Review: Beyond Escape by Deborah K. Jensen

Posted: December 26, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  Deborah K. Jensen

Paperback, 336 pages

Published in 2012 by Beaver’s Pond Press

Reader Category:  Adult

Synopsis:  After separating from her husband of twenty years, Kim is in desperate need of an escape. Retreating to her parents’ home in Texas for a month, Kim encounters ample distractions, the best being Camilo, an alluring Latino man seventeen years her junior. However, when returning to Texas unearths memories of a long-ago lover, Kim discovers her unintentional involvement in a series of dangerous escapades, bringing her deeper into her past than she ever cared to venture. Beyond Escape follows Kim as she pursues a trail of drugs, murder, and secret love affairs that were meant to stay buried.

My Review: Although the title alludes to danger and intrigue, there isn’t much of that going on here.  After a hopeful start, unfortunately this book fell somewhat flat for me.  The premise is good, but I don’t believe that it followed through on its promise.  I really wanted more.  Here are my issues with the book:

The true identity of Camilo for me was predictable.

While Kim’s past was a bit dicey (even the those parts that she was not privy to), I was expecting her to be sucked back into that world and it just never happened.

Kim’s relationship with her best friend Connie and the tidbits of Connie’s life were unnecessary and didn’t really add to the story.

The ending was cut short and left a lot of unanswered questions.  Not sure if there is going to be a sequel, but I felt like I was the only one of my girlfriends left out of a really big secret.

This book may not have met my expectations, but it wasn’t a bad read.  If you are looking for something light to take on vacation, this might work for you.  However, if you are looking for something with a little more teeth, you won’t find it here.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


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