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The Escape Artist
     

The Escape Artist

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by Diane Chamberlain, Coleen Marlo (Narrated by)
 

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Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, Tyler, but rather than turning the little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife, she goes on the run. She dyes her hair, changes her name, and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows, including Linc Sebastian, the man who has been her best friend since childhood and who knows her

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Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, Tyler, but rather than turning the little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife, she goes on the run. She dyes her hair, changes her name, and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows, including Linc Sebastian, the man who has been her best friend since childhood and who knows her better than anyone. Susanna lands in Annapolis, Maryland, alone, frightened, and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her. Just as she's beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people . . . if she's willing to take it to the police. But going to the authorities means revealing her identity, admitting her guilt, and worst of all, losing her son.

Equal parts family drama, love story, and thriller, The Escape Artist is the poignant story of a mother's unbreakable bond with her child and the resiliency of a love that transcends distance and time.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
In her latest off-the-rack tale of domestic miseries, Chamberlain, (Reflection, 1996, etc.) leads off with a sure-fire grabber—a young mother who flees cross-country with her adored baby son, after losing a custody battle. Along the way, she confronts a romantic complications, a mystery, and fatal violence.

Susanna Miller, having seen the custody of 11-month-old Tyler (survivor of a serious heart condition) awarded to ex-husband Jim and his new wife Peggy, knows what she has to do. Beginning with a night exodus from Boulder, Colorado, Susanna will travel east, eventually settling in Maryland. She'll adopt the name "Kim," and little Tyler will answer to "Cody." Kim's only link to Boulder is the syndicated radio show of the man she loves—disc jockey Linc Sebastain, who once served a short sentence for murder. His victim was Susanna's childhood tormenter, whom Linc had known as a neighbor years before. It's Linc's past, and his present involvement in her life (along with her own few days in a mental institution), that contributed to Susanna's court KO. In Maryland, jumpy Kim finds pleasant people, particularly a local artist, the attractive Adam, who pronounces her talented. Adam makes advances, Kim communicates with Linc via fax, and Linc responds on the airwaves. Kim must soon make a terrible decision, however, involving her knowledge of the route of a serial bomber: If she alerts the police, she will certainly lose Cody permanently. Meantime, back in Boulder, Peggy, essentially a good sort, is rapidly learning that Jim is a liar and a cad. She readies a surprise, while Kim sets off to waylay the crazy, deadly bomber advancing in the dark. There'll be a nick-of-time appearance, as well as a sacrificial demise.

Chamberlain paces the flight-or-fight phases of the runaway mother's story with thoroughly professional ease: Her stories never cut deep, but they do skim along at a cheerful speed. A reliable time-passer.

From the Publisher
"Enjoyable . . . this is recommended for general collections." ---Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452661964
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels, including Pretending to Dance, The Silent Sister, and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. A RITA Award winner, she holds a master's degree in social work from San Diego State University. Diane lives in North Carolina.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has earned numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards and won an Audie Award for her narration of Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga.

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Escape Artist 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't you just love Diane Chamberlain's writing? It never ceases to amaze me how she comes up with a different plot for every book and makes me care so much about the people she's writing about. It's a love story on so many levels, woman and man and mother and child and then the most wonderful mystery. The intrigue, and trying to figure it all out, but I never seem to be successful. She always throws in a curve I never would've expected and it's always a surprise! How does she do this? I love starting one of Chamberlain's books when I have time to just relax and read. If I start at night I'm in trouble because I simply cannot put it down. You've heard of a page turner, this book defines it. Jo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read from Diane Chamberlain!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy Diane Chamberlain books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!! Couldnt put it down til i finished it. Total page turner!!!!!
Kate Seeley More than 1 year ago
Drags a bit in the beginning, but once it picks up a great story! Couldnt put it down! Very suspensful and surprising
Julia Hunter More than 1 year ago
A great read makes a fast read. 4 stars because it was rather short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of her best books by far!!!!! I love all her books but this one really touched the heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
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I enjoyed this book, although had it figured out pretty early on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While i enjoyed the story, The ending was kind of abrupt. It was a bit predictable in spots. Overall, it was an interesting story with likable characters. It wasn't my favorite by this author, though.
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GussieDW More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend any of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. This was the first time I have read a book by Diane Chamberlain and even though I have read half dozen books since reading this one, I still keep remembering what a great book this was. I was hooked from page one and I was only disappointed when it came to the end. I will be looking for more books from this author
vickie4 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read anything else by this author so I wasn't sure what to expect. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The book was very good and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was written by diane chamberlain - that is all that needs to be said! I have never been disappointed with any of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first Diane Chamberlain book I have read and I am already looking to purchase another.  Great book, couldn't put it down.
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Full of suspense
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