Author: Diane Chamberlain
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: 15th July 2013 (1st published 1997)
Time: 10hrs 52mins
Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Book Source: own audio
Synopsis: Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, Tyler, but rather than turning the little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife, she goes on the run. 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, alone, 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.
Equal parts family drama, love story, and thriller, The Escape Artist is the poignant story of a mother's unbreakable bond with her child and the resiliency of a love that transcends distance and time.
The Escape Artist is an entertaining story, relatable if a little dated but that's to be expected considering it was first published in 1997. Coleen Marlo is a narrator I haven't tried before; smooth voice, an easy listen, a narrator I'd be happy to listen to again.
The Escape Artist held my interest and pulled at my heart strings, I was rooting for Susanna from the get go, understanding the lengths she went to to keep her son. Well paced, the plot is a little transparent, somewhat predictable and one of the sub plots a bit left field but overall it's an enjoyable, worthwhile listen.
I'm a fan of Diane Chamberlain's work ... I've read 5 or 6 and have been slowly working my way through her backlist. My favourite is still The Midwife's Confession but I have her new book, The Silent Sister coming up soon.
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