Getaway by Lisa Brackmann

75%

14 Critic Reviews

Puerto Vallarta provides a lush backdrop for Brackmann’s richly drawn ex-pat world, which is as eccentric as it is dangerous.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Michelle Mason tells herself she’s on vacation. A brief stay in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. It’s a chance to figure out her next move after the unexpected death of her banker husband, who’s left behind a scandal and a pile of debt. The trip was already paid for, and it beats crashing in her sister’s spare room. When a good-looking man named Daniel approaches her on the beach, the margaritas have kicked in and she decides: why not?

But the date doesn’t go as either of them planned. An assault on Daniel in her hotel room, switched cell phones and an encounter with a “friend” of Daniel’s named Gary gets Michelle enmeshed in a covert operation involving drug runners, goons, and venture capitalists. Michelle already knows she’s caught in a dangerous trap. But she quickly finds that running is not an option. If she’s not careful, she’ll end up buried in the town dump, with the rest of the trash. Now she needs to fight smart if she wants to survive her vacation.


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About Lisa Brackmann

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Lisa Brackmann has worked as a motion picture executive and an issues researcher in a presidential campaign. A southern California native, she currently lives in Venice, California, with her three cats. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Rock Paper Tiger, was an Amazon Best Book of 2010.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Soho Press. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Getaway
All: 14 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 01 2012

Brackmann strikes exactly the right mood in this frantic look at an ordinary woman who can’t seem to claw her way out of the mess in which she’s managed to land.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Puerto Vallarta provides a lush backdrop for Brackmann’s richly drawn ex-pat world, which is as eccentric as it is dangerous.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Jun 12 2012

Brackmann writes in an engaging way that languidly draws the reader in, while driving the plot with the abandon of a Tijuana taxi driver.

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Night Owl Suspense

Excellent
Reviewed by Sia McKye on Apr 27 2012

What follows is an edge of your seat, believable, and tightly woven story of suspense and danger played out in the steamy underbelly of Mexico—where winning means you LIVE.

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Jewish Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathon Kirsch on May 23 2012

...a vivid, poignant and revelatory account of Anne Frank’s family of origin.

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Gather Books

Good
Reviewed by Pat S. on May 26 2012

Pick up GETAWAY, fasten your seat belt, and prepare for a roller coaster thrill!

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on May 18 2012

Rapid pacing and tight plotting will keep you turning pages...the ending will leave you wanting more of this talented author.

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Pop Culture Nerd

Below average
Apr 17 2012

Getaway is like a vacation fling--it may not leave a deep impression, but it's diverting enough while it lasts.

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Tzer Island

Below average
May 01 2012

Michelle is timid, dependent, remarkably uninformed about world events, and prone to making bad decisions -- the antithesis of characters like Lisbeth Salander or Vanessa Michael Munroe.

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Crimespace

Good
Reviewed by Cathy on May 08 2012

What's unexpected and completely refreshing is the fact that it is also an in-depth character study of a woman caught up in bizarre circumstances who's forced to fight for her survival when there's no one else she can trust.

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Cozy Little Book Journal

Good
Reviewed by Mary Lavers on Mar 31 2012

It's light, genuinely engaging, full of intrigue (but not too difficult to follow, even if you were on your third margarita while sunbathing on the beach).

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The Internet Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Sue Ellis on Apr 10 2012

The story is anything but predictable as it seesaws toward the end--an intense, action-packed adventure...Getaway is sharp, fast-moving, and a fine read.

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Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on Apr 17 2012

I never really connected with Michelle, I wanted Danny to have more charisma, and some characters had so little impact that I almost wondered why they were included at all.

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International Noir Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Glenn Harper on Feb 14 2012

Getaway...is an interesting and entertaining update on the damsel-in-distress story (from the damsel's point of view) as well as the Ambler-esque spy thriller.

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