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Summary

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.

©2017 C. L. Taylor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller." (Clare Mackintosh)
"Absorbing and disturbing." (Alex Marwood)
"Loved it." (Fiona Barton)
"Claustrophobic, tense and thrilling." (Elizabeth Haynes)
"Brilliant...manages to capture family life perfectly." ( Chick Lit Reviews)

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Another cracker from C L Taylor

Yet another fantastic standalone novel from C L Taylor. Captivating characters, twists and turns- this is on a par with The Missing. Loved it. Wonderful narration as well. If you like Taylor's previous novels you'll love this one too.

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Yawnsville

Great narrator working with dull material. Female lead is utterly pathetic and story drones on and on with very little in the way of suspense or excitement or anything remotely interesting. I actually fast forwarded 10 chapters when I got a third of the way through, just to see if it picked up but no...it did not. Refund please!

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A really gripping story

I was absolutely hooked right from the very beginning. It was so full of drama and suspense with so many twists and turns. Katie Scarf read the story so well, really living every moment. I can't wait to hear more CL Taylor read by Katie.

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The Escape

very intreaging story ,hard to put down . could not guess how it was going to end

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A chore to get through

I really liked the other books from this author but this was not a good one. the story was full and uninteresting, all characters were unsympathetic and the twists were not worth it. I struggled to the end but I'll be getting a refund on this turkey I'm afraid.

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While nothing new, it is well executed

The structure of this jam-packed, fast paced novel is well-laid out, moving from the protoganist's voice to a mysterious person continuously. While the enigmatic chapters were less than mysterious, as I figured out who it was near the beginning, it is clear and not too overdone. It is sad as there are many mothers treated this way especially through the systems, not believed and thought of as unfit. Hence it seems realistic with a sense of tension throughout

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Thrilling

Listened almost non stop as it had me gripped. Loved it from start to finish.

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This author always writes about weak women

Unbelievable plot
Spends over half the story repeating the main characters problems
Wish I had remembered her last book with the last weak woman!

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So disappointed

I have enjoyed other CL Taylor books so much I bought them all, but this one just annoys me to bits. The main characters are so incredibly naive, simple and stupid that it is totally unrealistic, no grown up in a job could possibly be like that. The baddie is also just un-believable.
I had to stop listening at chapter 19 because the characters are such idiots it's starting to make me grumpy to keep listening. I finally managed to finish but the rest of it didn't really improve.
I was interested in a thriller but there is a lot of content in this book about being the mum of a toddler. "Mummy!" and "Milk!" over and over just doesn't hold any interest for me and certainly at least in my opinion is not very thrilling.

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Couldn’t get past 1hr

Feel bad a may be offending people who liked this book or the author but this book was not good! Characters were not believable and the story just wasn’t going anywhere... I know it may get better but there are so many incredible books to listen to, why waste time on one that is so terrible!