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Escape Artist [Hardcover]

Diane Chamberlain
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Feb. 6 1997
About to lose custody of her infant son to her attorney ex-husband and his new lawyer wife, Susanna Miller takes the child and runs away, seeking a new life in Annapolis, Maryland, only to be confronted with a complex mystery and haunted by the dark past that could jeopardize her future.

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The one man who understands Susanna Miller says she is always running away from her troubles. True to form, she flees with her young son after losing custody to her lawyer ex-husband. It's easy to sympathize with the naive protagonist of Chamberlain's (Brass Ring, LJ 10/1/94) eighth novel. After relocating and re-creating her life as Kim Stratton, Susanna stumbles onto a serial bomber's plan for revenge. She must stop the murders without jeopardizing her new life while finding a way to face her problems head-on. Chamberlain tells a moving tale of parental love and desperation while throwing in plot twists and intrigue. Enjoyable, if a bit unbelievable, this is recommended for general collections.?Shannon Williams Haddock, BellSouth Corporate Lib., Birmingham, Ala.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When Susanna Miller loses custody of 11-month-old Tyler to her ex-husband, Jim, and his new wife, Peggy, she runs away with her son, even leaving behind her lover, Linc Sebastian. Building a new life as Kimberly Stratton with son Cody in Annapolis, Maryland, is complicated by her concern about being found and by the odd file on the used computer she buys. When it's clear that the file is linked to a series of deadly local bombings, Kim--reluctant to talk to police--seeks advice from both Linc and Adam Soria, a grieving Annapolis artist who becomes more than a friend. Chamberlain skillfully weaves flashbacks with shifts in locale, vividly describing the pain of Susanna's childhood and alternating Peggy's relentless quest for her stepson with Kim's determination to keep her son. Although some turns of plot strain credulity, they do little to lessen the pleasure of this page-turner with its last-minute surprises and eminently satisfying ending. Michele Leber

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14 2014
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Kept me interested all throughout the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read March 23 2013
By Sandra
Format:Kindle Edition
I like the feelings she draws you into and I liked the twist in the end, as she usually writes. But, I liked a couple of her other books more.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, suspensful story! Nov. 29 2001
By Judith E. Pavluvcik - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Escape Artist was my third book by Chamberlain and a very quick read. I live in the Annapolis area, which made the book even more interesting to me, as Chamberlain describes the scenes downtown near the waterfront.
This is a story of a Susanna, a single mother's fight for her only child as she looses custody to her ex-husband and his new, child hungry, unable-to-bear-children wife. Unfortunately, the theme is all too relevant today in our society, with courts awarding custody not to the parent who can provide the most loving, stable, and balanced home, but instead to the parent to has the most money and can "buy" the child. I could relate to Susanna totally and could not condone her actions, nor can any other mother reading this book! The reader is able to feel her terror and fear as she formulates her plan and carries it out. Yet it is in the day-to-day activities, in which we feel Susanna's fear and her loss of Linc. Susanna sacrifices her own happiness and her chance for love for her only child.
This book was similar to the other Chamberlain books I have read, in that there were a lot of little subplots going on, each a mystery in themselves!! I thought that the characters showed depth, emotion, and portrayed a very real believable element in the plot. Chamberlain writes of very strong female characters, who seem to push out of their paradigms and prove to themselves that they are capable, despite what family and society seems to say about them.
This book will keep you guessing to the very end and the ending once again, will take the reader completely back! I love the way Chamberlain completely fools the reader at the end, when the reader thinks they have it all figured out!! It is not what it appears to be!
Another good story from Chamberlain!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written, captivating and poignant story Aug. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Rarely does one read a book that "stays" with you. This was one such book for me. Ms. Chamberlain writes a beautifully, poignant story of one woman's journey to overcome adversity. One cannot help but feel compassion and support for the main character, Susanna as she's always looking over her shoulder wondering if and when law enforcement will find her; as well as her inner, personal struggle in becoming a strong, self-reliant, woman, especially at the climatic end of the story.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I WANTED TO ESCAPE ALSO Dec 6 2002
By Gail Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is another amazing story from Diane Chamberlain. This time she takes a young womans life which is turned upside and brings it right side up only turn it around and around again. The ride was great, I loved this book.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her normal standard June 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the fourth novel by Diane Chamberlain that I have read. Although it's a decent read, it doesn't approach the standard of her earlier novels. The plot is somewhat transparent and the depth of characterization is lacking. Her effective technique of slowly unraveling a character's past is not present here. There is little we don't know about the major characters early on, except for the mad bomber plot that lacks credibility. The romantic angle is diluted from an overall lack of drama (we know where her heart lies from page one). For those new to this author, I recommend trying Fire and Rain, Reflection or Keeper of the Light instead.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The *kayters* review Feb. 8 2003
By Katie F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Susanna Miller has just lost custody of her son, Tyler, to her ex-husband and his new wife (the other woman). Unwilling to give up taking care of her son, she runs off with him in the middle of the night, leaving behind a brokenhearted lover, Linc, her son's distressed stepmother, Peggy, and an indifferent ex-husband, Jim. She begins to make herself a new life in Annapolis, MD, light-years away from her former home in Boulder, CO. Yet she feels as though her whole existence is temporary and is constantly looking over her shoulder. Enter artist Adam Soria and his sister Jessie. Adam's wife and two children were killed seven months prior in a drunk driving accident. He and Jessie have been overcome by grief ever since, but with the introduction of Susanna (now known as Kim) and Tyler (now known as Cody) into their lives, things seem to be looking up.
Yet strange things are happening. Two bombings have occurred in Annapolis and Kim's new computer had a file on it with a list of the locations where the bombings occurred as well as more locations for apparent bombings-to-be. She returns from a trip only to find that her apartment has been broken into and her computer left on. Her brakes are tampered with. Obviously, someone knows Kim has the file.
Though this book contains many elements of romance, there is lots of suspense to flesh out the plot. It took me a while to get started, but then once I was into the book, the pages seemed to turn themselves. I am not sure if I will read more by Ms. Chamberlain or not because I was over halfway through the book before I was sure I would finish it. However, it was a good read.
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