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Gr 8 Up—The day after popular Adam Marshall goes for a hike with loner Fletcher Carroll, the Dan River Falls police department receives a call that the two boys have vanished. Avery Templeton, daughter of the police chief, volunteers to help with a search of the local woods. Although she knows she shouldn't stray from the path, when she does, Avery finds a bruised and bloody Fletcher with no memory of the events of the previous day and no idea where Adam could be. The rumor at Dan River Falls High School is that Fletcher is guilty of murder, but Avery, who is spending more time with him, is determined to prove his innocence. Told from the viewpoints of Fletcher and Avery, this mystery is entertaining but lacks depth. Flashbacks add to the even pacing the work: as Fletcher's memories slowly reveal what happened on the hike, suspense builds, and readers begin to see potentially interesting layers to the boy's personality. But a new side of the teen is never quite revealed, and Avery remains frustratingly static; at times, her knowledge of police lingo and murder investigative procedure is more interesting than her thoughts or her actions. As it is, Avery complements Fletcher, and the dynamic between the two helps to keep readers interested. VERDICT A thriller of average quality, The Escape offers readers a slight twist to an otherwise predictable ending.—Maggie Mason Smith, Clemson University R. M. Cooper Library, South Carolina


"This well-paced thriller's contemporary setting and quirky characters make for a quick and entertaining read. The author's knowledge concerning traumatic memory loss and schizophrenia helps create an authentic and compelling story...Students who enjoyed R. L. Stine's scary stories in elementary school and are fans of Caroline B. Cooney's thrillers should find this book appealing." - VOYA Magazine

"This mystery is marked by gripping psychological suspense and the plot builds to a dramatic conclusion," - Booklist

"Avery is part of search and rescue team, and she is the one that finds Fletcher. He is beaten, bloody, and nearly unconscious. Adam is nowhere to be seen. After Fletcher is somewhat recovered, he is questioned by the police about the whereabouts of Adam. But Fletcher has no memory of the incident. All he knows is that someone killed Adam and tried to kill him-but failed.

The plot of this book was fantastic. The book had so many twists and cliffhangers it was hard to put it down. Nothing in this book was disappointing" - SLJ Teen Newsletter

"The author did a fantastic job of portraying a serious crime, while still making me feel sorry for the villain at the same time. I recommend this book to teenagers and adults because of the novel's intensity and violence. Hannah Jayne is a wonderful writer, and I will definitely be on the lookout for more from her! This is one book you simply cannot miss!" - Manhattan Book Review

"This book definitely had me on the edge of my seat. It's a psychological thriller that I simply couldn't put down...Hannah Jayne is a wonderful writer, and I will definitely be on the lookout for more from her! This is one book you simply cannot miss!" - Manhattan Book Review

"Well-written, conversational, and quick-moving, readers are given several points of view as the story develops. This is perfect for those readers in high school English classes who clamor for contemporary scary stories that are not vampires and werewolves" - School Library Connection

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492616540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492616542
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suspense & thrillers have been one of many up and coming genres on my LOVE list. Heart pounding action, nail-biting anticipation and a mystery to unravel – I love it. Good young adult thrillers are few and far in between, and if here is one author that can write a good one – it’s Hannah Jayne.

From the very first page – we are thrust into action; having the opening scene the two boys in the woods and the attack. Hannah is an artist at creating these intense, heart pounding scenes that have me looking over my shoulder frequently.

I loved the alternating POV between Avery and Fletcher. Fletcher is having flash backs to that day – and with each time we get his POV we learn small bits about what had happened. Avery, the policy chief’s daughter – is determined to stick by Fletcher and help him figure out why he blocked out the incident.

I liked Avery and her determination to stick with Fletcher and find out what happened. There were times I thought her actions were pretty stupid – which is a common theme for me in this genre – but she was pretty resourceful and smart. Her dad trained her well. :)

It’s hard to really get into plot details because of spoilers – but how everything eventually pieced together was brilliant. There are a few things that did have me questioning, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. There are also things left unresolved, or unanswered if you will – but I love not knowing EVERYTHING. My only small issue was where it ended – I was hoping for an epilogue of some sorts. Yet at the same time – the story that was to be told was told. If that makes sense.

Overall – I quite enjoyed The Escape. I am 2-1 on Hannah’s novels and I can’t wait to dive into more of her works.
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The cover for author Hannah Jayne’s The Escape grabbed my attention but the novel’s premise hooked my intrigue. While it did sound like your basic amnesia/murder mystery story, I soon learned that The Escape by author Hannah Jayne was incredibly unique. The Escape was unlike most murder mysteries that I’ve had the opportunity to read. It was exciting and exhilarating and a total ride from start to finish.

In The Escape, Adam and Fletcher go into woods for a hike when they are both attacked. Uncertain of where they are or what is going on, it seems hopeless and unlikely that the two boys will find help. It isn’t until the Police Chief’s daughter, Avery, stumbles across Fletcher on a search party that the mystery of who attacked the two boys begins to unravel. When Adam is found murdered, both Fletcher and Avery begin to seek out just who it is that attacked them both. But as new information arises and strange flashbacks begin to haunt Fletcher, the killer’s true identity might be closer to the two of them than either of them know.

Honestly, I hadn’t expected myself to love The Escape was much as I did. I thought that it would be typical and average, but it turned out to be anything but. What immediately reeled me in was Jayne’s writing. There’s something about it that just works. It’s beautiful and descriptive. Readers will be able to imagine the setting with ease and find their hearts pounding often through Jayne’s use of descriptors and thoughtful prose. Her distinct style makes The Escape a wonderful read that takes hold of you and never lets go.

The point of view (POV) in The Escape switches between both Fletcher and Avery. It’s very interesting to live inside both characters’ heads.
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By Azul on December 20, 2015
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Well, obviously, this author likes to write about things the MC can't remember and then they do. I thought <i>The Escape</i> was going to be different but it is as lame as <i>The Dare</i>. I'm going to have to remember the author's name so I don't pick another book by her.

So Fletcher and Adam go into the woods (as it seems to be woods in every YA town setting) and only one comes back alive. Fletcher is badly hurt and can't remember anything.

The entire book is about Fletcher having glimpses of what happened that night. And how many times did he black out? Jeeeezzz!

One thing good about this book is that Avery, the Chief of Police's daughter, went to his father to tell him about the rumors and everything she found out. Avery was not like other YA characters that take upon themselves to find out the killer.

<b>A couple of cliches:</b>

1) Fletcher was a weirdo, a nobody, but after the accident he becomes famous and students now love him and talk to him (if for a while).

2) Hot girls are flirting with Fletcher because he survived in the woods. Apparently, in YA literature there is something about a boy who almost died but didn't that arouses teenagers.

3) Fletcher's fame is short lived as now the entire high school thinks he is the one who killed his friend.

4) Is Fletcher happy he is alive? Of course not! That wouldn't be normal YA. He thinks he is the one who should've died because he is a nobody and Adam was the loved one.

<b>*****Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers*****</b>

Well, it turned out that Fletcher was indeed the one who killed Adam. And why? "because the voices made me do it." Yeap, the guy has schizophrenia. And where did that come from? Nowhere, really.
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