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The Escape

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  3,585 ratings  ·  473 reviews
The new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Accident, The Lie and The Missing.

"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

Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published March 23rd 2017 by Avon
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C.L. Taylor Yes, the mystery voices were from Max's POV. In one he refers to himself in the third person, something he also does later in the novel as he closes…moreYes, the mystery voices were from Max's POV. In one he refers to himself in the third person, something he also does later in the novel as he closes in on Jo and Elise. (less)

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Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
First novel by C.L Taylor :).

3.5 stars

I was thoroughly engaged from the first until right about the end and then it fell a weeee bit flat for me. I'm getting used to being the outlier with my books 😜.
C.L Taylor definitely knows how to grab the readers but to me this novel was a little predictable with the storyline.

Our main character Jo Blackmore decides to give a stranger a ride in her car but quickly becomes paranoid when this "stranger" named Paula knows everything about Jo and her life (i
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
The Escape starts off as a tense and fast paced psychological thriller. The kind that finds you holding your breath, and experiencing that uncomfortable and almost desperate feeling when you fear that no one believes you. That gets me every time!

I felt this book was in two parts, because the first part felt like a psychological thriller, and I had the suspense of not knowing where it was going, but then the later part of the book felt very different. It was much more predictable and there weren
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every book I have read by this author and this one proved to be yet another on to add to that growing list of successes.
This is a fast paced novel that will grip you early on. Good strong characters and a plot full of suspense.
A psychological thriller that starts when a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift and 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 ye
Louise Wilson
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Jo Blackmore gives a stranger a lift but quickly wishes she hadn't. The stranded knows all about Jo, her name, her husband Max and they also have a glove belonging to her 2 year old daughter Elsie. What begins with a subtle threat, swiftly turns into a night mare for Jo. No one believes Elsie is in danger,

There is plenty of tension in this book. With its well thought out plot and great characters, this is a definite page turner. I found the ending to be a little disappointing and that
Liz Barnsley
I banged through this one. I started it then I growled at it some because it wouldn't let me go then I finished it just like that. Definitively addictive.

SO the main character, Jo, annoyed the mother loving heck out of me. Yes yes she's unwell, horrible experiences but it didn't stop me wanting to slap her. I say this with 100% positivity - I COULD NOT stop reading this until I found out what was what, whether she was fragile or fruit loop and what the blinking heck had her husband been up to an
Rebecca Carter
After loving The Lie by C.L. Taylor a few years ago, I was looking forward to another twisty and addictive read. I wasn't disappointed. The Escape is just as menacing and creepy; with its tense writing and slightly eerie atmosphere, particularly towards the end of the book.

The characters are well developed, although at times i wanted to scream at the lead character. Initially the plot seems pretty straightforward, however the more you read the more the intrigue grows and you realise it's not as
Dash fan
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
10☆ ++ review

The Escape blurb is absolutely bang on!!
It's spine tingling, chilling, thrilling, heart stopping and made my hairs stand on end.
So much so I was totally hooked!! I read all through the night just couldn't put it down.

Never have I read a book that has un nerved me so much so I was frantically reading as I needed to see what happened next.

Utterly genius writing!! Kept me guessing the whole way through giving absolutely nothing away.
I can normally guess twists but with The Escape I did
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Escape is the first book I've read by C.L. Taylor and to be honest was I a bit unsure when I started the book if it would work out for me. Once again we have a woman with psychological problems, in this case, agoraphobia and I've lately felt a bit tiredness towards psychological thrillers with a woman who is mentally unstable as the main characters. So. why do I keep reading them? Well, because I have a lot of them to read.

The Escape for me was a book that I was for a long time unsure if I s
Alan Cotterell
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
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Ms Taylor is back on form in my opinion. When they work and they usually do, her books are masterpieces of physiological thrillers. There have been a couple of hers that didn't quite work for me. But this one did right from the start. I lost track about half way through, but that could have been me not the book. I look forward to reading more or her books.
The Book Review Café
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All my reviews can be found at http://thebookreviewcafe I also have an author interview with C.L. Taylor where we discuss The Escape **No spoilers**

It’s not very often it happens but The Escape by C L Taylor left me with a serious book hangover, I picked up this book thinking I would just read the first couple of chapters, BIG MISTAKE as three hours later I reached the final page in this addictive psychological thriller. There are a huge number of books in this genre so for me the difference bet
Full of suspense, intrigue, fast pace, pageturner, won't let you go until you've read it, no sleep, late night, headache and grumpy in the morning due to being up late. But, you know was worth it.

Jo, the main character in the plot is a wife and mother. But she's had mental health problems since loosing her little baby son.
Does this make Jo a bad mother to her daughter? Can she fulfill her role and duty as a mum and still bring up her child in an atmospheric home with all the grounde
Joanne Robertson
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are some authors who’s books you are on countdown for from the minute you finish their previous book and Cally Taylor is on that list for me! I feel as though I have been waiting for ages for The Escape as I started anticipating it as soon as I finished her brilliant book The Missing.  In fact, I have absolutely loved all three of her previous books but could she make it four in a row? Would The Escape live up to them? I’m thrilled to tell you that it most certainly did!

