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Runaway
     

Runaway

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by Anne Laughlin
 

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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,

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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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014736718
Publisher:
Bold Strokes Books, Inc
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
443,975
File size:
660 KB

Meet the Author

Anne Laughlin’s short stories have appeared in numerous LGBT anthologies, including Best Lesbian Romance (Clies Press), Best Lesbian Love Stories (Alyson Books), and the Erotic Interludes series (Bold Strokes Books). Her first novel for BSB, Veritas, won the 2010 Goldie award in the Lesbian Mystery category.

In 2008 Anne was named an Emerging Writer by the Lambda Literary Foundation. In 2009 she was accepted into a writing residency at the Ragdale Foundation and in 2010 at the Vermont Studio Center.

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Runaway 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sage320 More than 1 year ago
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.