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)
This book had me searching the internet for more history of both the Hebridean islands and early immigration to Canada. Normally a reader of crime fiction this book did this and so much more. A great read and I will now go and look for more Peter May books.
History, Mystery, Depth.
At times the ancient Sime made me think of Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series with the first person narrative providing a rich background of Highland life, the clearances, and the journey to a new land as an immigrant. Just brilliant.
My favourite scenes were those depicted in the diary; life as a tenant under the laird, the hunting of the stag, the journey in steerage, and especially the allocating of lands by lot. Such a wealth of interesting history enmeshed in a beautiful story. My uncle Bob, a Mackenzie, hailed from Lewis and its wonderful to hear stories of his part of Scotland.
Oh yes. I listened to it in the car, in bed and every spare moment I could find.
A warm thanks once again to both Peter May and Peter Forbes for a brilliant partnership of writing and delivery. Would love to hear more of Sime McKenzie.
"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.
"Love this narrator!"
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.
"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.
Yes, great narration with all the accents!
I liked the flashbacks taking us back to the Isle of Lewis and Harris
Simon, of course
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!
"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!
"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 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.
"Predictable, annoying and not for me."
Peter Forbes did a good job but I will not be buying another Peter Forbes novel.
I wanted a crime novel and got a implausible love story spanning 3 centuries with a bit of a crime tacked on the end.
"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.
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.
what a load of rubbish, poor poor plot don't waste your time . I enjoyed the Lewis trilogy but it's like he totally ran out of ideas. I won't be listening to any more of his books
It needs better pace and more character development. It's a bit 'thin'.
The irritating use of modern knowledge/language in the ancestor's narrative and his all-singing, all dancing, self-proclaimed superhero status.
Investigating the "man-child".
I'm a bit bewildered by the good reviews on this. Just not to my taste I suppose.
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