|Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK|
3rd February 2014
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.
I didn't expect to really care about the characters (I guess I pre-judged them because they prisoners), but Barry is so childlike that I felt sorry for him, and Colin is so desperate not to miss the birth of his first child that I was willing the plan to work.
The plan for Colin's escape is rather ingenious, although I doubt it would work today. It's no surprise that the plan is Barry's idea, he certainly isn't a mastermind but it is Barry's rather naive view of the world that leads him to believe that anything is possible.
Barry and Colin are the books only two main characters, everyone else is very much on the periphery but integral to the story. Miss La Plante uses Barry and Colin's relationship to drive the plot forward at a great pace without the story feeling rushed. The Escape is fast paced and thrilling. There is also a rather dramatic change in circumstances towards the end which I really wasn't expecting, but I don't want to give away a plot spoiler so you will just have to pick it up and read it.
9 out 10 KDS points.
My read for September is the second novel by Joanna Sheen & Julia Wherrell based in the beautiful fictional village of Swaddlecombe in Devon. You can read my review about the first novel here.