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  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine; Reissue edition (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345334019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345334015
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.7 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,467,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard North Patterson's fourteen previous novels include nine consecutive international bestsellers. Formerly a trial lawyer in Washington and San Francisco, he serves on the boards of several advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform and reproductive rights. He was formerly the SEC's liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor. He lives with his wife, Laurie, and their family in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard.

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ESCAPE THE NIGHT -a powerful novel of suspense and scandal, of surveillance and threat, of amnesia and obsession, of parents and children - and the long buried secret that links them all in a deadly chain. Peter Carey is the son of privilege - and an heir to terror. Poised on the brink of power over a mighty family dynasty, he is also the victim of a recurring nightmare that suddenly becomes all too real. The fate that claimed his parents many years before now stalks him too. But the key to his survival lies locked deep in Peter's own mind. And he must discover it before the final night closes in. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Richard North Patterson’s eleven novels include the international bestsellers Degree of Guilt, Eyes of a Child, The Final Judgment, Silent Witness, No Safe Place and Dark Lady. His novels have won the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Grand prix de Littérature Policière. A graduateof Ohio Wesleyan University and the case Western Reserve School of Law, he studies creative writing with Jesse Hill Ford at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife, Laurie, Live with their family in San Francisco and on Martha’s Vineyard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Best Selling Crime Thrillers on 25 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Patterson holds his novelist’s all-seeing magnifying glass to the upper strata of American society and describes what he beholds with withering insight, expressed in language which is beautifully cadenced and, at times, simply astonishing in its subtle perception---like catching a shadow.

No wonder he has sold 250 million copies of his books worldwide in a long career. Of course, Patterson knows what he is writing about because he is a distinguished citizen of the USA. He has served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio; a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. and was its liaison to the Watergate Special Prosecutor. He has had sixteen novels on the New York Times’s best-seller list. Mr. Patterson lives on Martha’s Vineyard and in San Francisco and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.

So, what do we have here, in Escape the Night?

Patterson is intrigued by patriarchy, families in thrall to a successful, dominant father and husband, whose lust for control, especially over his sons, warps their personalities with a lethal combination of fraternal jealousy, a sense of inadequacy and an overweening desire to please their father and gain his respect.

The patriarch here is John Carey, head of a book publishing empire. His eldest son is Charles and the younger brother Phillip. Charles’s wife Allie is a mentally fragile woman barely clutching fast to the slippery edges of reality. Allie falls pregnant, for her a nightmarish confrontation with reality and she produces a little boy, Peter, who grows up in this contaminated atmosphere to become the focal point of the novel.
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a complex and, at times, claustrophobic novel dealing with three generations of an American family who own an influential publishing house. The story concentrates on one man, his two sons and his grandson and shows the consequences of the obsessive pursuit of power. The story also concentrates on the events of the McCarthy era and the accusations of pro-communist interest which destroyed the lives of those caught up in the investigations - on both sides.

The author outlines the past and introduces the main characters before concentrating on the grandson Peter who is a man subject to nightmares about the events of the night of his father's death. As Peter tries to work out what has happened in the past and why it affects him now he consults a psychiatrist. The possibility that distant secrets may be revealed results in old enemies taking action to prevent the disclosure of things which woudl hurt them.

The author digs into the motivation and character of the family and of those who would destroy them in a totally believable way. Everyone seems to have an obsession that has been evident over the years and waits only the events of the present to show itself - nothing is as it seems and no one is safe.

Although the book mostly concentrates on the male members of the family I still found it accessible and compelling reading. At the centre of the book Peter is a confused but strong character - his father is ultimately weak, his uncle is unhinged, and his grandfather is stubborn and dangerous. How the author brings these characters together and develops this complex plot is very satisfying - I enjoyed this book a lot.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.
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I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

When I first started this book I was kind of wondering where it was exactly going, but as the story progressed I was finding myself wondering would Peter ever recovery from the death of his parents.

Peter had a semi happy childhood, until he was about five or six I can not truly remember his age that is when he loses his parents in the most tragic way. Then we read on to where he has grown up and now owns a majority of the company his grandfather owned. Not only that Peter seems to be missing part of his memory of when he lost his parents and because of that he has nightmares. This is when the story really starts taking off. We read on how Peter tries to go on with his normal life of running a business and being in a relationship but little does he know one who is close to him has secrets of his own. Now there is a shady character who has always had it out for the Carey's and what he did in the past carries on to the present. Everything comes together in the end and I did find myself coming to enjoy the book more than I expected to especially after the rocky first part for me. There is a lot of different things going on in the book especially descriptions and what not. If you can look past that then this may be a book you enjoy. There is a bit of thriller, suspense, murder.

There is some graphic sex scenes nothing too bad but just a heads up.
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Peter was born into a very rich, privileged family. His father however had no time for him and was devoted to his business - a publishing house. His father thought it was his duty to set this business up for his son to take over but he did not realize that he was becoming an elusive figure to his son. Any hopes Peter had of knowing his father ended with a tragic car accident where his father died.

Going forward Peter is now a successful businessman himself. However he has isolated himself from all relationships and is haunted by nightmares of his father's death but there is no coherent story or ending to the nightmare. Peter knows and understands that there is a key to unraveling the reason for his nightmares but he does not know that opening this can of worms is going to lead to threats of his own elimination and murder.

Very complicated plot and I found myself foundering in certain places as it was rather convoluted. Everyone connected to Peter had secrets of their own including the girl with whom he has at last trusted and loved. Betrayal by a family member is very difficult to come to terms with but this is what Peter has to face.

Suspense, terror, betrayal and murder are all part of this story. I did not care very much for this Patterson book though his other books have interested me a lot.
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