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Editorial Reviews


"Great read! This story moved fast, gripped me with the pain and grief and blew me away with the ending." - Librarything member

"Written in a sentimental way, it's a story which involves a family tragedy, sisterly love, regaining one's own strength, friendship and belief. From the start I never have gotten the feeling to take a special character's side. To all of them I had the same feeling and I was dipping into their fate likewise. The outcome of the story wasn't a surprise more the bottom line from the previous knowledge." - Librarything member

From the Author

Thanks so much for taking the time to have a look at some of my work, especially those of you who are here because you have purchased one of my other books, or left me a review. I really am grateful to you for being a part of this!
I have been writing books in the thriller and mystery genres for the last six years, and recently released my new dystopian series. You can reach me in a variety of places, but my home on the internet is on my website. You can find me at Feel free to get in touch, leave me a comment, and just have a snoop around.

Product Details

  • File Size: 912 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Michelle Muckley Publishing; 1 edition (December 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michelle is the author of six novels, including the dystopian series, The Dawn. You will mostly find her sitting at her computer, but when she isn't writing she is either reading a book or taking pictures of her cat for Instagram.

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Format: Kindle Edition
Escaping Life by Michelle Muckley is a murder mystery, which keeps the reader guessing until the end of the story as to the killers identity. When the story opens, we hear from one dead persons point of view, as to what happened to them and how the person came to be there. Her characters are likable, not to mention realistic, which does help the reader to identify and understand the situation they are in at times. However, there are numerous editorial issues plaguing the story. These issues did cause me to lose interest in it. At times, the font goes from normal to small. I usually read in the smaller fonts, thus I was forced to leave the story to change the size several times. Sometimes words are extraneous, misplaced or left out all together. I know some people don't consider these to be issues when rating books, but the flow of the work does matter. They do affect my perception of a story.
I have a Kindle and read it on my ereader as oppossed to the laptop.
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Escaping Life written by Michelle Muckley begins slowly as the author takes time to set the scene and the circumstances of this mystery in detail. This technique actually adds to the mood of the story as the writer gently unfolds a painful tale of loss and betrayal and the ripples these events generate in the lives of the characters.

Muckley's characters are believable and the murderer is hard to identify for most of the story. The suspense builds as the truth bursts out into the open with a dramatic final scene.

There are technical hurdles to overcome due to poor editing but the story is still a good read for a rainy day.
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The first few chapters of Escaping Life caught my interest, and Ms. Muckley's writing is emotionally evocative. For the most part, it is grammatically well done, which makes it pleasant reading.

This book's major flaw is its predictability. I had it figured out early on. I kept reading because I hoped it would surprise me. And the writing was nice. A flaw in the story itself is that I doubt very much that any insurance company would pay without a body, regardless of the skill of the lawyer. Another irritant was that Rebecca was a grown woman, intelligent and successful in the world, who, I believe, would not have acted the way she did.

I give it 4 stars minus ½.
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Okay, wow. I know I owe so many reviews, but I wanted to get this one out before the effect dissipated. Great ENDING! But...I'm skipping a bit... okay, deep breaths, Hugh (me)... try again.

Escaping Life Yes, I "get" the dedication and it's sadly sweet and understanding of what it means to be human.

I'm giving this 4.5 stars. The category you perceive this to be in, makes a difference. If you think this is a action packed book patterned after a TV detective story, which are fun, you will probably not rate it as high as I have. If you think it's one of those super deep (and ultra confusing) books of modern literature like May Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" with it's provocative opening line, "He shot the white girl first" or Park Godwin's "Waiting For the Galactic Bus," you'd be closer to the target, but still likely to see other things more fitting.

But, if you like cozy mysteries that have a bit of an edge to them, then this will open your eyes in pleasant surprise. If you are like me, and you enjoy a book where the author takes the time to help you get to know the characters involved, the score goes up here. If you are like me and you love books that involve spiritual connections with real lives, issues that resonate between the characters in ways that make cloudy things clear, that also have an interesting and gripping mystery at the heart of it, then this is right up your alley.

I want to take a few words to explain what I mean by "Spiritual." First and foremost, I do not mean "God or Religion." I mean something larger in scope that "God and Religion" are certainly included in. Second, I don't mean ghosts, ghouls or Urban Fantasy. I like that kind of thing, but, I like a lot of things and this isn't one of those.
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In the sleepy little village of Haven, there isn’t a lot to do on a Sunday morning. Loll in the back garden, sip tea, and read the paper. To Elizabeth Green, the announcements section is always the best part of the daily news.

Births, graduations, wedding announcements…

…letters from your sister, who died four years ago???

If that isn’t something to get the adrenaline going on a summer morning!

Somehow, though, Elizabeth isn’t overly surprised. After all, no one had ever found Rebecca’s body in that car crash. But everyone else assumed it was so, and so it was.

But what is Rebecca’s warning about? And why didn’t she come by in person?

Hopes are soaring, then are dashed, as Elizabeth’s husband finds a reference to a body found recently on a beach. After a call to Detective Jack Fraser, of the Chesterwood P.D., it is verified that, this time, Rebecca is surely and certainly dead–and by her own hand. She leaves clues beside her body, and it is up to Elizabeth and Jack to figure out why Rebecca decided to escape life this way.

Detective Fraser has escapes of his own to deal with, on a personal basis. His own wife and child died in a car crash, and he is still trying to find his way through his grief. Relationships come and go as he tries to reconcile his past with both the present and his future.

Rebecca and Detective Fraser–both victims of trauma, both trying to find a way out of the pain. But they are not alone. Elizabeth is also trying to escape life–or at least the memories of the cruel and horrible way her mother died, and how her world and family came apart.
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