‘The Escape’ is the latest book by C.L Taylor.
“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 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.
C.L. Taylor is back with another gripping read about a mothers strong desire to protect a child from harm.
In this story, we meet Jo, an anxiety ridden mother who suffers badly from claustrophobia but is determined to give her daughter Elise, the best life she can and not let the illness get in the way. Until one day, a stranger approaches her claiming that her husband, Max has something that belongs to her. But Max is adamant that he knows nothing or has nothing belonging to the woman. And so begins a race, a race for Jo to fight for her daughter and to prove her sanity, as she becomes target to a horrible tortuous campaign against her.
Like C.L.’s previous books, this book was thrilling and fast paced that made for gripping reading. The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Jo, a tortured soul who’s only instinct is the care of her little girl, but she’s unhappy in her marriage and is trying to overcome her claustrophobia to move on, but at regular points, she’s victim to a new case of harassment, with planted drugs and doubts over her sanity, making people wonder if she’s capable of being a fit mother.
To prevent her daughter from being taken from her, Jo goes on the run to Ireland, creating new identities for the pair of them and I found this part of the story particularly interesting, as it was set in areas of Ireland that I visited when I was a child and was familiar with. Also in this part of the story, there’s an intriguing sub story, featuring the landlady of the B&B that she stays with and her complexities also make for entertaining reading.
In a clever twist, there’s also elements of the story seen from the perspective of Jo’s tormentor and this is wonderfully riveting as we try to guess who the person is who’s terrorising Jo.
‘The Escape’ is another action packed and emotionally charged story from C.L. Taylor, riddled with suspense, drama and mystery, this story of a mothers love is an engaging and exciting story that really pulls the reader in and grips them at every twist and turn.
You can pre-order The Escape from Amazon and will be available to buy from 23rd March 2017.