Entry Island

  • by Peter May
  • Narrated by Peter Forbes
  • 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the ITV Crime Thriller Award Best Read 2014
Winner of the Scottish Crime Novel of the Year 2014
When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city.
Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.
The investigation itself appears little more than a formality. The evidence points to a crime of passion, with the victim's wife the vengeful culprit. But for Sime the investigation is turned on its head when he comes face to face with the prime suspect, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met.
Haunted by this certainty his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant past on a Scottish island 3,000 miles away. Dreams in which the widow plays a leading role. Sime's conviction becomes an obsession. And in spite of mounting evidence of her guilt, he finds himself convinced of her innocence, leading to a conflict between the professonal duty he must fulfil, and the personal destiny that awaits him.

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What the Critics Say

"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." (New York Times)
"A wonderfully complex book. Halfway through I was sitting up late at night, knowing I should be asleep but wanting to know more" (Peter James)
"From the first page I knew I was in safe hands. I knew I could trust this writer" (Sophie Hannah)
"He is a terrific writer and doing something different" (Mark Billingham)
"The characters were wonderfully compelling" (Kate Mosse)

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Atmosphheric, melancholy and moving

If you've listened to/read Peter May's Lewis trilogy you'll know how the author can create a powerful atmosphere as a backdrop to a story. Entry Island starts as a modern crime story set in a sparsely populated French-speaking island but then the narrative switches back and forth to the time of the Highland clearances in the Western Isles. Gradually parallels between the two main characters in Canada and two in the 19thC Scotland emerge underlined by them having the same names, which does slightly confuse at times, though the narrator helps a lot by changing from Canadian to Scottish accents. It's a book that gets better as one gets drawn into the atmosphere of the islands and the lives of the people. Melancholy pervades the book: the modern characters through failed relationships and the earlier generation struggling against the weather, isolation, poverty and injustice. The sections dealing with the cruelties of the Highland Clearances are particularly grim. Though not a happy book it is well worth listening to as it is not just another crime story but a multi-layered novel combining history, geography and vicissitudes of human experience.
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Before I review this book, I think we should get the question styled reviews outlawed, this is not a book club, like this review if u agree!

Great book, great characters, different storyline and I'd read again gladly. This cleverly written novel goes back and forth between two story lines; a murder set in the present day and how the detective's ancestors are linked with the victim's wife.
This book had me hooked from the start and I must have finished it in less than five sittings. I loved how the author came up with the history of the ancestors to the main police officer, insomniac and Scottish born Sime Mckenzie, and how this re;lated to a recent murder on the mysterious and desolate Entry Island. It had me hooked and guessing and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. Sometimes the ending can be a disappointment when the story has been built up throughout the book with so many possible outcomes, but I was very pleased in this case and I would recommend this book to anyone!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2013
  • Publisher: Quercus