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.
I listened to this book through Audible, narrated by accomplished voice actress, Katie Scarfe. Jo Blackmore is the mother to young Elise and husband to investigative journalist, Max. She suffers from agoraphobia, which has a major impact on her life, and is the perfect reason for her doing some of those things that make you question protagonists’ decisions in other novels.
I’ve seen other reviews call this a fast-paced thriller. I didn’t find that. But it also wasn’t a slow burner. Jo is in trouble right from the off, and this domestic noir sees her trying to deal with external forces that seem determined to derail her, at the same time as she battles her own mental health issues.
As the title suggests, Jo uses escape as a way of keeping her daughter safe and combatting all of the forces that the author has cleverly stacked against her; however, this leads her to discover a heartbreaking mystery from her own childhood.
Off on your hols soon and looking for your own escape? I’d recommend taking this with you.