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.
Stunning listen, heartbreaking and beautiful with thrills and spills. Love this series. brilliant brilliant brilliant
I have become completely addicted to this series. The narration is particularly good. I am hoping for even further character development in the next book.
"Just as good as The Blackhouse"
Informative, suspense, empathic
Similar feel to Iain Banks 'The Wasp' but a lot better in my opinion
There are so many great scenes beautifully described
"Evocative, Sensitive and Captivatiing Literary Excellence"
The sensitive way that Peter May treats the dementia was moving and brilliant in equal measure. The burgeoning relationship between Fynn and Marsholie is sensitively handled and the story moves at a languid but unpredictable pace throughout. The to-ing and fro-ing back to the past was magical and the descriptive artistry of the the author's words transported us to the expansive beauty of the Scottish Isles. It was magnificently narrated by Peter Forbes, whose skills captivated our imagination and held us spellbound when reading the imaginative literary excellence of Peter May. You will want to hear it in its entirety, it's entrancing and intriguing, original and unpredictable. Highly recommended.
Thoroughly enjoying this series. Twists and turns aplenty and so well read. Couldn't leave it in the car where I normally listen to audio books I had to bring it indoors to hear the end.
"The Lewis Man"
This is one of the most enthralling audio books I have listened to. Story is brilliant but Peter Forbes narration is particularly evocative and dramatically enhances the listening experience
A great listen, really well read. Really enjoyed listening to this whilst on holiday in Harris and Lewis.
"A child's tiny feet, Blue, blue with cold,"
Tiny Feet - Poem by Gabriela Mistral
A child's tiny feet,
Blue, blue with cold, How can they see and not protect you?
Oh, my God!
Tiny wounded feet,
Bruised all over by pebbles,
Abused by snow and soil!
Man, being blind, ignores
that where you step, you leave
A blossom of bright light,
that where you have placed
your bleeding little soles
a redolent tuberose grows.
Since, however, you walk
through the streets so straight,
you are courageous, without fault.
Child's tiny feet,
Two suffering little gems,
How can the people pass, unseeing.
The second part of the Lewis trilogy is as good as the first, atmospheric, full of twists and turns that takes us face to face to some one of last century's worst crimes committed by the churches against the most vulnerable; children in their care and the devastating abuse they imparted.
The story unfolds in through the eyes of Fin MacLeod and the confused mind of an older man, trying to remember and regain all he has lost in the fog of time. One of the best descriptions of dementia I have read, sad but full of dignity and spirit.
This is a great story all around because it opens doors in to a history that contradicts the benevolent veneer painted on the pious as superior morally to anyone, and because it exposes that this abuses suffered by aboriginal people in Australia, and first nations in Canada had more to do with social class than racial differences although in Scotland there was a sectarian flavour to the way some of the children were treated.
Good character, an intriguing story, and lots of suspense makes this book a very good read for anyone.
I loved this book so much! I think it was even better than the Blackhouse. A wonderful story and excellent performance. I can't wait to listen to the chessman!
"A different and richly described setting"
I came to this book knowing absolutely nothing about the Scottish Islands and their culture, for that reason what I enjoyed most here was all the wonderful descriptions of the landscapes and weather etc. The story it mostly great too, although I thought the twists with the identity of the characters and the murder were a little obvious at times.
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