Escaping From Him
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Author: Liam Livings
Publisher: Manifold Press
Length: 51,000 words
Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …
Nowm human beings can only be pushed so far before they snap. Darryl starts off in this book with Chris; a controlling jerk! Seriously! The scary kind of relationship. With all the rules set for Darryl, when the AC goes on the fritz he goes loco and beats it to death! < I laughed there! Then he packs up and leaves Chris and steals his car. There's an accident and now he's running.
Now, I fear Chris and I fear for him through Darryl, who changes his name to Ford for protection and to be a new him.
We spend the entirety of this book rediscovering Darryl/Ford. This is a young man grown up through foster care and into an abusive relationship. Finally he's taking his life into his hands and living.
It's refreshing and he's amazingly strong. You cheer for Ford and you become invested in his success.
I enjoyed this story and recommend it.
Liam Livings lives where east London ends and becomes Essex. He shares his house with his boyfriend and cat. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and socialising with friends. He escapes from real life with a guilty pleasure book, cries at a sad, funny and camp film – and he’s been known to watch an awful lot of Gilmore Girls in the name of writing ‘research’.
One evening, flicking through the channels, he stumbled across the film, Saving Private Ryan, and it took twenty minutes of not seeing Goldie Hawn in an army uniform, before he realised it wasn’t actually the film, Private Benjamin.
He has written since he was a teenager, started writing with the hope of publication in 2011. His writing focuses on friendships, British humour, romance with plenty of sparkle.
When he’s not writing fiction he runs a manuscript appraisal service, provides marketing support to authors' publishers and ghostwrites other people’s books.
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