An unidentified corpse is recovered from a peat bog on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. News of the discovery soon reaches Fin Macleod. However, since swapping his life in Edinburgh for a quiet existence on Lewis, such mysteries are no longer a concern for the former Detective Inspector. Or so he thought. The sequel to the Blackhouse which was selected for the WH Smith Richard and Judy Bookclub, and the second book in the Lewis triology.
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I've been a fan of Peter May's Enzo series, but never listened to one. I was delighted to see a new series and downloaded Lewis Man because the first in the series was abridged (why??).
This is a fantastic listen. The reader has a Scottish brogue, just enough to fit the characters, and his reading is seamless and clever. The mystery itself sounds like a conventional body in the bog, but it is anything but. Sad stories abound, but the characters are more than the troubled pasts they reveal. And the descriptions of the Hebrides makes me think that despite the rain and fog, it's my next vacation destination!
Can't recommend highly enough!
The Lewis Man is the second book in a trilogy and is every bit as entertaining as the first. There is no real benefit to reading them in order except for a few details but I love to follow characters. Peter Forbes is wonderful. The Isle of Lewis is definitely on my travel wish list.
I don't normally go in for reviewing stuff online, but feel compelled in this instance. Peter May's evocative character portraits and empathetic storytelling, coupled with Peter Forbes' gentle and thoughtful interpretation of it, make this the finest book I have ever listened to.
An old man with dementia is my new literary hero!
Curious lover of books
Best trilogy since Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - I was addicted and listened to all three in a week.
The wonderful reader; each character was so real
The writer tells the tale through two different people. Fin who is trying to solve the mystery with no knowledge of the past. And Tormod MacDonald who is losing his memory to dementia. The story is told in two parts cleverly intertwined. Fin's investigation and Tormod's tale of the past through his erratic and emotional memory . It is incredibly moving - you are part of this person's deterioration but you are also so aware of his life and all that he felt as a young man. Peter May has nailed this and I wonder if he has had some personal experience of the disease.
Each character he portrays is believable and I was particularly impressed with his rendition of Tormod - he was a confused old man. It was an excellent performance
Where you fill feel compassion for a murderous past......
You will see and almost smell the places May describes and you will be transported to the Islands he writes about - read it.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
The second of the The Lewis Trilogy. The third story The Chessmen will be out in a couple of months. Must be enjoyed in order.
Peter Forbes read of this Peter May book is "superb". The pronunciation of the very difficult Gaelic words throughout the book are delivered perfectly. His performance makes this complex story line live.
"how the past makes us the ones we are"
This is a wonderful novel! So much more than "only" a crime novel. The portrait of the old man with dementia is fantastic. And the story of the young orphan boys becoming "homers". The search for what really happened all those years ago makes it unputdownable. I have listened to it read wonderfully by Peter Fforbes with a slightly scottish accent.
I really do like Peter May's writing, He has such 'in depth' characters, and I also like the way that he splits the story by giving the tale from one person's viewpoint ... then another, so we can often see the same event from different perspectives.
I was moved by his 'ramblings' from the elderly man with alzheimers, and was impressed that Mr May seemed to be able to get inside his thoughts, and understand his feelings.
All in all, a well deserved 5 stars - I couldn't put it down!
"Great yarn, well told"
Despite the billing as a thriller (which in terms of genre this undeniably is) The Lewis Man is essentially the story of Tormod Macdonald, an old man of the island in the throws of advanced dementia. When an event occurs on the island that appears to have some connection with Tormod, he's the only person seemingly capable of unravelling the riddle. Of course his dementia prevents this from happening, at least as far as the other characters are concerned.
Peter May does a superb job of seamlessly turning Tormod's muddled utterances and thoughts into a lucid internal monologue, weaving a dark tale of a troubled youth.
The pieces are filled in by the other characters, most especially Fin the ex-detective, and brought into the present, and the result is a wonderfully vivid story of intrigue, sadness, love and, ultimately, redemption.
Peter Forbes does a great job of telling Tormod's story, breathing life and believability into characters with depth and substance.
I have not listened to this novel's predecessor, The Black House, but don't feel I missed anything from not having heard it first. I will certainly be seeking it out now that I've heard The Lewis Man.
This was in my opinion even of higher quality than the first book in the trilogy. I was so sad to come to the end really looking forward to book 3. Well read by Peter Forbes I felt.
what an excellent book and narated most superbly by Peter Forbes, the best i have enjoyed in a long time
"One of the Best"
This book is one of the best i had and i have had a lot i would tell anyone to get this One.
"Another great listen from Peter May"
I just love these Peter May books. There is depth to the cdharacters and the story builds up to a great finale with the odd twist here and there. A satisfying conclusion - now on to his next.
"Just as good listening for the second time"
I've become an avid fan of Peter May. Don't miss the China thrillers. I happened to be studying in China during the time the China Thrillers are set. Peter got everything so right about the country especially Bejing. It was traveling back twenty years for me!
"great second book in the trilogy."
thoroughly enjoyed the story.
the part with the old man who has dementia was done really well as it was written from his point of view as well as the people involved with him.
as with the first book peter forbes did an excellent job of performing the story.
looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.
I really like the way the history of the main character is interwoven with the current plot
It's such an easy listen with good narration.
I would suggest reading the series in order as it gives some understanding of the main characters and where they all for in
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