"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...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Escape for me was a book that I was for a long time unsure if I s ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Stepping into The E ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Setting: Bristol, England
POVs: (view spoiler)[Multiple, 1st person (hide 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 ...more
Still I would recommend it. A fast read and good story line. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Imagine the struggle of trying to recover from your worst nightmare only for it to be replaced with a more hellish one. Take Jo ...more
“Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”
Well can you ju ...more
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 ...more
Ty to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for a copy of this book in exchange for a review
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 ...more
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