Escape – Barbara Delinsky

“One Friday Morning, Emily realises that, somewhere in life, she has chosen the wrong path.  She’s stifled by her job as a New York lawyer, she barely sees her husband, James, and their attempts to start a family have proven unsuccessful.

So Emily escapes.  She walks out of the office, turns her phone off, packs a bag and leaves New York.  She doesn’t even tell James she’s leaving …

But when a new path leads back to her past, and an old lover, new problems arise.  As Emily begins to carve out a new life, where does that leave everything and everyone she left behind?”

I was lucky enough to win this book from a giveaway on The Little Reader Library.  I liked the sound of the synopsis but I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book – I quickly found myself sinking into the plot and I just couldn’t stop reading in my quest to find out what Emily would decide to do with her life.

Emily had a busy life with lots of pressure, not just from work but from friends and family too.  She got to the point where she couldn’t take any more and to be honest just reading about what her life was like made me feel claustrophobic, I completely understood why she felt the way she did and I absolutely loved the moment when she decided to walk away from it all.

There were a few things that were not fully revealed straight away, just little hints of past events which made me keen to find out what they were.  There was also a lot about coyotes and I couldn’t really figure out the significance of them.

I enjoyed reading about the refuge and Emily’s time with the cats, having done something similar in my own life this was a part of the book that I could relate to and it brought back many memories.

It was great to see the change in Emily as the story progressed, she began to figure out what direction she wanted her life to go in and I have to confess that I predicted a different outcome but felt happy that the right decision was made.  I never really figured Jude out, he was clearly a wanderer but I felt there was something hidden that he wouldn’t show.  James grew on me throughout the book, at the beginning I really didn’t like him but the more I found out about him the more I warmed to him.

There were moments that made me smile and moments that made me cry, the last few pages in particular left a big smile on my face and that is how I will remember this book.

A thought-provoking read that completely drew me in.

Escape can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Barbara Delinsky visit her website here.