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Escaping Life [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Muckley
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It’s beautiful here. It’s a beautiful place to die.

Since the accident claimed her sister’s life, Haven has been a sanctuary for Elizabeth Green.She has finally found some of the tranquility that she thought had been lost long ago to the past.Homicide cop Jack Fraser is running away from his miserable life too.But when the discovery of a body on a local beach leads him directly to Elizabeth’s front door, it seems her past might not have been left behind her after all. Together they must face their demons, and in the process expose the dangerous secrets that cloud their lives before it’s too late.

Running from reality is sometimes more painful than discovering the truth.

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"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

We all deal with loss and grief in private ways; some of us face it head on, and some of us run.  But what about when it chases after us and catches us, leaving us with no other option but to face up to it.  That's what happens for the characters in Escaping Life.  When you start turning the pages, you are carried along with them in their journey as they battle their own past and painful memories in a hope to uncover a terrible truth.

Readers have commented on so many different aspects of the story, and have found their own take on the characters lives, taking with them what they have found important: sentimentality, the love between sisters, how they have coped in the fall out of a family tragedy, or the race to the truth as it is revealed at the end of the book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 912 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481188178
  • Publisher: Michelle Muckley Publishing; 1 edition (December 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARABFO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Escaping Life December 26, 2012
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Descriptive Tale of Loss and Betrayal January 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery Woven in Spiritual Threads March 21, 2013
By Hugh
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but predictable August 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Muse Book Reviews January 10, 2014
By K. Ree
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A mysterious death and its effect on family members and the...
Well-written mystery that begins from one victim's perspective and slowly draws the reader into the lives of several people who are and have been affected by someone's death. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MeeMa
4.0 out of 5 stars Easyread
I was intrigued from the very start.....interesting story. I loved the writers descriptive prose. The only thing is I was able to figure out the killer from the beginning... Read more
Published 2 months ago by carole quinn
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I just couldn't get into it. The story was very slow. Read 2 or 3 chapters and deleted it. I admit I have to be drawn in at the very beginning or I don't waste my time reading... Read more
Published 3 months ago by reacher64
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love the story! Love the characters! Love the writing style of the author!!
Great read!!! Enjoyed it from page one till the end!
Published 5 months ago by Eleni
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely wonderful book, full of twists and turns.
I loved this book. Started it on a Sunday afternoon intending to finish it by reading myself to sleep. Never put it down. The characters were so real and fleshed out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jswatts
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This was a great suspenseful novel. Love the clues, and though I had a slight suspicion about the father, the finale was a shock. Bravo!
Published 6 months ago by rose l.
4.0 out of 5 stars ?
Left hanging. What was it that Elizabeth s father had done that his wife was going to tell? Only the ending was a disappointment.
Published 9 months ago by Brenbren
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented Writer
Michelle Muckley is not only a beautiful person, inside and out, but a very talented writer. Have read both 'Escaping Life' and 'Loss of Deference'. Compulsive reading. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Caroline Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Escaping Life by Michelle Muckley
A thoroughly good read; an unusual plot with twists and turns to keep the reader interested. A clever and unexpected ending. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Escaping Life
I found this book a very enjoyable read. Well written, with a gripping storyline. At times I couldn't put the book down. I rate this book 5/5.
Published 18 months ago by Christine
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More About the Author

I was born in the town of Warwick in 1981. It is a small historical town in the heart of England, and Ι was the fifth child born into a family of boys. I developed a huge interest in the written world from a young age, and with more than a little help from Roald Dahl found quite the taste for anything gross and gory. Book club at primary school only proved to increase my love of escaping into the world of a book.

Whilst six years at secondary school did little to quell the romantic notion of one day sitting in my mountain cabin and smoking a celebratory cigarette as the first novel was born, somewhere within those six years the dream of becoming a writer got put on hold. The question of who actually manages to make a living out of being writer was persistently posed. Who manages to pull that off? Not many, according to most people. Perhaps it was because science was deemed a safer career path, or perhaps it was because they let me chop up hearts, but I found myself spending more and more time in the biology lab and eventually the university applications went in and the next twelve years employment were set; science, hearts, but yet sadly no more dissections. Still resting quietly in the background were those long and lingering desires to once again rediscover those old aspirations to write.

About six years ago, with the smouldering embers of a childhood dream sparking uncomfortably underfoot there was what can only be called an epiphany. Who is it that actually becomes a writer? Is it the people who live in New York? Is it the girl whose aunt works for Harper Collins or S&S, or another beast of a publishing house? It is those people, yes. But it's not just those people. It's the people who write.
It's the people who actually do more than say, 'I have a dream'. Whilst this may sound simplistic, it was the revelation I needed to sit down and type Chapter One. The first book, The Loss of Deference was no longer just a fantasy and slowly became a workable manuscript. It was then sent out in eagerness before it was properly edited and therefore it was duly returned, and along with it I collected a nice set of standard rejection letters.

Six years later, having uprooted from England to settle on the southern Mediterranean shores of Cyprus, the dream to publish the book once deemed nothing more than a pipe dream is now a reality. I am still working as a part time scientist, but I am also writing daily. When I am not sat at the computer typing about the darker side of life, you will find me hiking in the mountains, drinking frappe at the beach, or talking to myself in the kitchen in the style of an American celebrity chef. Just think Ina Garten.


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