***** 5 STARS
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 professional duty he must fulfil, and the personal destiny that awaits him.
To anybody that knows me they will know how much I love the Island of Lewis and the Outer Hebrides Islands of Scotland, so in 2010 when Peter May came out with his first novel in the Lewis Trilogy, The Blackhouse I was so excited and could not wait to see how the books would pan out, and by 2012 with the last novel The Chessmen I was sad that the series had come to an end but was excited to see what Peter May would write next. What came next was Entry Island and it fully deserves the five stars and if I could have given it more I would, as the style of writing he used in the Lewis Trilogy has quite successfully been applied to Entry Island, the only difference being half of the novel has been shifted to a small Canadian Island. The other half of the novel tells the story of our main character Sime ancestor and his life growing up during the Highland Clearances and the events that lead to his new life in Canada and how that effects Sime and the accused Kirsty. With all that in mind Entry Island keeps us wanting more and puts you through an emotional whirlwind that will have you distracted for all your normal duties, so it is best to read this book when you know that you have a lot of time on your hands as you won’t want to put this book down when you start reading it believe me. The reason for this is that he makes his characters and places come alive and you feel like you have just been transported into the novel and you are seeing and experiencing what his characters do. So I do hope that this is a start of another series of books from Peter May as I really loved Sime and Kirsty and there is definitely more we would all like to know about them and I think it could be possible to combine both sets of lead characters from Entry Island and The Lewis Trilogy e.g. Fin and Marsaili would that not be something.
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Quercus (26 Dec 2013)