The Escape by Hannah Jayne  – Two guys go into the woods, but only one makes it out alive

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The Escape by Hannah Jayne  – Two guys go into the woods, but only one makes it out alive

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.

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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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