- Publisher: PAN; Main Market Ed. edition (February 23, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447256735
- ISBN-13: 978-1447256731
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 220 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The one man who understands Susanna Miller says she is always running away from her troubles. True to form, she flees with her young son after losing custody to her lawyer ex-husband. It's easy to sympathize with the naive protagonist of Chamberlain's (Brass Ring, LJ 10/1/94) eighth novel. After relocating and re-creating her life as Kim Stratton, Susanna stumbles onto a serial bomber's plan for revenge. She must stop the murders without jeopardizing her new life while finding a way to face her problems head-on. Chamberlain tells a moving tale of parental love and desperation while throwing in plot twists and intrigue. Enjoyable, if a bit unbelievable, this is recommended for general collections.?Shannon Williams Haddock, BellSouth Corporate Lib., Birmingham, Ala.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
When Susanna Miller loses custody of 11-month-old Tyler to her ex-husband, Jim, and his new wife, Peggy, she runs away with her son, even leaving behind her lover, Linc Sebastian. Building a new life as Kimberly Stratton with son Cody in Annapolis, Maryland, is complicated by her concern about being found and by the odd file on the used computer she buys. When it's clear that the file is linked to a series of deadly local bombings, Kim--reluctant to talk to police--seeks advice from both Linc and Adam Soria, a grieving Annapolis artist who becomes more than a friend. Chamberlain skillfully weaves flashbacks with shifts in locale, vividly describing the pain of Susanna's childhood and alternating Peggy's relentless quest for her stepson with Kim's determination to keep her son. Although some turns of plot strain credulity, they do little to lessen the pleasure of this page-turner with its last-minute surprises and eminently satisfying ending. Michele Leber --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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POSS SPOILER ALERT ~~ it seemed ar the end, there were unanswered questions, for me anyway, such as how was Adam supposed to do w/o Kim, esp when his sister, he was so close to, just died in such dramatic circumstances? She was nuttier than a fruitcake, but that wasn't really made clear at all til the end. He had so recently been deeply depressed over losing his fam in a terrible accident. Did they somehow stay in contact? What happened to the cat and kittens? Did Susanne and Linc get married? There were a couple more things, but now I can't rem them! It did seem the whole story came to an abrupt ending, like Diane was in a rush to get it over, that's how it struck me. I give this 4 stars because of the frustration I feel.
From the moment she first discovered that Jim was cheating on her with Peggy, right after she discovered she was pregnant, she has been in free fall, descending into the darkness that will soon become her life.
Her best friend Linc Sebastian, who lived next door to her in childhood and has now become her lover and her support system, believes that they can somehow make it anyway.
But what Susanna does next will change all of their lives.
She has planned ahead, and the morning of the day she was supposed to turn over Tyler, she is on the run, with a new identity, some cash, and a plan. Her journey takes her across country from Boulder, Colorado, to Annapolis, Maryland, where she slowly begins anew as Kimberly Stratton.
The Escape Artist was a riveting story that had a few implausible twists and turns, but I couldn't stop reading it. Soon I was immersed with Kimberly in her new life with her new friends, like an artist named Adam Soria and his sister Jessie. And in her cute apartment in an old Victorian, she finds support from her new landlady Ellen and her neighbor Lucy.
But the secrets she must hide keep her from truly connecting, and then she makes a dark discovery that seems to threaten the new life and bring everything to a screeching halt.
What is the meaning of the strange file Kim has found on the used computer she bought? What happened the night someone broke into her apartment, making her feel totally unsafe again?
In the end, everything fell into place pretty neatly, and while I was happy with the conclusions, it all felt a little bit unlikely. Still an enjoyable read for fans of Chamberlain and for all those who can relate to family/custody situations. 4.0 stars.
THE ESCAPE ARTIST is one of über writer Diane Chamberlain's earlier works. Her writing has gotten better and better, her characters more nuanced, the plots more compelling that reviewing one of her older works is almost unfair when she's so good now.
THE ESCAPE ARTIST is dated, in that changing one's identity is much more difficult today than when the book was written. Susanna had virtually no difficulty changing her name, getting a birth certificate, bank account with no ID for her new name.
Chamberlain does a good job of getting readers to empathize with and root for Susanna/Kim, who is basically a kidnapper, no matter how much she denies it and because she's a fugitive, she makes ethical decisions she wouldn't have if not for hiding her identity.
Still, I enjoyed the story, and wanted a happy ending for Susanna/Kim and I recommend it, with the caveat that it's dated and not Chamberlain's strongest work.