There are several threads introduced that beg to be followed up on, but they're just left hanging. I wish the book was just a bit longer so that Jayne could wrap up those threads. It would have made the book more satisfying. Most of all, though, I'm troubled by the author's treatment of schizophrenia. To introduce that at the end but not to fully deal with it is irresponsible. ...more
Breelynn Leary
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book The Escape is mainly about four main characters. Fletcher is known as the weird kid, Adam is the football quarterback, Avery is the chief's daughter, and chief templeton works with the police.

This book is mainly about when Fletcher and Adam went on a hike and never came back. It states, "But when day turns into night and neither boy returns home, their town is thrown into turmoil." The search teams and Avery were looking all over for these two boys in the woods, when Avery all a sudden
Lochlan B
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 Star
Jul 16, 2015 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
May 24, 2015 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
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Jun 05, 2015 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
Jun 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well, obviously, this author likes to write about things the MC can't remember and then they do. I thought The Escape was going to be different but it is as lame as The Dare. I'm going to have to remember the author's name so I don't pick another book by her.

So Fletcher and Adam go into the woods (as it seems to be woods in every YA town setting) and only one comes back alive. Fletcher is badly hurt and can't remember anything.

The entire book is about Fletcher having glimpses of what happened th
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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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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