by Hannah Jayne
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Print Length: 256 pages
Fletcher and Adam venture into the woods for an afternoon hike, but when day turns into night and neither boy returns, their town is thrown into turmoil. Avery, the detective's daughter, is the one to find Fletcher—dishelved, disoriented, and covered in blood. He has no memory of what happened, but Avery can't shake the feeling that something's off. When Adam's body is finally found, Avery is determined to uncover the truth. But if she stands by her gut, and Fletcher, is she standing by a friend, or a murderer? The answer might cost her her life.
The Escape by Hannah Jayne
What evil lies in wait for anyone daring to go into the woods? What started as a hike in the woods becomes a horrendous bloodbath of death and terror as this psychological thriller strums on every fiber of your senses. The Escape by Hannah Jayne follows the brutal attack of two best friends as a small town detective’s daughter becomes determined to find the answers everyone has been missing. Avery has always followed her father’s rules, but the victims were her friends and something is not adding up. Adam is dead, brutally and savagely murdered. Fletcher, badly injured and just barely alive is found, but his story is far from easy to swallow and people are beginning to question the events that night. Avery must find out who the killer is to help clear the shadow of doubt that has been hanging over Fletcher’s head. Will her digging around where she doesn’t belong get her hurt or worse?
Hannah Jayne has created a mature YA tale without the fluff or angst so often blended in for balance. Dark and foreboding, each scene feels taut with pressure and tension as one girl, strong-willed and loyal seeks answers to a murder that has her entire town in an uproar, fearing for the safety of their children. Avery is independent, both in attitude and thinking and her close relationship with her father is a nice twist not often seen, but they will bump heads when Avery crosses the line of safety and popular opinion. Fletcher survived, but the details are sometimes a little sketchy for that hellish night. Is it the mental aftermath or is something else going on? Ms. Jayne takes us into the minds and thoughts of both Fletcher and Avery as this chaotic mystery begins to reveal itself. This is a wonderful thriller that will linger long after that last page, could it really happen to anyone? Perfectly geared to the YA audience, dark, mysterious and edgy.
I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review.