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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

The Perfect Escape

Daniel Hurst Books

Catterall Press

ISBN: 978-1739442910

Publication Date: 07/15/2023

Format: e-book

My Rating: 4 Stars

I just wanted a place where we could get away from it all. But coming here was one of the worst mistakes of my life...

After the year Aidan and I have had, we needed some respite. My husband is overworked, whilst I'm anxious about the past, so renting a night at this converted barn house in the countryside seems like the perfect place for the pair of us to relax and unwind. It might be situated at the bottom of a large garden, but it's private enough that we don't have to mingle with the homeowners who live nearby. Or at least that's what I thought...

No sooner have we checked in for our peaceful stay, Aidan and I are invited to share a drink with the owners, Bridgette and Logan, in their opulent home. I want to politely refuse. After all, we came here to get away from people. But Aidan accepts the invitation and that's when things start spiralling out of control. That's when I realise that this is not going to be the perfect escape after all...

A fast paced and gripping psychological thriller from the author of The Couple In The Cabin, My Daughter's Boyfriend and the number one bestselling novel The Doctor's Wife.

My Review

The king of psychological thrills returns following My Daughter's Boyfriend with his latest, THE PERFECT ESCAPE, an over-the-top witty, entertaining, fun psychological thriller with more twists than the Pacific Highway, where the title means more than a perfect weekend leisurely relaxing getaway—when the ideal escape means 'out of the country' to outrun your many crimes.

ENTERTAINING! Beware —Always look over your shoulder. No one is safe here.

Revenge, secrets, lies, betrayal, greed, obsession, misdirection, unreliable narrators, and MURDER! Would you expect anything less from DH?

Meet the two couples. Told from Bridgette, Logan, Aidan, and Fay's POVs Before and now. Note to self: Stay away from basements.

~Fay and Aiden. 40-something couple. The visitors. This property came highly recommended. They are overwhelmed, exhausted business owners and eager to disconnect from the real world for a limited time. They booked a stay at a converted barn house in the Kent Downs area of England. The Garden of England, a beautiful countryside not far from the white cliffs of Dover—It is a no-phone calls zone, no emails, no text messages, no internet, no TV, no mobile phone signal. Off the grid, complete utter quiet. Just what they want, both are keeping secrets from one another. Both have done bad things, and it is about to get more complex.

~Bridgette and Logan. 40s, owners of the converted barn house in this remote countryside. They have been married for four years. Logan works from home in the financial sector (stocks and bonds) with a great business, money, successful and financed his wife's rental property barn conversion next to their property. Bridgette is beautiful and charming (also conniving). Logan knew nothing about his wife's past or what she is capable of. Both are hiding major secrets—the wife more so than the husband.


When Fay & Aiden are invited to Bridgette and Logan's beautiful home for drinks the first evening, they have no clue how their lives will change. Who will make it out alive, and what will they be expected to do to survive? How far would you go to save yourself and your spouse?

OK, I could go on and on about this book, but I want to avoid getting into spoiler territory. My recommendation is to go into this one blind and get ready for a wild roller coaster ride.

At first, I thought THE PERFECT ESCAPE would be similar to Miranda Rijks' The Visitors (loved-recommend, fav author— converted barn, holiday house, two couples collide, mystery, suspense, etc.).

However, nothing is the same once Fay & Aiden enters Bridgette and Logan's world. EVENTFUL! From here on out, the author keeps adding more crazy twisted things, and you must keep reading. You have no clue where the author is taking you but enjoy the journey. This is one WILD ride! OMG—What a firecracker!

A wicked game of cat-and-mouse! Who is zooming who?

Yes, the husbands are unfaithful, but nothing compares to their devious, evil twisted wives. There is a lot packed in this one book. Please do not take this one too seriously or analyze it. It is a straightforward entertaining popcorn thriller—Hurst has a wild imagination, and this one was a blast! Yes, it is over the top, unbelievable, outrageous, but funny! The final evil twist (Epilogue) was deliciously wicked. Never underestimate a scorned woman.

Get this one on Kindle Unlimited. A perfect beach read.

@JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks

Pub Date: July 15, 2023

My Rating: 4 Stars

About the Author

Daniel Hurst is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of fast paced psychological thrillers. His most popular titles include Til Death Do Us Part, The Passenger and The Doctor's Wife, the latter title reaching #1 on the Amazon UK Kindle store in February 2023. A regular KDP Select All Star since he became a full-time author in 2021, Daniel prides himself on writing fast, releasing stories often and replying to every email he receives from his readers.

You can visit him at, where you can also download a copy of his FREE thriller 'Just One Second.'







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