Book Review: The Escape by Lisa Harris (US Marshals #1)

About the Book-

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are thrust into a high-profile case when they are called on to transport two prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest.

When Madison and Jonas regain consciousness, they find both pilots and one prisoner dead–and one fugitive on the run. They’ll have to negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry through Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado while tracking a murderer who is desperate to disappear–and will do anything to stop them.

This high-octane game of cat-and-mouse from bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris will have your heart pumping as you try to catch a fugitive with nothing to lose.

My Review-

Similar Review: The Traitor’s Pawn by Lisa Harris

This was a super exciting book! I’m not 100% convinced on the reality of the story, but it was a fun read nonetheless.

The two main characters, Madison and Jonas, are transporting two dangerous prisoners across the country when their plane crashes. The two pilots and one of the prisoners dies upon impact (which isn’t described in super high detail, but a little jarring to read first thing in the book). The other prisoner escapes, and the rest of the book follows Madison and  Jonas’ journey to recapture him.

The book was super packed with action: several chase scenes, burglaries, and interviews. The interactions that Madison and Jonas had with “civilians” were really nice and seemed believable, which was nice, since in a lot of suspense books, civilians seem to be just a plot point. There was a character who had autism, and I feel like it was handled appropriately, though I do not have personal experience with autism so I can’t say for sure (he kind of freezes/becomes overwhelmed, and Madison takes him outside and calms him down).

I enjoyed reading the backstory/character development of both the protagonists: they both have pretty rough backstories, and seeing them process their grief is really good and thought provoking. I also really liked the secondary suspense line??? I assume that will be the storyline that carries through the rest of the series (along with the romance, of course) but I definitely didn’t expect it and will be looking forwards to seeing where that leads.

Like the other Lisa Harris book I’ve read, the suspense was definitely not as believable as it could be. There were some technology items that don’t seem like they would actually be used, and there were several aspects that gave me pause. With a little bit of suspension of disbelief, it was an enjoyable read.

My Rating-


I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

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