The Escape

Ruth Kelly

26 October 2023
596 pages


'Dark, chilling, atmospheric and page-turning, The Escape is this winter’s 'The Hunting Party' Veronica Henry

From bestselling author Ruth Kelly, The Escape is an electrifying thriller for fans of Lisa Jewell and Sarah Pearse.


When struggling influencer couple Adele and Jack post a crowdfunding video online, they’re amazed when a mysterious benefactor offers to buy them a crumbling French chateau. It’s the lifeline they need to leave all their troubles behind.


For Adele, it’s a dream come true. She will post videos of the renovation as thousands of online subscribers follow their journey. But the chateau is not all it seems and the local community is far from welcoming.


Then Adele’s videos suddenly stop. Her sister Erin visits to make sure she’s OK but the couple have vanished. Between the obsession of Adele’s fans and the claustrophobic secrecy of the nearby town, Erin must unravel the shocking truth behind the couple’s disappearance . . .

Read by a full cast, including Daphne Kouma, Meg Travers, Ayesha Antoine and Olivia Vinall, alongside Kristin Atherton, Olivia Darnley and Jon-Paul Rowden.

The French countryside is well drawn and the structure of the book has a zippy contemporary feel. An original and fun read
Dark, immersive, and tantalisingly atmospheric, The Escape is wholly absorbing and completely addictive
A beautifully paced and darkly twisted thriller. It’s like being in a deliciously crafted nightmare