There aren’t a lot of psychological YA thrillers that don’t involve some element of the supernatural, but a The Escape is one that is worthy of an episode of Criminal Minds or CSI. It is dark and threatening, and it will probably fool you in the end. I only gave it three stars, but I enjoyed it enough that if this is your genre, you should give it a look. I think my high school readers will enjoy the premise and the mystery, and, while the narrative voice is female, it isn’t girly enough to annoy male readers. I didn’t love it, but I’ll still buy a copy for our classroom library because it was compelling. This book is set to publish on July 7, 2015.
The Escape is an engaging YA psychological thriller with a compelling mystery. Two teens went into the woods, but only one came out alive. Someone beat Fletcher and Adam beyond recognition and left them for dead. When Avery, the police chief’s daughter, is the one to find the survivor, they strike up a tenuous friendship that will be tested as goodwill turns to suspicion and a small town on edge grows more threatening by the day. This was a fast read, and it was a good thing because I couldn’t put it down until I knew who the killer was. As engaged as I was, I did have a few problems with the story. There was a lot of time spent flitting between high school buildings and the character’s homes, and almost every scene ended before it could gain momentum, often because one of the characters ran away from the other. I didn’t like the resolution. It was logical, and it probably won’t be a problem for everyone, but it just wasn’t what I wanted. What I found most interesting about this book was that the author didn’t have a large list of suspects to throw me off the scent, but I was still surprised on some level by the identity of the murderer. It was really as if a part of me didn’t want to accept how the facts added up, so I just ignored the obvious. That doesn’t happen very often, so kudos to the author for character development that made me abandon logic.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.