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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brackmann follows up her debut, Rock Paper Tiger, an Amazon Best Book of 2010, with a sinister tale of a vacation gone bad. After Michelle Mason’s L.A. real estate husband dies suddenly and leaves her in the financial lurch, Michelle travels to Puerto Vallarta to unwind and take a break from her stateside woes. There she meets Daniel, a handsome private pilot who’s part of Puerto Vallarta’s thriving ex-pat community. Danny appears to be the perfect candidate for a vacation fling, until Michelle and Danny are attacked in her hotel room. When she tries to leave Mexico a few days later, she’s stopped by police, who conveniently find cocaine in her bag. Bailed out by Gary, a fellow American and a so-called friend of Danny’s, Michelle finds herself stuck in Mexico without a passport—and forced to spy on Danny as she’s drawn into a labyrinth of drug dealers and power struggles that crisscross borders. Puerto Vallarta provides a lush backdrop for Brackmann’s richly drawn ex-pat world, which is as eccentric as it is dangerous. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (May)
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"Getaway draws you in with the immediate force of its sensuous atmosphere, its living and breathing characters, its riveting plot – and most of all, with its sheer believability. Did you ever get drunk on a holiday and do one or two things the guidebooks say you shouldn’t? Well, this is what it could have led to…"
Lene Kaaberbøl & Agnete Friis, New York Times bestselling authors of The Boy in the Suitcase

"Brackmann strikes exactly the right mood in this frantic look at an ordinary woman who can't seem to claw her way out of the mess in which she's managed to land."
Kirkus Reviews

"Brackmann follows up her debut, Rock Paper Tiger, an Amazon Best Book of 2010, with a sinister tale of a vacation gone bad...Puerto Vallarta provides a lush backdrop for Brackmann's richly drawn ex-pat world, which is as eccentric as it is dangerous."
Publishers Weekly

International Noir Fiction: “The ending fulfills several strands of the book without totally wrapping up others. It almost suggests the ending of the Tony Scott film, veering off into a half-fairy tale, half metafictional other world: Getaway's ending is more believable than that of True Romance, but it's open-ended and contains elements of wish-fulfillment in the same sort of way…. Altogether, Getaway, due from Soho Press in May, is an interesting and entertaining update on the damsel-in-distress story (from the damsel's point of view) as well as the Ambler-esque spy thriller.”

Praise for Rock Paper Tiger

“Lisa Brackmann’s novel gets off to a fast start and never lets up.... Be prepared for a wild ride.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Timely and hip.... Brackmann can write.”
Boston Globe

“A pulse-racer.”
Entertainment Weekly

Library Journal
On vacation in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta, newly widowed Michelle Mason has a fling with a good-looking stranger named Daniel. But after Daniel is attacked in her room and she is arrested for drug possession, Michelle quickly realizes that her holiday romance is turning into a nightmare. Her only option is to locate Daniel and hope he can help her find a way out of this mess before it is too late. VERDICT The ideal staycation thriller for armchair travelers from the author of the best-selling Rock Paper Tiger.
Kirkus Reviews
Brackmann (Rock Paper Tiger, 2010) returns with a thriller set in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta. Michelle, who has lost both her husband and her financial foothold, meets a handsome stranger, Daniel, while she's on vacation in Puerto Vallarta. But when that stranger turns out not to be the man he seems to be, Michelle finds herself stuck in a terrible state of déjà vu: Her late husband, Tom, left her deep in debt and wondering how she could have been married to a man who could sustain so many lies. After two men break into Michelle's hotel room and beat Daniel, sending him to the hospital, Michelle discovers their phones have been switched. She tracks Daniel after finding his friends at their local hangout and stumbles into a frightening situation that Daniel attributes to his friend Gary's odd sense of humor. When Michelle attempts to leave Mexico behind and return to California and what remains of her life, she finds herself in a Mexican jail on a trumped-up charge of drug possession. Soon, Michelle finds that few in the expatriate community of Puerto Vallarta are really who or what they have pretended to be, and her world has now been diminished to a single objective: Get out of Mexico alive. Brackmann paints Michelle as a woman who has spent most of her life taking Pilates classes and decorating her upper middleclass home only to find that her husband was a complete fake. Unable to see much of a future for herself, she's suddenly thrust into a world where brutal drug dealers rule and fear is her everyday companion. Caught between two men and unsure which one is the bad guy and which one is the good guy, or even if there is a good guy, the author offers a darkly plausible plot that might make readers think twice about making casual acquaintances on holidays. Brackmann strikes exactly the right mood in this frantic look at an ordinary woman who can't seem to claw her way out of the mess in which she's managed to land.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616950712
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 549,529
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Pretty good

    A tense, fast paced read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Even Paced Thriller

    Although this book portrays Puerto Vallarta in a seedy light, it is well-written. The author keeps the book evenly paced and without the thrill a minute expectation that seems to flood every other major writer. The book is a good beach read and leaves you wanting more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Loved it!