Stepping into The E
Rachel Hall
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
The Escape is the fourth psychological thriller from the pen of the highly popular C.L. Taylor and the second that I have read. My first encounter with her work came with The Missing, which explored the breakdown of a family following the disappearance of a fifteen-year-old and the simmering resentments and acrimony that it gives rise as unanswered questions weigh heavy on the atmosphere. I wasn't impressed by the novel, largely due to a lack of suspense and superficial characters making a reada ...more
Dee Ryan
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absoloutly ate this book up. Started it yesterday evening and finished it this morning. It would not let go of me.
The book centres around Jo (slightly annoying but I really liked her as her charachter grew) her husband Max and their little girl Elise.
Jo who suffers from a plethora of issues ends up letting a stranger into her car. A stranger who knows too much about her and her family. After delivering a chilling warning to Jo she demands that Max give back what is hers. When Jo tells Max wh
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The last two days I've been reading 'The Escape' by C. l. Taylor. This is a psychological thriller about a woman on the run with her two year old child. I always enjoy this author's books, this story started and finished well and was worth the read.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good indeed. Full review to follow ☺
Dannii Elle
Despite the interesting premise and the suspenseful first half, I found the intensity dropped towards the end, for me, and I found particular twists to be somewhat easily guessed at. Still a solidly intriguing and well-penned thriller but, perhaps, not one I will find myself returning to.
Karen Whittard
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you to Netgalley, Avon books uk and C.L.Taylor for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance reader copy of this book.

You can find my review on both Goodreads and Amazon. On and on Amazon under k.e.whittard from publication date.

I felt that this book was missing suspense for me. I felt disconnected from the book and felt like it only scraped the side of how truely wonderful this author is. It was extremely predic
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit I had never read a CL Taylor book before, but The Escape had an intriguing and creepy cover that I couldn’t stop looking at. And that blurb? Mysterious and appealing…

This is one of those books that can easily be read in a sitting (I know I did!): fast-paced, addictive and easy to read. The perfect “escape”, ideal for a relaxing evening after a busy day at work. The genre? Psychological thriller, of course.

Jo Blackmore meets a woman on the street and she asks her for a lift. This woman se
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Setting: Bristol, England
POVs: (view spoiler)

A husband and wife are at each other's throats after a mysterious stranger inserts herself into their daily lives. In part one of this story, it appears as though Joanne Blackmore is quickly losing her grip on reality. Her husband, Max, further inflames their turbulent relationship by petitioning for custody of their only child. In the middle of it all, a stranger is all too happy to te
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Mystery is probably not my favorite genre but only because I guess way too early what happened/who did it. It was unfortunately the case with The Escape . Its still a great book, the writing is good, story is intriguing, its probably my fault for reading too much mystery novels.

Still I would recommend it. A fast read and good story line.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bloody hell, what a corker!

This latest offering by C.L. Taylor grabs you by the collar from the very first page and does not let go.

Without any preamble, you're immediately thrown head first into the action and the pace is absolutely relentless! I'm pretty sure there were times when I forgot to breathe. It was just that engrossing.

Jo is approached by a stranger who turns out didn't just choose Jo randomly. The stranger knows her husband, an investigative reporter, and her daughter Elise. Jo's da
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Escape – A Disturbing and Tense Thriller of the Highest Quality

The Escape is the latest psychological thriller from C.L. Taylor, and once again she delivers a disturbing and tense thriller of the highest quality. From beginning to the end Taylor has the reader feeling the same claustrophobic fears as the victim, her grip is stronger than a vice, that takes you on a massive rollercoaster of a ride before delivering a final knockout.

When Jo Blackmore is approached in the street by a stranger
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Wonderfully immersive piece of writing that has had me continually pondering exactly what may be the truth, all the while absorbed in this fabulous book.

There is a great deal of tension from the first page, which is just what I want from this sort of book, and the sense of danger, or there being something not quite right with all the presented information doesn't leave me at all.

Jo Blackmore appears as though she could be a rather unreliable narrator, given she admits to a few mental health pr
Jennifer Foden
Fast paced with lots of twists. Loved it.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First thing you need to know is: once you start reading there is no escape from The Escape. The exhilarating pace and escalating terror is an excellent motivator for extreme reactions with unpredictable consequences. Its fiendish plot is nothing short of addictive, as it seizes every opportunity to uncover murky secrets, painful memories and a fresh menace at every turn.

Imagine the struggle of trying to recover from your worst nightmare only for it to be replaced with a more hellish one. Take Jo
Cleopatra  Pullen
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jo Blackmore has suffered from agoraphobia since the death of her unborn child but she’s got strategies for coping and manages to hold down a job by sticking to rigid rules. Those rules are breached when she is asked to give a lift to a woman on her way to picking up her young daughter Elise from nursery. Paula doesn’t give Jo much of an option to refuse, and once in the car she returns one of Elise’s mittens with the warning:

“Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

Well can you ju
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The Escape is the latest psychological thriller from C. L. Taylor.

The story follows a woman with agoraphobia and severe anxiety, as her life takes a turn for the worse. Jo is married, with a small child, Elise, and she works at the local university. Her relationship with her partner has deteriorated, mostly due to his lack of compassion for Jo’s mental health problems. He has stopped caring. One day a woman, Paula, approaches Jo and threatens her daughter. This moment leads to more disturbing ac
Lisa Houston
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Felt this book was so predictable. Did enjoy it but it wasnt the best book ive ever read. im not sure if its just the last few books ive read were similiar to this that it started to feel mundane and new exactly what was coming. Have read from this author before and know she has done better than this.

Ty to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for a copy of this book in exchange for a review
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Wow. Brilliant. I was hooked. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend to you all. I won't forget this story in a rush! I kept forgetting to breathe towards the end it was that intense. I did not expect that outcome at all! It's wierd how everything can link together even if you're far from home.

From the beginning you can tell Jo has some personal issues to deal with and live with, her character doesn't have much confidence. I felt sorry for Jo as she was being framed and used yet not everyo
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C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She is a five times Sunday Times bestseller and her books have hit the number one spots on Amazon, Kobo, Audible, iBooks and Google Play. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology.

Her dark psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was published in the UK by Avon HarperCollins in April 2014
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“God bless? I don't need God's help. I don't need the police's help either. I can find you all by myself, Jo. I'm good with people. I tell them what they want to hear...” 1 likes
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