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Runaway [Paperback]

Anne Laughlin

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Book Description

March 13 2012
With her life as a private investigator in Chicago firmly established, Jan Roberts can often forget where she came from—a backwoods survivalist camp run by her paranoid, dictatorial father. After risking her life at sixteen to escape the camp, she finds it hard to understand the runaway teenager she's been hired to find. With each step on the trail to find her, Jan realizes the girl is running to the same part of Idaho she fled, a digital age version of her father's way of life.

Complicating her mission is the new owner of the security firm she works for, a former British agent who has her own secrets to hide. When the sparks fly between them, Jan finds Catherine wanting to share not only her bed, but also her quest to find the missing teen. The journey to the deep woods of Idaho is a voyage to the heart of darkness for Jan, where the reality of her past can no longer be contained, nor her feelings for Catherine denied.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602826498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602826496
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #459,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne Laughlin is a native Chicagoan who does not complain about the winters. Anne's short stories have been published in many anthologies, the saucier ones appearing under a pen name. Anne was named an Emerging Writer by the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2008, and at 53, she is thrilled to be included with the "next generation" of LGBTQ writers. Anne and her partner live on the Chicago River on the city's north side.

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started Out Good, But lost Interest Sept. 23 2012
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book started out well and had my interest immediately, but it soon had me skimming through it.

Spoiler Alert if you continue reading.

There are really three main characters in this story: Jan-private investigator, Catherine-Jan's love interest and new boss, and the 16 year old runaway with illusions of a Utopian society. First what bothered me is I do not like mingling story lines. The author divided up the book to show Jan and her partner's investigation into the disappearance of the runaway and then author also details what occurs with the runaway herself. I personally do not like this style of story telling very much. I like to focus on one view point typically. I ended up skimming through the parts about the runaway as they were just tedious.

Second issue Jan hooks up with Catherine within the first day of meeting her and discovering she is her new boss. Next day via goggle search Jan discovers that Catherine is married. Third day or roughly thereabouts Jan goes to Catherine's hotel room and meets said wife in angry moment.

Catherine declares that she and her wife were breaking up or in stages of breaking up but would not admit it to each other. Catherine admits to having one other affair prior etc etc etc. Warning Flags are a blowin in the breeze here people. My reaction to Catherine immediately went down hill. To this day I swear that people cheat so they can be caught and really have that excuse to leave a relationship instead of just admitting that they don't like how their partner squeezes the toothpaste anymore.

The shootout ending came across as a tad unrealistic also.

Hey we are all different and you may find that the two listed issues I had do not brother you at all.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Ok June 2 2012
By Carol A. Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
When I started reading this book I was intrigued by the character of Jan and the premise that she had escaped life in a radical militia camp and was now living under a false identity. The problem is that as the book progressed I ended up wanting something different than what was delivered. It's a romance novel so I guess I should have just wanted Jan and Catherine to hurry up and figure out that they were meant to be together. The problem for me was that the relationship between them was just not interesting.

What was interesting were the Maddy/Militia story line and the potential consequences of Jan's living under a false identity and how that effected her personality. These were somehow central to the entire story and yet never really felt like they got fleshed out.

I'm certainly not sorry I read the book, and it never made me just want to give up on it, but it was just ok
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read June 7 2012
By Ellen B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to say that this book "had me" from the prologue to the end. In Runaway, Anne Laughlin is able to craftily tie together suspense and romance. For that matter, she creates great suspense in the romance itself. I was left with the feeling of wanting more and a hoping there will be a sequel about the compelling Jan Roberts. Well done!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good until the last 40 pages July 17 2012
By Sage320 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Runaway starts as a very strong book, then dies at the end. The prologue has a real hook to draw the reader into the story as Jan struggles to escape from her father's control. That edge continues into the rest of the book as Laughlin alternates between scenes of Jan and Catherine looking for Maddy and those of what Maddy is experiencing. It becomes clear quickly that Maddy has involved herself in something entirely different from what she was expecting and the reader is allowed to feel her disillusionment as it mounts. Likewise, Jan's confusion about her feelings for Catherine and her concerns about possibly confronting her father again come through very strongly and add tension to what is going on. The fact that there are some passionate scenes between Jan and Catherine doesn't hurt the book.

In the last forty pages though, the book goes flat. It's like a balloon that someone has suddenly let the air out of. The tension is mounting and things are headed for a climax and then everything becomes totally unbelievable and even trite. Everything suddenly ends, everyone goes home and that's it. Anne Laughlin is a better writer than this. The reader might almost think that she was running out of time for a deadline, so decided just to cut the book off. It's unfortunate because, up to that point, she had an interesting book.

Runaway is fine for entertaining reading......except for the end. It isn't a waste of the reader's time, but once you see what the book could have been, the conclusion is that much more disappointing. Read this one with caution.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Nov. 30 2013
By Sheri Swain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Story kind of dragged on and on, but overall good read. Wish there was more development between Jan and Catherine.

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