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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"Exception crime thriller"
Follow up to the Black House - just brilliant! More focus on the characters. The description of the outer hebrides and the islanders is breathtaking. The story weaves along beautifully, more realistic and believable than the Black House. Fantastically read
"A good story"
I really enjoyed book two in this trilogy. I cannot wait to listen to book three.
"A beautiful, sensitive and wonderful account"
Peter Forbes was superb as the narrator and I loved all his display of accents. I love crimes and thrillers but this was exceptional. The crime was not gratuitous but nevertheless viscious. Somehow the gentleness of the islands, the people, the love affair all took over this tale. The majority of the story is told through the memories of an old man who slips in and out of dementia, causing people to question the truth. I thoroughly recommend this book and am trying to delay devouring the third in the trilogy immediately, by listening to one with very strong antipodean accents!
I would recommend this book to all ... The second in the trilogy and cannot wait to listen to The Chessmen.
I only bought this because it was on offer but I really enjoyed it. The narration was excellent and I enjoyed all the twists and turns of the plot.
"Fascinating insight into the Isles"
I really got the feel of the Scottish Isles. The plot was excellent .I liked the way it unfolded.
They were all interesting but Kate was the most memorable
What lies beneath?
The author conveyed his passion for the isles along with a rattling good story
"Thrilling, original, realistic."
Very believable characters and settings.
Voices were very natural.
Listened straight through and it stayed with me.
"Another amazing book"
Peter May rights amazingly atmospheric books. The story is compelling and the characters are so real. His descriptions of the islands bring it to life. This book is tinged with sadness and regret but May's story telling makes you beg for more. It also makes the reader have a real sense of outer Hebridean life and I for one am desperate to see all the amazing places that he describes. I'm starting the Chessmen right now.
"Moving, emotional roller coaster"
Deeply moving and unexpected insight into dementia too.
Interesting plot slowly unravels to a thrillingly modern ending for a tale rooted in a lifestyle from now lost times.
"second in series...."
yep near the top of my list
this is the first of its kind, as it uses dementia in the story, new issue in a crime series
the charactors were well discribed by the narrator, and there are some gaelic words i would have stumbled over
i'm left wanting more!
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