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1.0 out of 5 starsSo baad
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
I had read a couple of Peter mays books previously so gave this one a try. It is dreadful! I think he must have been somnolent when he was writing it. None of the characters are the least bit compelling or even human. Maybe this was an experiment of letting his computer pick pieces of his writing & paste them together then call it a book. I finally stopped torturing myself at about 80%... I didn’t care if anybody survived. Again - dreadful!
I really enjoyed this book. Great writing, as always for Peter May. The character of McKenzie was a real fit for me as I am a fan of police procedurals and strong man detectives. The setting was a big part of the book's success for me as the 'feel' of every move was truly experienced by the reader. We were present for each hour's sun angle or wind change off the sea. As engaging, exciting and satisfying as any of his early works; this book is a SCORE. Revenge fuels pursuit on the Spanish Riviera.
Once again author Peter May has given us a gripper! He crafts a masterpiece, taking us to sunny Spain on a tense adventure of murder, drugs and real life characters. Peter sent me to the Outer Hebrides after reading his trilogy...now I need to head to Spain.
5.0 out of 5 starsUnusual and excellent detective novel!
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020
I was most impressed by the feeling of being blind and deaf and under extreme danger the author leaves you with. The descrption of Ana’s world is unique in literature and well researched. This was my first read of Peter May, but I look forward to the next!
4.0 out of 5 starsFast moving atmospheric thriller
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2020
I was impressed by his observation of people and ability to create authentic characters especially of one deaf blind .The flavours of Scotland and Spain entertwine like the plots to produce a suspense throughout the book.Only a top class writer could pull this off.
What a miserable book, such doom and gloom. Lives in the dark. Sad people in impossible situations and goes from one crisis without resolve, to another. Hated every page. Also seems unlikely that a detective from the UK seems to be taking charge of a crime scene in Spain. The blind/deaf character is really pathetic but her ending is as unlikely as flying pigs. Sorry, Peter May!
4.0 out of 5 starsWhat you see is what you get, don't expect any more ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 2, 2020
Peter May is a prolific author who has over the years delivered the Lewis Trilogy, the Enzo Files, the Chinese Thrillers and a number of standalone books, "A Silent Death" is one of the latter, a one-off thriller set largely in southern Spain and it's not bad. It's a simple straight-forward page-turning thriller, a story of good guys/bad guys with a relatively low body count (until the end) without gratuitous violence, of a cop with issues but for once the issues aren't the story but are used to tell the story and a couple of twists in the tail [well perhaps more bends than twists].
Consequently I am a bit bemused by some of the other reviews and the polarisation of views. This is pulp fiction, that's all it's meant to be and it's meant to entertain. It isn't meant to be high art that challenges or stimulates deep thought and contemplation. As a standalone book of 400 or so pages it's never going to contain the character developments or the complexities of the Lewis Trilogy or the Enzo Files that are built over the course of the series [as an aside I recently read one of the Enzo books out of sequence, a good book but I struggled to enjoy it because it didn't work as a standalone]. And of course there are inaccuracies that will vex the pedantic, nothing's ever perfect get over it, this is not meant to educate or inform it doesn't have to be right to the nth degree it's fiction.
So climbing off my hobby horse what really counts is the quality of the story, it's cohesion and the writing style. While the story is sufficiently far-fetched to be entertaining, there are no quantum leaps of deduction or massive holes in the plot, keeping it on the right side of credible. May unfolds the story at a brisk pacey but manages to include some evocative descriptive writing of the sights, sounds and smells, and ok these might be a bit repetitive but they aren't an extended exercise in the use adjectives or adverbs, similes or metaphors. There are a few unlikely characters but that's fiction, however there is one lengthy and unnecessary backstory diversion that reads like a device to get the page count-up that goes on far too long and added little but detracted a lot [minus one star].
So on that basis it's a four star page-turning pulp fiction thriller.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 29, 2020
Loved the Hebridean trilogy by Peter May. This book was far too elaborate in 'atmospheric' descriptions. Felt Peter was writing for himself and not his readers. Characters were too simply portrayed to the point that lacked credibility. The 'plot' was 'contrived' and easily anticipated with no real surprises (in stark contrast to the Hebridean trilogies). Disappointing from such a prolific author.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2020
I was a bit reluctant to buy this book as I had been so disappointed with The Noble Path but I'm so glad I did! I have read it in record time and have enjoyed so many references to my home town of Glasgow, even mentioning Giffnock and Clarkston where I grew up. This combined with excellent descriptions of Spain and a story that just has you hooked has made it a welcome return for me.
My first novel by this author. I was tempted by it being brand new, at 99p, and with some great reviews. I should have known better. Never trust the reviews. What a terrible book. A hero “detective” clever clogs with no social skills whatsoever. The first part of the book in London and Scotland were completely irrelevant to the rest of the story. Story? A virtually non existent plot set in Southern Spain near Gibraltar. A constant stream of description of the Andalucian heat and colours in whitewashed villages....straight out of a creative writing course but in massive excess.....so many shadows, sunsets, smells of lamb and garlic....not to mention “cancerous cement”. Oh dear. It’s gets worse. Let’s bring in a poor deaf and blind woman spurned by her boyfriend 20 years ago to pile on the misery and pad out the “plot” a bit more. Throw in some really excruciating dialogue (really cringy in places) and a totally predictable ending and that’s it! Probably one of the worst books I have read for years. Thank goodness I only wasted 99p...(I could have paid £20 For a hardback)....It’s amazing how many high reviews it’s received. Some people must be so easily pleased. Definitely no more books by this author for me!