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Not as good as her earlier works....
on August 6, 2011
I have been a big fan of Barbara Delinsky for years but I've been very disappointed in her last 5 or 6 books. I'm not sure what has changed. My favorites were from years ago - A Woman Betrayed, Together Alone, The Passions of Chelsea Kane, More Than Friends.
Maybe with Escape it's the fact that it's written in first person, which I NEVER tend to like. Others may not mind but I feel with first person narratives, we never get an insight into the other characters. I would have liked to be in James' mind when Emily just "escaped'' one Friday and turned off her phone and in Vicki Bell's when Emily showed up on her doorstep after years of not speaking to her. Other characters' perspectives would have really enriched the book.
The best parts of the book for me were when Emily was at The Refuge caring for the animals. Just a small part of the plot but it evoked more emotion in me than the passages between our heroine and her husband.
I would recommend readers get this from their library rather than pay full price for it.