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This week, I’m sticking with The Runaway. I’m fond of this book for many reasons. For one thing, its premise is build around a fairytale and, recently, my interest in fairies has been piqued again.

Ciarrai is running away from a past that’s still breathing down his neck. Jack has no past, his memory wiped in the accident that killed his parents. They meet and their lives move forward like stones skimming the surface of the water, dipping into memories that want to surface and those that want to lie buried forever.

This snippet comes ten years after the last. Ciarrai and Damien have grown up, although Ciarrai Isn’t Ciarrai anymore. His life has been taken over by Aaron, who, unlike the gentle, dreamy Ciarrai is a famous model, soon-to-be actor. Superstar status does not lie easy on his young shoulders and when he tries to escape in an ill-fated walk on the wild side he’s badly injured in an attack. Recovering in hospital, all he wants is to escape his gilded cage, but his family and manager think the sooner he gets back to work the better for him. (or for them?)

The people came more and more often. He couldn’t get away from them. Wherever he was, in bed, in the garden, in the day room, they’d find him and sit with him and make him listen. He dreaded those talks. He didn’t want to hear about catwalks and photo shoots. Just thinking about hair and makeup made him shiver. There were scars now but apparently that didn’t matter because what couldn’t be covered with clothing could be covered with makeup.

In the beginning he’d thought his mother was going to be on his side and would help him get away, but when she stopped crying it seemed she threw herself into the whole business of ‘getting back to work’ with as much fervour as everyone else. His brother, Damien, of course, was no help at all. He was excited about it and kept telling him how lucky he was; how grateful he should be. Well. He wasn’t excited. He didn’t feel lucky and he wasn’t grateful at all.


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