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 authors second book in the series, I would definately recommend reading the first one before you read this excellent book.
Well crafted, skilfully written both in the first and third person. The author takes us from the modern day back into the 1950s, through the eyes of an old man suffering from dementia.
Peter Maybrings his story seamlessly together, forging past and present to create a story that kept me fully engaged throughout. Narrator Peter Forbes helps to bring the authors characters to life with his smooth and easy going style, which made this book an absolute joy for me the listener.
For anyone who enjoysa good mystery thriller, I would highly recommend that you read this first rate novel.
"Fabulous book, amazing insight into dementia"
A quite wonderful story, with the most amazing descriptions of a man with dementia and how he views the world, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
I found this book a bit pondering - the charcters a bit small.
I enjoyed it but I am not desperate to read another from Peter May - but will give him another go later.
A bit spoiled recently going through a Dickens phase.
Although this book can be enjoyed as a stand alone read, I got more from it because I listened to the first part of this trilogy of books . These books are set in the Outer Hebrides they are wonderfully described in glorious colour. Most of the characters from the first novel are in this book and you get to know them well. The narrative is the back-drop to life stories that switch between the 1950s and the present day. There's lots of atmospheric writing about the scenery. Within the story you will learn about social attitudes and how life on the islands has changed over time. Peter Forbes is an excellent narrator who brings the characters to life and transports you directly to Lewis.
"The Lewis Man"
What a book! The middle book of a trilogy by Peter May. The setting of this book is beautiful, set on the Isle of Lewis, and the main character is Fin McCleod who is an ex policeman and who has returned to his birthplace following the death of his son and the subsequent breakdown of his marriage. The beauty of the islands is so apparent and so delightfully described. The book follows the discovery of a body buried in peat on the island which has been there for over 50 years and whose DNA has a link to a local elderly man who now has dementia and has always said that he was an only child. It is a very moving story which takes you back in time through the eyes of the elderly man, as well as giving the listener an insight in to the impact of dementia both on him and his family. It is though a truly wonderful thriller all the same. Brilliant book!
After thoroughly enjoying the first two books in this trilogy I had high expectations of The Lewis Man and they were absolutely justified. Terrific book beautifully read which I recommend highly! Definitely worth reading the three books in order!
"Great story grows to grip you."
A slow burner to begin with, not sure where it is going, then with west coast gentleness grabs you to reveal its rich tapestry of damaged lives and violent repercussions.
"A stunning book!"
I thought the Blackhouse was wonderful and wanted more - Lewis Man delivers in spades! Peter May writes beautifully, I really felt I was there with the characters watching as the drama unfolds.The story is both touching and shocking and manages to switch from the present to the past and back again with ease.
Peter Forbes reads the book beautifully and brings all the characters to life. Again I have come to the end of of a book and I want more please Mr May let Finn and his life continue in future books and let Peter Forbes narrate them all!
"Another excellent read"
The writing and narration are both top class. The narrator really brings the words to life with the accents making you feel as if you are really there beside the main character as the story unfolds. This is the second in the series (I somehow managed to read the third first) and is a great follow on from the Blackhouse. Each book can easily be read individually as the stories are all stand alone but there is a nice development of the main characters throughout the books. There is a richness to Peter May's writing which is further enhanced here by the narration (I must say I was disappointed by the narration in samples in books placed in France).
"The Lewis Man"
An atmospheric novel with a compelling story that intrigues on several levels. The central character is revealed only gradually and the reader is torn between the desire to learn his full story or have him solve the mystery which is the main plot. A very good read. I have followed the author and read his subsequent works and not been disappointed.
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