In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year's end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades.
Runaway is a crime novel covering fifty years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished; set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.
©2014 Peter May (P)2014 Quercus Publishing Ltd
Peter May - what can I say? This and the Lewis Trilogy are such beautiful prose. Even when he is describing the mundane his words are such a pleasure to listen to and always evocative of whatever he is writing about. Runaway is a great story and May manages to tell it with empathy and insight into his elderly characters as he did in 'The Lewis Man'. I found it very moving at times as well as funny and sad. The reader, Peter Forbes, is exceptional, managing to make every character distinct and doing an outstanding job of capturing the reader. I could envisage every bit of this book and could not bear to stop listening. Can't wait for Peter May's next book.
"Another Peter May Classic"
Peter Forbes is a most engaging narrator and listening to him detail the characters I was totally sucked in.
Classic Peter May, I have all his books and listening to them causes me to take the dog on the longer walk and I drive the long road home. This story had me laughing out loud standing on a train platform, it also had me welling up in places.
A simple everyday story that can be related to by most, beautifully written. A masterpiece as we have come to expect from Peter. The narrator Peter Forbes brings all to life with the warmth of a bed time story.
Superb literature that I highly recommend.
I have listened to all Peters audio books. This ranks very highly.
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Keep them coming Peter, thank you.
"A great listen!"
I have listened to most of Peter May's books but this is by far the best. The plot, the characters and the narrator make for a great listen.
"Once again brilliant."
It is not of the Lewis trilogy level but it is an engaging tale, well told that makes you feel part of the journey. Perceptions are challenge, the story is told without drama. Great ending. Sadly now back to waiting for another Peter May book to be written.
I've read a lot of Peter May novels & this was as expected fantastic highly recommend it.
Can't wait for the next one.
"powerfully nostalgic if you are of a certain age!"
This is a wonderful book about a group of friends looking back at their youth. Peter May used this device in Entry Island but this is a better written book. This is a srory of adventure and loss, of lost time and paths not raken, of promises kept and secrets revealed.The narration and characterisation of the protagonists is absolutely brilliant. first time I have been tempted to start from the beginning straight away.
I did not know what to expect as the story went along
How it evolved and dragged you into the lives of these meb
Cant say. They were all so well "acted "
I think all the characters were so touching so cannot pick one out
I really enjoyed reading this book as always so well written and the people so real. It was brilliantly told by Peter Forbes. He really brings any book he reads to life
Loved it very exciting book with a fantastic ending. My first book by this author I will be reading more.
"Well worth a credit - thoroughly enjoyable listen"
Wow I really did enjoy this listen - excellent narration and great story kept me hooked all the way through. Initially wasn't sure what to expect and so pleased I purchased this.
A great listen all in all.
"For those who dreamed of running away to London"
I very much like Peter May and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and listened/read (whisper sync) in just a few days. For all of us who dreamed of running away to London back in the 60's this is the book for you. Written in the past (1960's) and present, our cast of characters back when they were young are wholly believable and London life in what seemed a daring time not far off the mark. I was not quite as convinced by the current thread of the storyline nor of the overall plot - but, this really is well worth a listen for old times sake. Overlook the slightly shakey bits and just enjoy.
"Peter May does it again"
Captivating, once you meet the characters you are immediately drawn into their adventures. The clever balance of past and present day story line makes the tale all the more absorbing. Excellent would recommend it to everyone as a great story!!
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