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
"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)
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.
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.
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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.
Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!
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.
Yes, great narration with all the accents!
I liked the flashbacks taking us back to the Isle of Lewis and Harris
Simon, of course
"Exceeded our expectations!"
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!
Sime Mackenzie both the detective and the historical figure with the same name is my favourite character.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
"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.
I LOVED this book - both the story and the fantastic narration. When's the next one coming out?
"I didn't want it to end"
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.
The Killing which also had me gripped from the start.
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.
Not really no, just a thoroughly enjoyable tale.
I was really surprised to see one very negative comment published, for me anyway this is probably the best book for 2013.
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.
Yes listened to it very quickly, disappointed it was over.
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!
"A GOOD READ"
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.
"One Hebrides tale too many"
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.
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.
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.
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.
"TOO MANY COINCIDENCES, TOO PREDICTABLE!"
Weak and predictable.
He is an excellent narrator of Peter May's Hebridean stories.
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
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