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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This is the second book of Peter May's Lewis trilogy. Excellent story and perfect narration.i'm looking forward to the third book.
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!
"The Lewis Man"
Couldn't make up my mind if this was a book with a story, or a travel book or a Weather forecast. What is for sure I would hate to visit any of the places named in this book. The whole book is just filled in with wind, rain and grass with rocks.
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.
As always Peter May has given us another great book. Peter Forbes is one of my favourite narrators, he really makes it easy to distinguish between the characters with his different accents. I cannot find any fault with this author or narrator.
I'm looking forward to the next.
enjoyed very much, even more so than the first, looking forward to the next one
The lives of simple folk slowly unravelled to reveal a complex tale of heartache and hardship but not without hope. Simmers intriguingly until the truth finally reveals itself in a sad but satisfying end. Most enjoyable.
"Very interesting story, unusual location!"
Loved it, listening to it while rowing! I will l get the other Peter May books.
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