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Written by Michael Robotham


150 hrt


Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released?

Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.








Intense, Riveting Read!!    5-stars


It’s been a bit of time since I’ve read a thriller – so many good Christmas books out there to indulge in – and this one has been languishing in my list for far, far too long. One of the most riveting novels I’ve read this year, and most definitely an author I’m going to be looking to for more thrills!

Audie Palmer escapes from prison the day before his release date. That seems quite ridiculous to most people – me included – but is there someone out there who knows why? This is a slow release book, evenly paced throughout the story with enough revelations to keep the reader riveted. The tension is palpable and it makes for an intense, riveting read! Did I know where it was headed – NO. Did I suspect how it would play out – Absolutely NOT. Did I enjoy it? Oh, YES, each and every word. Loved, loved, loved everything about this one, and feel very appreciative for the author’s skill in writing such a superbly structured story – one I won’t forget for quite some time. I’ve already recommended it to my nearest and dearest – and he’s so picky you’d hardly believe it!

My thanks to Little, Brown Book Group for my copy via NetGalley. I chose to read this of my own free will – and I’m so sorry it took so long to reach the top of my list!


Tags: thriller


  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardback, audio
  • Size: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date: 29 July 2014
  • Purchase Links: GooglePlay
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Meet the Author


71+MaSH6BxL._UX250_Gold Dagger award winner, Michael Robotham began his writing career as an investigative journalist working across Britain, Australia and America. Later he became a ghostwriter, collaborating on 15 ‘autobiographies’ for politician, pop stars, soldiers and adventurers. Twelve of these books became Sunday Times bestsellers.

Michael’s haunting psychological thrillers have been translated into twenty-three languages and are currently in development for TV by Bonafide Films. He is a two time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s Crime Novel of the Year, and has twice been shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger and twice for the CWA’s acclaimed Gold Dagger award, which he won in 2015 with his standalone thriller, LIFE OR DEATH.

Michael lives in Sydney with his wife and three daughters.

His website is:






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