Release Date: 07/07/2015
YOU CAN’T RUN FROM FEAR…
Not everyone who goes into the woods comes out…
It was supposed to be a short hike, a way for Fletcher and Adam to kill time one boring afternoon. But when day turns into night and neither boy returns home, their town is thrown into turmoil.
Search teams comb through the forest. Then Avery, the police chief’s daughter, stumbles on a body. It’s Fletcher- disoriented, beaten, and covered in blood. He has no memory of the incident, and worse yet, he has no idea what happened to the still missing Adam…
As danger and suspicion grow, one thing becomes very clear. No one can escape the truth.
From The Escape by Hannah Jayne:
“Hello?” she called out. “This is Avery Templeton with Search Team Five. Hello?”
The silence was complete, except for the steady thump of Avery’s heart. She took a step forward and slid on the loose earth, tumbling forward onto her hands and knees. Rocks tore skin and the knees of her jeans as she slid. When she stopped- eight, ten feet at the most- she was breathing heavily, her mind reeling. She did a quick assessment for damage. Other than the sting on her palms, nothing hurt.
So why was there blood on her hands?
She brought her hands towards her face and grimaced as the streaks of rust-colored blood-congealed, dirt stained-that covered her palms.
She wasn’t bleeding.
This wasn’t her blood.
It was then that she heard the slow gurgle, the sparse intake of breath followed by a low, throaty whisper. “Avery, you have to help me.”
Avery stared at the figure lying in front of her, allowing her eyes to adjust to the dim light.
The word came out in a desperate hiss, and he clasped a muddy, blood-caked hand around her wrist, his grip limp, his fingers trembling.
She gasped. “Fletcher?”
* ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
First Impression: Impeccable writing, magnetic and engaging opening with excellent characterization and setting details that draws readers in right away and sets up a horrifyingly gripping psychological mystery.
I could not stop reading this book. I loved it from beginning to end. These people were drawn so well, from their personalities to their mannerisms to their deep psychological upsets and traumas. I could see them and everything around them, and they made the psychology and law enforcement lover in me take notice. These characters were real, and their fear, confusion, and hurt were not only believable, but palpable, in a way that made me want to read faster than my brain could process.
From the very first line in The Escape, I was hooked and immediately invested in the story and what was going on with Adam and Fletcher, and then a short while later, with Avery. With every page read in this book, my anxiety over what was happening grew; I simply had to know what happened, who did it, and how it all would end. That’s a true testament to a skilled and talented author, because the story flowed so easily there was nothing to distract me or take me out of the scenes.
Hannah Jayne is a new to me author, but it’s obvious after reading this book that she takes the time to measure every word, every scene and character interaction, so she can bring a complicated, complex story to life. A story that is so well researched, and so hauntingly drawn I still can’t stop thinking about it even hours after finishing the book.
The short POV scenes and impressive scene structure made this book a fast-paced read that fit the story, the characters, and kept me turning the pages, more and more intent to discover what happened in the woods. What happened to Adam and Fletcher.
The Escape is a fantastic, dynamic, YA psychological thriller that is both entertaining and frightening, and woven so tightly, so intricately, that readers will be on the edge of their seats to know the truth about what happened to the boys in the woods.
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Hannah Jayne is possibly the only person living in Silicon Valley who has never worked in high tech. When she’s not writing, she’s obsessively watching HGTV or shopping at Target…also obsessively. Find out more about Hannah’s urban fantasy, young adult thrillers, and latest obsessions at hannah-jayne.com.