Entry Island by Peter May

Gus am bris an latha agus
an teich na sgàilean
(Until the day breaks and the
shadows flee away)
- Song of Solomon 4:6

Description: 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: 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.

Opening: It is evident from the way the stones are set into the slope of the hill that industrious hands once toiled to make this pathway.

Before looking specifically at this read I must tell you that this was the third book in a row that included an online dating strand.

Want You Dead by Peter James
The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
Entry Island by Peter May.

Just for interest, each of those three relationships ends in tears and am in no hurry to read another with this trope.

Entry Island is a dual-timelined affair of history repeating itself and that in itself will tell you that the story strands were a little contrived. I enjoyed the trip and the pages turned themselves.

3* Entry Island (standalone)

3*The Blackhouse
5* The Lewis Man
4* The Chessmen

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