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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
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Diane Challenor on 04-17-15

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.

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By Roberta on 02-06-14

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.

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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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By Mikey on 02-26-14

Good stuff!

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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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By kate on 01-06-14

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.

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By Louisa on 10-25-16

Intriguing

Well written enjoyable book. very gripping at times. The flashbacks are the best part. Worth a listen.

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By Jacqui on 06-15-16

Another Beauty !

If you could sum up Entry Island in three words, what would they be?

History, Mystery, Depth.

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

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.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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.

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

Oh yes. I listened to it in the car, in bed and every spare moment I could find.

Any additional comments?

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.

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