Runaway Paperback – Mar 13 2012
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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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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.
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
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.
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.
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