by Hannah Jayne
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Published by Sourcebooks Fire Release date : July 7th, 2015
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Suspense & thrillers have been one of many up and coming genres on my LOVE list. Heart pounding action, nail-biting anticipation and a mystery to unravel – I love it. Good young adult thrillers are few and far in between, and if here is one author that can write a good one – it’s Hannah Jayne.
From the very first page – we are thrust into action; having the opening scene the two boys in the woods and the attack. Hannah is an artist at creating these intense, heart pounding scenes that have me looking over my shoulder frequently.
I loved the alternating POV between Avery and Fletcher. Fletcher is having flash backs to that day – and with each time we get his POV we learn small bits about what had happened. Avery, the policy chief’s daughter – is determined to stick by Fletcher and help him figure out why he blocked out the incident.
I liked Avery and her determination to stick with Fletcher and find out what happened. There were times I thought her actions were pretty stupid – which is a common theme for me in this genre – but she was pretty resourceful and smart. Her dad trained her well. 🙂
It’s hard to really get into plot details because of spoilers – but how everything eventually pieced together was brilliant. There are a few things that did have me questioning, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. There are also things left unresolved, or unanswered if you will – but I love not knowing EVERYTHING. My only small issue was where it ended – I was hoping for an epilogue of some sorts. Yet at the same time – the story that was to be told was told. If that makes sense.
Overall – I quite enjoyed The Escape. I am 2-1 on Hannah’s novels and I can’t wait to dive into more of her works.
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“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?”
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