Friday, July 5, 2024

Map of My Escape by Cheryl L. Reed Blog Tour and Book Review


I received a gifted copy.

This was such a good book. I started this one on a Sunday and finished it by Tuesday. I imagine, if I had the time, I could’ve read this in one sitting. I have to admit that I picked this one because of the cover and the title intrigued me, Map of My Escape. I was not disappointed.

The premise is Riley and what she did. Thirteen years ago, she was at a school where there was an irate student who entered the gym. That was the day she met Reece. After that day, their friendship was solid through adulthood. Because of that day, Reece because a police officer and Riley became an activist. Someone else in Riley’s life was there that day as well, but it wasn’t until years later … Something happened in Riley’s adult life that made her leave her family and her home of Chicago.

Enter the island of Angelica, a very remote place with very secretive people. Once you become an Islander, you are protected by the people there no matter what you did. Angelica was the perfect place for Riley to hide. She also met another group of folks that she probably would never have met had she stayed in Chicago, opening her up to a new world of possibilities, a new place of dreams, even if they did get snowed in for weeks at a time in the winter.

I liked the characters. I liked the storyline. I liked the fact that Riley and Reece maintained a friendship throughout the years. This story didn’t just focus on what happened in the past, but it brought in some of the obstacles that Riley faced on her ‘escape,’ and planted clues as to how this map was being built. Angelica was not so remote that she never received any news from back home, it was just a few days late. I liked the fact that Riley is a very strong young woman and was able to at least make an attempt to move on with her life, even if it meant leaving everyone she loved behind. I found this to be a really well-written story and now I need “all the books.” Another one to add to my go-to author list.


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  1. Yes, Yes, Yes! Great book. Thanks for the nice review. So glad you loved this one as much as I did!

  2. Great review! It's wonderful when reviewers connect with a book. Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review.