Blog Tour: Book Review - The Escape by C.L. Taylor

"Look after your daughter's things. And your daughter..."

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a life 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 Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe - RUN.

It is no secret that C.L. Taylor is an author who simply keeps on delivering. Want thrilling? She's got you. Want shocking? She's got you. Want twists and turns aplenty? Yes, you got it right. C.L. TAYLOR HAS GOT YOU. Her latest release with Avon, THE ESCAPE, has all of those things, and then some, and although it took me a while to finish this book (I'm a slow reader just lately!), I can happily say that I'm so glad I took my time and truly savoured the pages.

In C.L. Taylor's THE ESCAPE, readers are introduced to Jo Blackmore. Jo suffers from agoraphobia, and finds it terribly difficult to do things that other people may take for granted. She is the mother of two-year-old Elise, and wife to husband Max. She takes life day by day, including visits home to her own mother, Brigid, and her father who is sick, that is until one day, picking Elise up, she is approached by a stranger who asks her for a lift. Feeling cornered and unable to say no, Jo agrees, but it quickly transpires that this woman isn't a stranger after all. She knows Jo. She knows who her daughter is and, for some bizarre reason, this woman knows her husband too. Jo cannot seem to figure out a link between the two, and is even more taken aback when the woman reveals one of Elise's gloves. Although it is subtle, the threat rings in Jo's head repeatedly in the days after the strange and quite frightening encounter, and she isn't sure exactly what to do about it.

From here, Jo's life seems to spiral out of control, and circumstances leap from bad to worse. Provided with both Jo's first-person narrative and Max's third, as well as worrying bursts of dialogue peppering the plot, aimed at Jo but with seemingly no identity behind them, Taylor seriously ramps up the tension and suspense, and had me feeling on edge and unable to relax throughout the book. I, as well as Jo, couldn't seem to figure out where the strange woman with the strange threat had come from, and how she knew who Jo was and who her daughter was. A million reasons surfaced in my mind as I tried to sift through and figure out which one would be closest to the truth, but in the end, they all turned out to be wrong, and Taylor shocked me again and again with the twists and turns weaving themselves throughout the book.

With secrets, deceit and betrayal, The Escape was a fast-paced, adrenaline-inducing read, in which you are highly aware of time ticking by and the predator closing in. I was absolutely hooked and from chapter to chapter, I became even more so. When the big reveal took place, I could not believe my eyes. I felt physically winded by the turn of events and wanted nothing more than for peace to finally be reunited with Jo and her daughter, for them to be able to stop running and have no further need to be looking over their shoulder. It became clear to me that a mother's love really knows no boundaries and if there is a need for Jo to keep her daughter safe, which there is, then she will do whatever it takes to do so.

THE ESCAPE by C.L. Taylor was riveting from beginning to end and the ending was phenomenal. I think Taylor has written one of the best last lines I've ever read. I LOVED this book, and as always, I just can't wait for the next book announcement from this author. Hummingbird Reviews is awarding THE ESCAPE by C.L. Taylor with five out five stars. Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this book.

About the author

CL Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She studied for a degree in psychology at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle and has worked as a sales administrator, web developer, instructional designer and as the manager of a distance learning team at a London University. She now writes full time.

CL Taylor's first psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was one of the top ten bestselling debut novels in 2014 according to the Bookseller. Her second and third novels, THE LIE and THE MISSING, were Sunday Times Bestsellers and #1 Amazon Kindle chart bestsellers. Her fourth psychological thriller, THE ESCAPE, will be published on 23 March 2017. She is currently writing her first young adult thriller, THE TREATMENT, which will be published in September 2017.

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You can purchase your copy of THE ESCAPE here.

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