#ThrowbackThursday ~ Runaway by Peter May #Fiction #MurderMystery

I’m joining The Chocolate Lady’s link up for this month’s Throwback Thursday,

I’ve enjoyed many of Peter May’s books and Runaway was no exception. It was released on Audible in December 2014 with Peter Forbes narrating.

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My Thoughts

Beginning with a murder in 2015, both murderer and victim’s identities initially unknown, it forces three friends to face the events that determined the path their lives would take fifty years ago.

Glasgow 2015 and Jack Mackay is visiting his old friend Maurie at the latter’s request. They’ve been friends since they were boys but haven’t seen each other for years, and now Maurie is dying. He wants Jack to take him to London. Someone from their past has been murdered and Maurie knows who killed him. He wants to put things right while he still can.

In 1965 music loving teenagers Jack, Maurie, Dave, Luke and Jeff left their homes in Glasgow lured by thoughts of stardom and the bright lights of London. Jack had formed the band Shuffle with the other boys a couple of years earlier. Being expelled from school was the motivation for his decision to run away and his friends decided he wasn’t going alone. On the way they managed to get Maurie’s cousin, Rachel, out of a very bad situation, one that would have far reaching consequences, especially for Maurie and Jack. 

Things hadn’t worked out as the boys had hoped, and hard lessons were learned. It was a subdued party of three who returned to Scotland and settled for an existence far removed from that of their dreams. And so all these years later Jack enlists the very reluctant services of his grandson, Ricky, to drive them to London and back to the past. 

The narrative is well constructed with dual time lines running simultaneously, and moving seamlessly from one to the other. Jack narrates the events in the sixties from his perspective, while the present day is written in the third person. Evocative descriptions of 60s London with its colourful vibrancy and the exuberance and single mindedness of youth, contrasts sharply with the disenchantment of lives that didn’t meet expectations. Jack’s present day recollections of a time long gone unfold slowly and show how those past events have shaped all their lives, in most cases not for the better.

Although this is a character driven, slow burn of a story there is a murder mystery at its heart, but the main focus is the complexities of friendship and the tenuous quality of hopes and dreams. Peter May is adept at bringing his characters to life and adding lots of local colour and ambience to the settings. With several twists and a very unexpected reveal at the end, this was another excellent offering from a great storyteller. And once again, Peter Forbes’ narration is faultless.

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51xzawaws5lIn 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year’s end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades. Runaway is a crime novel covering fifty years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished; set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year’s end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their sixties, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades. Runaway is a crime novel covering fifty years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished; set against the backdrop of two unique and contrasting cities at two unique and contrasting periods of recent history.

 

 

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