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The Escape (Quick Read 2014) [Kindle Edition]

Lynda La Plante
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Is a change of identity all it takes to leave prison?
Colin Burrows is desperate. Recently sent to prison for burglary, he knows that his four year sentence means that he will miss the birth of his first child. With his wife's due date fast approaching, he had hoped that the prison authorities would allow him to be present for the birth, but they have said no.
Sharing a cell with Colin is Barry Marsden. Unlike most of the inmates, Barry actually likes prison life because he has come from a very difficult family and been in and out of a series of foster homes. In prison, he has three meals a day and he has discovered a talent for drawing. So he is upset that he will have to leave on parole soon.
Sad to see his cellmate looking depressed, Barry hatches a plan to get Colin out of jail for the birth. It's a plan so crazy that either it will fail and get both men in deeper trouble, or it might just work.
Bestselling author Lynda La Plante's exciting tale of one man's escape from jail is based on a true story.

About the Author

Lynda La Plante bestowed John Moores University with a creative writing scholarship in her hometown of Liverpool and is an honorary member of the British Film Institute. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has also awarded Lynda with the Dennis Potter Writers Award. She was awarded a CBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List (for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity), and was presented with the prestigious TV Spielfilm Award for her television adaptation of her novel Above Suspicion at the International Film and Television Festival Conference in Cologne. In 2009 Lynda was inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame . Her novels have all been international bestsellers.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1542 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (3 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTDKTHY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple tale effectively told 5 Feb 2014
By SEM
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My initial opinion in the early stages of this short story was that I was heading for a rather pedestrian read...I was wrong! This ultimately engaging story is told in down-to-earth-fashion and almost without realising it I was totally reeled in.

This is the stirring story of a lasting friendship born out of an identity switch/prison escape plan or as the escapee Colin at one point calls it an "insane plan". The character of Colin is sympathetically written, he is a man who has pulled his life around with a marriage and an expected child seemingly sealing the deal when he discovers to his despair that the law doesn't forget. Finding himself inside he makes friends with Barry, a prisoner on remand, and an unlikely plan is hatched to allow Colin to escape to attend the birth of his child after his request for day release is denied.

As the author is Lynda La Plante it is rather a given that the writing is good, cleverly and in an understated manner she ensures that these characters get under your skin. I would have also quite liked it if it had been possible to glean something about the reaction of the kindly prison officer Reardon to the later dramatic events. I read this on the journey in to work and the story's motivating message really helped set me up nicely for the day. This is all based on a true story and is well worth a read.

An engrossing 4* read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SHORT READ 27 Feb 2014
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This is an unusual plot for Linda LaPlante but a very humane outlook on two small time criminals,well handled and a good insight into some peoples predicaments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 27 Feb 2014
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Ok for a quick read. Don't think revues should require so many words puts me off bothering. Xx xx xx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Story 13 Feb 2014
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Lynda La Plante has written an enjoyable short story. Colin is serving a 4 year jail sentence. He befriends Barry, a sympathetic fellow inmate shortly due parole. Barry finds prison life undemanding without any outside pressures. Colin's partner, Karen is pregnant, and he is desperate to see her and attend the birth. Barry is not that keen on being released and so the plans for a high-risk identity switch and Colin's escape are hatched. This is intriguing and just about believable. An engaging short story from a masterly tale-spinner that stretches the imagination even if based on a true incident.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 9 July 2014
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I haven't read this story yet so cant comment on it at present. Dorothy Everett
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 3 July 2014
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Haven't read it yet but sure it will be good as I like her writing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lynda La Plante Quick read 1 July 2014
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Quick read and very entertaining, as Lynda La Plante always is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read 30 Jun 2014
By Ange
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Not the usual Lynda La Plante book but okay for a quick read and enjoyed it for a change although a bit unbelievable it was enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read love Lynda La Plante
Good as always, best author ever, can't wait to read new one on holiday soaking up sunny Mexico. Thank you
Published 13 days ago by Billy
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
well written, good clear characters if rather an odd story line. If you like quick read I would recommend this.
Published 13 days ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
for a quick read this was really enthralling, very well written as always, and it drew you in and seemed longer.
Published 20 days ago by Simon James Dutton-Wrigley
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy read
Nice little quick read, from a great author. But did come to a shape end, worth a read to fill a couple of hours
Published 29 days ago by Dan Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Short n Sweet
Although a quick read, still very good, but wouldn't have expected anything less from the Lady. As a confirmed fan, as always I would recommend this book, but I'm sure that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MRS LINDA A KEEBLE
5.0 out of 5 stars The Escape
An excellent quick read.
I didn't want it to end.

I would defiantly recommend this book to others

Dee from Brighton
Published 1 month ago by Dorothy Davitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
This is a perfect read for travelling a short journey or just out in the garden, Lynda La Plante doesn't let you down with this one, I always enjoy her books so I will recommend... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars The Escape
As always thoroughly enjoyable and couldn't put it down. - also as usual Amazon are requesting more words so here they are ...
Published 1 month ago by Alice
4.0 out of 5 stars Report on The Escape
Good but not great. Rather a overly sweet ending almost as we would all like to happen to the poor chap
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Sandra Nicholas
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