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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great story with great narration. a really great listen and fantastic Scottish accents. read it.
I haven't read the print version but Peter Forbes does an excellent job! Gives you a real feeling of each character, superb book, story I couldn't leave it alone!
I wouldn't want to spoil it! I loved the way it all pieces together through different characters! Superb how some of the story is told through the eyes of a character with dimentia gives you a real incite and understanding of it.
Love Peter Forbes this is his best upto now!
Yes! There a lot of emotions throughout this book. When I had finished it, it felt complete no unanswered questions.
I was recommended this series by my Father in law and had never read Peter May but I am hooked! to the point I want to visit the locations as the book makes you picture every single one! I have also read Entry Island which was also brilliant, I have found myself looking online at photos of The islands, black houses, the crofts etc...... I've just downloaded The Chessmen and can't wait to start it!
"Brilliant, atmospheric, unput-downable !"
the old man with alzheimer's
Listening to his thoughts, spoken so well by the narrator, gave one a feeling of a gentle man with a big heart and a tale untold of survival...
One of the best performances of any of the many audio books I have enjoyed.
The different accents and tones that he managed to convey, without overdoing it was superb.
I shall look out for any other books that this wonderful reader has performed.
Yes, I found that I was wearing my headphones a lot because I couldn't put it down
This is the second in a trilogy. I shall get the next one immediately and look for any others by this author and this performer. They are both very talented.
Together they are the best!
"Worth the listening. Compulsive."
Definitely would listen again. Complex in the telling. Mysterious in the outcome, to the last chapter. Keeps you 'hooked' to the very end. The reunion at the end! Heart rending. The wasted years. I can see & have met most of these characters and their prejudices (at some time) whilst in the Western Isles.
By each character switching back & forwards in time & reflecting on each scenario as it arises. Has good historical descriptions.
No real complaints.
"Unusual detictive fiction"
Around the middle
Only the first book in the series for the setting and characters. The plot was very different from anything else I have read
The drunk actress driving with her dog.
The idea of having one of the main characters have dementia really gave a new dimension as to why the mystery existed in the first place.
"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.
Thought The Lewis Man couldn't be as good as Blackhouse - but it was. One of the best authors I have read in a very long time.
"A Gripping Read!"
Had me hooked! I really enjoyed this book, couldn't stop listening.
Probably one of the Michael Connelly; Harry Bosch series. There is always a good mystery and you cannot wait to find out what happens next!
Marsali's dad.....it was a very real depiction of how Alzheimer's steals your identity and unearths memories long since forgotten/suppressed.
Yes...it's definitely a "long drive" book...one for the road!
Can't wait to start the Chessmen......
"What a great Island"
This is the second of a trilogy. You must read them in sequence as it all fits together,.
The first one of the series- The Black House
The bridge drama
Peter May is new to me and a great find of an author.
"More than just a crime novel"
This is a book that, even when you know the ending is worth another listen to get all the nuances of the characters, lending even more to the enjoyment.
The characters are beautifully drawn, all with a back story. Hard to compare.
I have now listened to other Peter Forbes audio books but this was the first I listened to. They are all excellent but the complexity of the story makes this particularly good. Can easily be listened to as a stand alone.
Yes but writing it here would give away an essential part of the plot.
An excellent book from a truly gifted writer.
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