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.
Runawayby Anne Laughlin
With her life as a private investigator in Chicago firmly established, Jan Roberts can often forget where she came froma 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… See more details below
With her life as a private investigator in Chicago firmly established, Jan Roberts can often forget where she came froma 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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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.