With lightning-fast action and well-written dialog, Map of My Escape delivers a thrilling tale guaranteed to keep you reading until the last page.


About The Book

Publication Date: June 18, 2024

The shooting of a homicide detective is captured on film by a mysterious figure from a second-floor window, implicating Riley Keane, an anti-gun activist and a school shooting survivor. Riley flees Chicago for a frozen island in Lake Superior. A race to find her ensues between her secret lover—Chicago politician Finn O’Farrell—a corrupt police lieutenant, and the mysterious cameraman who extorts Riley’s family and Finn. Finn’s entanglement with Riley and the extortionist threatens his ambitious political career.

On the island, Riley ingratiates herself into the close-knit community, but when she witnesses both an islander’s murder and another death in a suspicious boating accident, the local sheriff starts asking questions that begin to unravel her true identity. As the sheriff and the FBI are closing in on Riley, Finn faces media pressure to reveal his mysterious role in that long ago school shooting. If the facts come out, Finn may go to prison, but his biggest fear is that the truth will forever sever his relationship with Riley.



The Review

In a police stakeout gone bad, anti-gun activist and civilian Riley Keane’s decision to protect her friend ends up backfiring in a big way.

Forced to go on the run, Riley flees Chicago and heads north to find refuge within a small community. However, trouble is close behind.

Map of My Escape by Cheryl L. Reed delivers a dual storyline that links Riley’s past and present. The reason for her strong opposition to guns unfolds through glimpses of her past as a survivor of a school shooting.

Not only does Riley have to dodge the police, but she’s drawn into more trouble as a result of someone blackmailing her family and high-profile boyfriend, Finn, with a video of the stakeout shooting. Couple that with some dirty cops, and Riley’s freedom is certainly not guaranteed.

As secrets come to light, causing past and present to collide, Riley must make a choice that will change everything.

With lightning-fast action and well-written dialog, Map of My Escape delivers a thrilling tale guaranteed to keep you reading until the last page.

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About The AuthorCheryl L. Reed is the author of the nonfiction book Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns and the novel Poison Girls, which won the Chicago Writers’ Association Book of the Year. A former staff editor and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and other publications, Reed‘s stories have won multiple awards, including Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She has twice been awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholar fellowship by the State Department, first in Ukraine and then in Central Asia. She splits her time between Washington, DC and her home near the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.


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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.



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With lightning-fast action and well-written dialog, Map of My Escape delivers a thrilling tale guaranteed to keep you reading until the last page.5-STAR REVIEW: MAP OF MY ESCAPE by Cheryl L. Reed