18 April, 2017

#BookReview :: The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain



A custody suit filed by her attorney ex-husband throws Susanna Millers life into chaos. Defying a court order to turn 11-month-old Tyler over to his father, Susanna flees. She changes her name, dyes her hair, and leaves Boulder, Colorado without a word to anyone not even her best friend Linc Sebastian. Two thousand miles from home, she seeks anonymity in Annapolis, Maryland. And as she tries to forget her past, Susanna discovers that starting a new life is more dangerous than shed ever imagined and that the unpredictable has an alarming way of insinuating itself into a life . . . 

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When Susanna loses custody of her eleven-month-old son Tyler to her ex-husband Jim, she feels that running away is the only solution left to her as she cannot bear the thought of being separated from her son. That is exactly what she does, pick up and move to a different city under a false identity in order to escape from the officials. She does this without telling anybody in her old life. As she starts a new life with a pre-owned computer, her only aim is to stay under the radar with her son. But she soon comes across some information that puts her in a dilemma of whether to act on the information and risk discovery. Or, ignore the information and continue to live under the radar even when Jim has the authorities looking for her and Tyler for a cash reward.

The book has a wide cast of character and each of them is different from the other. This varied cast bring together the plot that keeps you engaged. Susanna has a background that makes the reader question her choices at times. However, she finally pulls through her wits and determination.  Her character has been developed well. With shades of grey, she feels very human and real. The plot itself is interesting and makes you want to know what happens. The sub plot only adds to the intrigue of the original plot. Though things aren’t really a big mystery, it is just enough of intrigue to keep you glued to the pages.

Though this is not Diane Chamberlaine’s best, it is a well narrated and balanced story that had me engaged throughout. 


Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India



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