Book review: The escape artist by Diane Chamberlain!

Hii! So here i am with another review. Diane Chamberlain is one of my favourite authors and a lot of the books i read when i really started to ‘get into’ reading were by her, so i may be a tad biased, but i love her writing and all of her books ‘touch’ me in some way.

On the back

When Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, Tyler, she goes on the run instead of turning her little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife. She dyes her hair, changes her name and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows including Linc Sebastian, the man who has been her best friend since childhood and who knows her better than anyone.

Susanna lands in Annapolis, Maryland – lonely, frightened – and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her. Just as she’s beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people… if she’s willing to take it to the police. But going to the authorities means revealing her identity, admitting her guilt and, worst of all, losing her son.

My thoughts

Firstly i’ll say that through out the whole book i swear that I’d read this book before (but not recently), everything seemed really familiar and i managed to guess things pretty easily throughout. I think i need to start a kind of list, like a kind of mash up of wishlist / read / favourites.

But anyway, The escape artist, is in 3 peoples points of views, all third person, which i do like, but i much prefer it when books are written in first person.

Susanna is the ex-wife and mother of Tyler, who has lost custody of her son and decides to run away with him. She changes their names and manages to travel like a really long way to hopefully start a new life looking after her son. Being a mother myself, i was totally sympathetic with her character and could imagine doing the exact same if i was in that situation. Throughout the story you see her, not struggle exactly but i cant think of another word, to make this big life change and be the mother her son needs.

She makes new friends, even though she is very guarded, and slowly she becomes settled in her life. Until she buys a second hand computer, on which she finds a list of random names and addresses (which she disregards in the first instance), then realizes that it is a hit list of sorts. She obviously becomes unsure as to whether she should hand the information in to the police or carry on lying low.

I really did feel for Susanna,  she was broken hearted when she found her ex-husband in bed with Peggy, she’d started again with Linc and her son to have it torn apart again by having to give up custody. She goes through a heck of a lot and she does grow from it all, the shy, meek Susanna at the start becomes a much more confident throughout the whole thing, especially when you find out what kind of childhood she had, i’m quite amazed at how far she had come.

Peggy is the new wife. She was the women Susanna found in bed with her husband, and to be honest, as i was so invested in Susanna’s character i didn’t like Peggy at all to start with. She got the husband, the house and now the child. When Susanna runs away with Tyler, Peggy invests all her energy into finding him. She couldn’t work out why Susanna would want to take him away, when Peggy has so much to offer in terms of money etc. She hires an investigator and puts forward for tv shows etc.

Although i hated her to start with, i thought she was stuck up and was just hating on Susanna, when in actual fact it’s her husband who’s mislead her to think that way of Susanna. (He’s a knob by the way) You really do see Peggy grow as a person as she comes to realise that maybe she’s wrong about everything and towards the end she puts herself in Susanna’s shoes and realizes that perhaps she did do the right thing, even if it was the wrong way to go about it.

Linc is Susanna’s boyfriend. They grew up together and were best friends (he was more of a big brother figure for her). He was in prison for murder when he was younger and now runs his own radio show. Linc is a really good guy, he helped Susanna through the pregnancy and divorce and also helped her raise Tyler, so the whole custody thing hit him harder than he kinda let on. Of course he is devastated when Susanna runs away, she didn’t tell him anything about the whole plan at all. Eventually they do manage to meet up and he’s quite stricken to see that she has managed OK and has this whole new life without him, when of course he’s still pining for her. She tell’s him about the ‘list’ and in the end he figures it out and goes and ‘rescues’ her.

As i said before, i don’t know if the story line was just predictable and not that good so to speak, or if it was the fact that i had read it before but couldn’t really remember.

Either way, it’s an excellent story, and if you’re a mother or not, i think you’re able to learn that a mothers bond is everything and sometimes people do crazy things to be able to stay with their child.

Have you read ‘The escape artist’ before?? Let me know your thoughts.

Let me know as well if you’ve read any of Diane Chamberlain’s other books and what you thought of them.

Also, any book recommendations are totally welcome!!

Kirsty xx


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