Authonomy is a website where writers can post their manuscripts for other writers to read and comment on them.
Here are some of the comments given to Otti’s Escape from its airing on the site:
Poignantly observed relationships, transcending time. The post-war atmosphere in Oslo captured in fine nuances. Othilie, subduing her spirit to protect a vulnerability under the cool veneer of the mother, is a fascinating character… ‘she seemed able to harness all of that nervous energy into one decisive move whenever she chose to…it exited Fred, and unsettled him’; the scene in the sewing-room is wonderfully surreal.
Intense doesn’t describe this work. A definite must read for all those looking for a story that grips and doesn’t let go.
I found myself engrossed in the story after the first chapter, and was compelled to read on. As the story progresses Otti’s struggle becomes clearer and her final choices towards finding her own kind of happiness and breaking with the past brings the story to an exciting conclusion.
Benjamin Dancer wrote:
I’m fascinated by the story. The little details, the signal-knock, injects a tension into this scene. The innocence- the running- added intrigue and complexity. This is a subtle narrative, leaving the reader to piece things together. Lastly the contrast: The setting: Icy cold, the fear juxtaposed with love. What a scene!
Patrick Barrett wrote:
Intense and atmospheric with a world of promised intrigue. Very hard to put down.
Colin Normanshaw wrote:
Very atmospheric and engagingly written.