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Twisty and smart (Heat on Pretending to Dance)

An emotionally perceptive, gripping novel and a deft exploration of long-hidden and quietly explosive familial truths (Sunday Express on Pretending to Dance)

Twisty and smart (Heat on Pretending to Dance)

An emotionally perceptive, gripping novel and a deft exploration of long-hidden and quietly explosive familial truths (Sunday Express on Pretending to Dance)

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Heart-wrenching and compassionate, bestselling author Diane Chamberlain's The Escape Artist is a moving tale of the sacrifices a mother will make for her child.

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  • Reading level: 18+ years
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK; Main Market Ed. edition (8 March 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447256735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447256731
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,79,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Susanna loses custody of her eleven-month-old son Tyler to her ex-husband Jim, she feels that running away is the only solution left to her as she cannot bear the thought of being separated from her son. That is exactly what she does, pick up and move to a different city under a false identity in order to escape from the officials. She does this without telling anybody in her old life. As she starts a new life with a pre-owned computer, her only aim is to stay under the radar with her son. But she soon comes across some information that puts her in a dilemma of whether to act on the information and risk discovery. Or, ignore the information and continue to live under the radar even when Jim has the authorities looking for her and Tyler for a cash reward.

The book has a wide cast of character and each of them is different from the other. This varied cast bring together the plot that keeps you engaged. Susanna has a background that makes the reader question her choices at times. However, she finally pulls through her wits and determination. Her character has been developed well. With shades of grey, she feels very human and real. The plot itself is interesting and makes you want to know what happens. The sub plot only adds to the intrigue of the original plot. Though things aren’t really a big mystery, it is just enough of intrigue to keep you glued to the pages.

Though this is not Diane Chamberlaine’s best, it is a well narrated and balanced story that had me engaged throughout.
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Seems like I am reading all the heart-wrenching books this summer. This book is the journey of Susanna Miller and her son Tyler. The book begins with Susanna Miller losing custody of eleven month old Tyler to her ex-husband Jim and his wife Peggy. Instead of handing over Tyler to Jim & Peggy, she runs away from Boulder as the thought of not being around Tyler every day scares her and she cannot go through the pain of losing her only family, her child Tyler. Thus starts the journey of a mother who wants nothing but to be with her son all her life.
Susanna has everything planned; she leaves behind her old life and starts her new life in a completely new city and as a completely different. While in Boulder everyone is in shock with Susanna’s move and her friends are initially disappointed as she leaves without informing anyone, but on the other hand support her decision. Peggy and Jim are determined to get Tyler back and leave no stone unturned to find Susanna; they register with the Missing Children Association and declare a cash reward for the person who would get them to Susanna. On the other side Susanna start’s her new life, making some new friends, and working and makes sure that she is around Tyler all the time. When she purchases a new computer for herself, she finds some files that the owner might have forgotten to delete; initialing ignoring the connection of the information has with her surroundings. But once she cracks the information down, she knows she has to come out of her secondary identity in order to save many lives around her. She is in dilemma, whether to save the lives of the innocent people or save herself and stay with Tyler her whole life.
The writing is terrific and the plot becomes more and more intense with every page turned. Up until the last page the author is able to hold the suspense of what comes next. Definitely one of my best reads of 2017.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 211 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Fell way short of expectations this time 18 March 2017
By JudylL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I usually love Dianne Chamberlain books. Necessary Lies was one of my favorite books ever. But The Escape Artist fell very, very
Short. First - many characters were simply dislikable. Others seemed oblivious and sometimes down right stupid. I understand the story takes place in 1997, but I felt that the whole establishment of a false ID was glossed over and over simplified. The big mystery of the file felt odd and poorly constructed- particularly looking back once you know the identity of the bomber. Finally, the ending is horrible. It felt like she hit her deadline, and rather than the 2 or 3 chapters the story needed to wrap up well, she wrote a paragraph and called it good. I usually finish her books a bit sad that my time with the characters is over. This time, I was glad to see them go.
4.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner, but the author and I do not see eye to eye... 19 December 2015
By Teddie S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Let me say at the beginning that this book is a page-turner, so I'm not going to give it a bad review. But I do have an issue with the basic premise of the story.

A young mother, Susanna, runs away with her infant son (named Tyler) when custody is awarded to her ex-husband. Susanna had been at a disadvantage in court because her ex-husband was an attorney and had money. He successfully argued that he and his new wife could give Tyler a better home because they were financially, as well as emotionally, more stable than the child's mother. It's impossible not to be sympathetic with Susanna. She sacrificed her own education to put her husband through law school, and one day when she excitedly hurried home to tell him she was pregnant, she found him in bed with another woman.

My problem with the premise of the story is, it seems the author doesn't even question the mother's decision to run away with her child. I agree the judge's ruling was unjust and heartbreaking for Susanna. She loved Tyler while her ex-husband was indifferent. He only fought for custody because his new wife couldn't have children and wanted to raise Tyler. However, what quality of life could Susanne provide for her son by running away with him? It's not as if she was protecting Tyler from an abusive father. Indifferent, yes, but not abusive. And in fact, the stepmother did truly love the child. Also, Susanna was awarded visitation rights, so she would still be in Tyler's life. So, while I am sympathetic with Susanna, I cannot buy the premise that her motive was unselfish. She was thinking of her own feelings, not what was in her child's best interest.

Having gotten that off my chest, I will reiterate that this book is a page-turner. It's got some interesting characters and has some suspense. I give it four stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, altho seemed the end was not really tied up well. 5 December 2016
By F. Tague - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book, extremely interesting to me. Won't get into details, many have done that some time ago. I have questions!
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A MOTHER TAKES DRASTIC ACTION 30 January 2015
By Laurel-Rain Snow - Published on Amazon.com
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When Susanna Miller loses custody of her 11-month old son Tyler to her ex-husband Jim and his new wife Peggy, she is afraid that her life is over.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A mother's Love put to the test 21 December 2013
By Goofy Country Mommelia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love Diane chamberlain books. This book made me think about the lengths she went to keep her baby. Add a spicy new relationship, parental kidnapping, and a few too many bombs. That is only starters, how can someone learn what is really important in life, if they loose perspective? Not much. There were moments when you hold your breath hoping nothing else goes wrong for the little town. All I can say is just read this book, give it a chance and see what you feel.