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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: 14.1 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #976,519 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
5 of 5 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 CAB - 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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and sexy mystery-thriller July 3 2012
By Megan R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jan Roberts, a PI at a Chicago agency, is hired to track down a teenager who runs away to live in a militia-style, survivalist camp-a place eerily similar to Jan's nightmarish childhood place in Idaho. The romance starts when the agency is taken over by a British agency led by a hot, lesbian executive who quickly falls for seemingly aloof but passionate Jan. It's a quick and fun read with a simple but satisfying mystery-thriller plot and a few steamy romance scenes. I would recommend this book to fans of thriller-mysteries, especially ones with lesbian romance elements, and a strong Chicago sense of place.

Three words to describe the book: fast-paced, steamy, and quirky.
Opening sentence: "It was her sixteenth birthday, but no one in camp mentioned it, not even her father."
If you like this book, try Laughlin's "Veritas," 2010 Goldie Mystery award winner.