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The Escape (Quick Read 2014) [Kindle Edition]

Lynda La Plante
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1542 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple tale effectively told 5 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Quick Read title 9 April 2014
I received a copy of this book from Quickreads in exchange for an honest review.

The Escape is one of 6 new Quick Reads titles released last week. Quick Reads aims to bring reading to all, encouraging those who don't normally read to give it a go. The Quick Reads books are all short stories of around 100 pages written by well known authors.

In The Escape Colin is desperate to be released from prison for the day so that he can be with his wife as she gives birth to their first child. Depressed because his request for day release has been rejected Colin soon confides in his new cell mate, Barry. Barry, who enjoys the stability prison life gives him suggests that Colin takes his place, as Barry is only on remand and is soon to be released to attend court. The first half of the story tells of the pairs plans for the prison escape with the second half telling of the consequences of it.

On the surface this is a simple prison break tale. However as the story develops it becomes a story of friendship, family, love and how decisions can effect our lives in so many unforeseen ways. Even if Colin and Barry's actions are wrong, the sentiment behind them are genuine.

The book is easy to read, with short, snappy chapters and I found myself whizzing through it. Of course the beauty of a Quick Read story is that you can go at your own pace so this is also a book that you can easily dip in and out of.

This book would appeal to new readers as an introduction to the crime thriller and also to the more experienced reader wanting a quick, light read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Diabolical. 8 Feb. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
This was diabolical. The less that can be said about it the better.

I am surprised because Lynda La Plante is very much a household name and a highly respected screenplay writer and Author. I haven't read any of her work before but I have briefly come across her television adaptations. But this was shocking!

Although Lynda states at the beginning of the book that 'The Escape' is based on two actual prisoner accounts (and I have no reason to doubt what she says), this whole book is completely unrealistic and unbelievable from the very first page. Not only is every single plot twist unrealistic but this small book is littered with incredibly obvious coincidences masquerading as plot devices.

A prison guard is about to look at a photograph that would blow the whole escape plan but suddenly a fight breaks out so he doesn't look at it.

The prisoner escapes because his hand cuffs are removed in the magistrates court waiting area and his guard goes off into a separate room, leaving him alone next to the front door.

The prisoner runs out of the court and needs to find a mode of transport and just at that exact time an old man is propping a bicycle up against a shop window.

Too many coincidences. Poor, lazy writing. The biggest plot hole is the main plot itself. A plot hole bigger than the Eiffel Tower. Avoid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Porridge anyone? 24 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
What a strange little book. Adult theme but written in a Janet and John child's learning to read style. I found it almost unreadable at first, but persevered as it is a quick read. The story, although supposedly based on truth, is hard to believe and the ending is almost too good to be true. Not the worst book I have read, but certainly one of the oddest, with that peculiar prose style.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ESCAPE 3 Feb. 2014
By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Colin Burrows is in prison, a deeply unhappy man. The main reason being that his wife is about to go into labour and he has been refused permission to attend the birth of their son. Barry Marsden the man he shares his cell with prefers incarceration to the outside world, and when he finds out he is due parole he offers to swap identity with Colin so that he may see his baby being born.
A short story which from the onset was a good quality read.
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