Blog Tour Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: The Escape by Hannah Jayne

On tour with Sourcebooks.

Welcome to my tour stop for The Escape by Hannah Jayne! You can check out a guest post by the author hereThe story was messy, gritty, and kept me thinking. Check out my review below, an except, and a giveaway...

The EscapeThe Escape
by Hannah Jayne
YA Thriller, Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire


Not everyone who goes into the woods comes out…

It was supposed to be a short hike, a way for Fletcher and Adam to kill time one boring afternoon. But when day turns into night and neither boy returns home, their town is thrown into turmoil.

Search teams comb through the forest. Then Avery, the police chief’s daughter, stumbles on a body. It’s Fletcher- disoriented, beaten, and covered in blood. He has no memory of the incident, and worse yet, he has no idea what happened to the still missing Adam…

As danger and suspicion grow, one thing becomes very clear. No one can escape the truth.


My Review

Let me just start off by saying that The Escape did not disappoint. I was expecting it to be suspenseful, intense, and mess with my mind a little, and it did. I jumped right into the story and it never let me go from beginning to end.

I really liked the characters. I had empathy for the tough situation they find themselves in. It made me so sad and upset to read some of the kids', adults', and community's reactions to the situation and aftermath. As time passes after the initial incident I could feel the tension and suspense build... Just this urgency for the main character, Avery, or her dad, who is the chief of police, to figure things out. Avery was just a great character. She's smart, caring, and a little bit of a loner. I liked that she felt real. She acted and reacted as a teenager in her situation and with her background would.

The plot was steady and intense. The author would drop some clues that made me think the villain could be someone and then she made me think it was someone else and then changed again. I had an inkling of who and what was going to happen, but I could never be sure up until the very end. I also thought of several different outcomes and events that would conclude the story from where I thought it was going and I wasn't completely right there either. Thank goodness everything fell into place and it all worked and made sense. The author just did a great job of keeping me guessing, which really affects how much I like a book in this genre. 

I'd recommend The Escape to YA thriller and suspense readers who can handle a harrowing beginning and a plot with some grit and intensity.

Content: Some swearing, including a few f-words. Some fairly brutal violence and bullying. 

Source: I would like to thank Sourcebooks Fire for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.


“Hello?” she called out. “This is Avery Templeton with Search Team Five. Hello?”

The silence was complete, except for the steady thump of Avery’s heart. She took a step forward and slid on the loose earth, tumbling forward onto her hands and knees. Rocks tore skin and the knees of her jeans as she slid. When she stopped- eight, ten feet at the most- she was breathing heavily, her mind reeling. She did a quick assessment for damage. Other than the sting on her palms, nothing hurt.

So why was there blood on her hands?

She brought her hands towards her face and grimaced as the streaks of rust-colored blood-congealed, dirt stained-that covered her palms.

She wasn’t bleeding.

This wasn’t her blood.

It was then that she heard the slow gurgle, the sparse intake of breath followed by a low, throaty whisper. “Avery, you have to help me.”

Avery stared at the figure lying in front of her, allowing her eyes to adjust to the dim light.


The word came out in a desperate hiss, and he clasped a muddy, blood-caked hand around her wrist, his grip limp, his fingers trembling.

She gasped. “Fletcher?”

About the Author

Hannah Jayne

Hannah Jayne is possibly the only person living in Silicon Valley who has never worked in high tech. When she’s not writing, she’s obsessively watching HGTV or shopping at Target…also obsessively. Find out more about Hannah’s urban fantasy, young adult thrillers, and latest obsessions at

Other Books by the Author

Truly, Madly, Deadly See Jane Run The Dare 

Tour-Wide Giveaway

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