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Entry Island | [Peter May]

Entry Island

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.
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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.

©2013 Peter May (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc

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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    Diane Challenor Australia 04-17-15
    Diane Challenor Australia 04-17-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Another excellent story from Peter May"

    This is a stand alone story from Peter May, with a good plot driven core and an interesting historical backdrop. The narration is perfect. The characters are full of body. We enjoyed it and will be seeking out more of Peter May's work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta 02-06-14
    Roberta 02-06-14
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    "Love this narrator!"
    What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

    I loved Peter Forbes's depiction of the different characters through his voice. The different accents for the different characters really helped bring the story to life! I have never heard such wonderful narration in an audio book - I will be looking for other books narrated by Mr. Forbes.


    Any additional comments?

    Intriguing story. I thought it was going to be a fantasy-time travel story, with the main character's connection to his great-great-great grandfather. Great combination of historical fiction, mystery, and romance. I hope to find more books like this on Audible.com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 11-04-14
    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 11-04-14

    Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!

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    "History Comes Alive!"

    A fitting read as Remembrance Day approaches! Stop and look around at our beloved country. This book will reaffirm the struggles, determination, pride and the hell that was wrought by our ancestors to provide a decent life for their family. Bless them and remember their contribution to what we have now.

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    Cathrine 06-10-14
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    "Fantastic story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great narration with all the accents!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the flashbacks taking us back to the Isle of Lewis and Harris


    Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favorite?

    Simon, of course


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  • Charlie
    Perth, Australia
    1/12/14
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    "Exceeded our expectations!"
    Where does Entry Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very close to the Bob Skinner series! The mental pictures of the couontry side, both on the Isle of Lewis and on the Entry Island in Canada brought back powerful memories of our visits to both places in our younger days!It does take a wee while to "get into the story" but, it is well worth it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sime Mackenzie both the detective and the historical figure with the same name is my favourite character.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene we most enjoyed was the sailing ship at the Glasgow docks in the 1800s, where the two young people were running away, to make a new life together. We could "see" the bustling crowds and "hear" the sounds of a busy port.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    By the end, it was one of the few books which we intended to listen to again, in one sitting to make sure we didn't miss anything! Our start was a little bit here and a little bit there - which made it a bit disjointed as the story moved from the past to the present.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters came to life in the reading by Peter Forbes. Scottish, Canadian, Gaelic, men, women and children were all seamlessly woven together as the fabric of the story!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    1/24/14
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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.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Regina, SK, Canada
    1/6/14
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    "A wonderful way to start a new year"

    I am so glad that I listened to this book rather than read it. Peter Forbes is excellent at portraying the characters and evoking the mood of the time. On the frigid Canadian prairie where the wind chills went to -50c this past week, it made for perfect listening. A profoundly moving book that brings to life what horrors must have been endured during the Highland clearances and also as waves of Scots made their forced voyage to Canada.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Guernsey Girl
    Guernsey, Channel Islands
    1/11/14
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    "Another classic."
    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this book - both the story and the fantastic narration. When's the next one coming out?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    12/30/13
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    "I didn't want it to end"
    Where does Entry Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in my top five listens, it was one of those books which had me wondering about the characters even when I wasn't listening and couldn't wait to get back to it each day.


    What other book might you compare Entry Island to, and why?

    The Killing which also had me gripped from the start.


    What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

    Everything, his accents were believable, each character was so easy to identify, one of the best narrations I have listened to. A poor narrator can occasionally spoil an otherwise good listen but Peter Forbes was exceptionally good and I will look forward to his reading again.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really no, just a thoroughly enjoyable tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really surprised to see one very negative comment published, for me anyway this is probably the best book for 2013.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    12/18/13
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    "Brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to Entry Island the most enjoyable?

    Really enjoyed the past and future intertwining, was done very well good atmosphere and well paced.
    Felt like you moved quickly and easily across continents and centuries with intelligent narrative and a beautifully painted picture of each area.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes listened to it very quickly, disappointed it was over.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "Another stoater!,"

    Having read the most excellent Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and the Chess Men trilogy I thought I would give this a go as it's by the same author. He did not disappoint I loved this. I could listen to this narrator forever his accents are phenomenal.
    The story is based on the terrible injustice suffered by the people in the north of Scotland after the Highland Clearances their voyages by sea to settle far from home in Canada and what happened thereafter.
    You can't go wrong with this author - could you just hurry up and write some more as I have to keep re reading these books!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • JANE WILSON
    1/16/14
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    "A GOOD READ"
    Any additional comments?

    I can't stand these "Question" style reviews. This is NOT a reading group.
    After reading the Lewis trilogy, I acquired all of Peter May's books, and have almost read them all. This book is just as well written as the others, and the plot is OK. But for some reason, it lacked the intensity of the others. Still worth reading though. Narrator was excellent.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Earnest
    6/19/14
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    "One Hebrides tale too many"
    What would have made Entry Island better?

    The Lewis Trilogy were a worthwhile read. Perhaps by trying the formula, with clumsy, patched on variations, it was bound to fail. Jarring asides into "clinical explanations of insomnia," "how to deal with the aftermath of a divorce," "expounding my research into my lineage," all served to destoy any flow to the narrative. Had the author confined to his usual adept renditions of landscape and characterisation the reader might have been distracted and irritated less.


    What was most disappointing about Peter May’s story?

    The loss of perspective and therefore distance by an author betrays his destructive biases. Too often the reader of this novel is made to witness a sniffling, grumpy old man instead of joining the narrative in exploring a good story.


    What aspect of Peter Forbes’s performance might you have changed?

    Whereas his very quiet, almost bland interpretations of the accents and emotions of charcters and descriptive passages in previous readings, in this example an already tedious text became even more dull and barren.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Entry Island?

    Cut all the non innovative personal asides on divorce..show the betrayal, yes, but let an intelligent reader work with the material. The same for the endless insomnia details. Far too much expository material regarding the past is repeated over and over in almost exactly the same words.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Dumfries, United Kingdom
    3/31/14
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    "TOO MANY COINCIDENCES, TOO PREDICTABLE!"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Weak and predictable.


    What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

    He is an excellent narrator of Peter May's Hebridean stories.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    There were just too many coincidences to make it believable. I don't think it is Peter May's finest hour. I found his language to be less evocative than in the Lewis Trilogy and, at times, cloying. A lot of people obviously enjoyed it more than I did. I finished it out of loyalty but cannot say that I enjoyed it.
    However, it is good that he has enlightened the world as to some of the atrocities that took place during the Highland Clearances

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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