    I love Puerto Vallarta so of course I loved this book but I think anyone who enjoys a suspenseful, mystery-type book would enjoy this read. Once I started, I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Mexico, Margaritas, and Murder Lots of folks go a little loco


    Mexico, Margaritas, and Murder

    Lots of folks go a little loco in Puerto Vallarta, land of sun, sand, tequila, and (if you’re a lucky woman in need of some self-esteem building), a one-night stand with a handsome, dangerous man.

    Michelle Mason is that lucky woman. A new widow left disillusioned and penniless by her rat of a husband, she’s having one last fling on a vacation that had already been paid for before the SOB died and left her world in chaos. Or what she thought of as “chaos”, because she’s about to learn the REAL meaning of that word.

    An accidental switch of cell phones with handsome ex-pat Daniel and suddenly Michelle is seeing the darker side of this vacation paradise. The side with quasi-official government men with guns, drug cartels, Mexican jails, bodies piling up around her, and secrets that can turn her into one of those dead bodies. Where do you turn when your passport has been confiscated, your family has been threatened, you’ve been thrown into jail, and the only man you can remotely trust is the one who got you into this in the first place?

    I’ve been waiting anxiously for Ms. Brackmann’s newest book, after being so blown away by her debut, Rock Paper Tiger. GETAWAY is every bit as intense, real, and thrilling. Her real talent is in so realistically portraying a setting and then dropping a character that might just be you or me into this place. Then she twists the kaleidoscope and changes everything. She writes beautifully about the loveliness of a place, then unflinchingly turns over the rocks and shows us the horror that lies beneath. In this book, Michelle visits the dump in Puerto Vallarta (note: I believe this place is now closed and folks can no longer go there, but while writing the book, Ms. Brackmann visited the place. The sounds, the sites, the gut-wrenching odors, and the horror of children living in the squalor she writes so eloquently about are real).

    My stomach churned as I followed the heroine into this nightmare. I kept asking myself what I—an ordinary middle class woman like Michelle—would do. I’d have been just as lost and horrified as Michelle. And I would hope that—like Michelle—I’d find the inner strength and gut instinct to claw my way out of the morass and survive.

    In my review of her debut novel I called Ms. Brackmann “fierce”. She continues to prove me rig

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    Michelle Mason is at a crossroads in her life after the recent d

    Michelle Mason is at a crossroads in her life after the recent death of her husband. In order to recuperate and gain some perspective, she takes a trip to Puerto Vallarta where she soon meets local American Danny and finds herself caught amidst a mystery fraught with danger.

    This was an enjoyable story, but something about it fell a little flat. I think it was the character development. This is one of those suspenseful stories that keeps you guessing, and you really have no idea who to trust. Unfortunately this leads to characters that aren't very well developed, in order to assure that you don't really know who they are or whether they can be trusted. This created characters that I found mostly one-dimensional.

    And there were moments that were alluded to, but never revealed further, leaving me wondering what was happening behind scenes. Or a minor detail that seemed a focus of attention which I thought would lead to something, but it never did, so I would be left wondering why such focus was put on that little detail? Was it purposeful, to throw me off?

    This was very easy to read without bogging down the story with overly descriptive text. However in the first 100 pages there were too many slow moments, which would lead to me losing focus.

    My final word: While many of the ancillary characters orbiting around the central storyline seemed a little flat and one-dimensional, I enjoyed the guessing game of "what next?" with this story. I never really connected with Michelle, I wanted Danny to have more charisma, and some characters had so little impact that I almost wondered why they were included at all. Too many storylines were left open-ended, so I was left with too many questions after it was all over. This was a good "light" read that will keep you guessing, even after the story is over. I'd give it about 3 and 3/4 stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Aron

    Who r u

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    Posted May 11, 2014

    Unknow

    *grabs a knife* if you try to escape i will cut you. *laughs again* do you go out with that lexi girl?

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    Posted February 4, 2014

    LC

    Hey ppls. Welcome to my hotel!!! The hotel directory is at the next res. The main lobby and checkin is at res 3. Please do not post here. Thanku and welcome to LC'S HOTEL!!!

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