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Read the Sunday Times and Richard and Judy best seller and the first instalment in Peter May's sensational, million-selling Lewis trilogy.

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith.

A Murder
Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past.

A Secret
Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister.

A Trap
As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface, and soon he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

©2011 Editions de Rouergue (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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Fantastic!!

This book is so amazing! It has been a long time since I’ve raced through a book so quickly, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Don’t hesitate buying it - you will be amazed of how the hours fly by! Narration is also a top notch, the scottish accent of the narrator brings the story even more to life. I LOVED IT!

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  • Simon
  • 02-16-18

An Utterly Compelling Atmosphere of Desolation

If ever a book has exceeded my expectations then it is this one. While yes it is a murder mystery, it's also so much more. Few books that I've read have ever evoked a stronger identity of locale and atmosphere. The people and places on this Scottish Island are beautifully described and take top billing over the mystery. May delivers a master class in building his story and the coming of age of his lead Fin Macleod is revealed as a beautifully human story. All the time the atmosphere and vision of the isolated and desolately beautiful island literally breathe through the text. Rarely have I felt so completely transported to a place.

The odd thing is that one of the first books I ever listened to using Audible was the third book in this series, Chessmen. I can see now that I really didn't get it and need to read the trilogy in order . . . which I will do.

Peter Forbes is an excellent choice of narrator and plays his full part in the authentic success of this production. His stylish Scottish burr brings May's characters and descriptions to genuine life.

Maybe some will feel that the murder seems to be almost forgotten at times but the whole thing comes together beautifully at the end in a darkly-thrilling wind-swept conclusion that is made all the more exciting by the care with which the characters have been built and the depth they have been imbued with.

In short, I would say this is as good as almost anything in the genre.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-09-18

This book is a gem

This is not an easy listen. Yes, there is a crime to be solved and it is central to this strong storyline, where the characters are clearly written and the past and present collide. The insularity of the islanders is both their strength and their weakness; where even if issues are never spoken of, memories are long. This is not the homecoming Finn had planned on.
It is is a long book but the the background information is necessary to takes us to the present events and my interest never waned.
Peter Forbes narration is excellent. The characters voices are distinct and even English ones are accurate.
This is my first Peter May book. have the next book downloaded.

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  • Sue F.
  • 04-21-18

A bit plodding on occasions

A great plot which felt a bit dragged out but a nail biting unexpected end.

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  • Christine M
  • 04-17-18

Brilliant

Captured my head straight away, I loved it and can’t wait to read the next two of the trilogy

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  • Morgan
  • 04-15-18

Excellent Book,

Enjoyed this book a lot, couldn't stop listening and delving into the mind and lives of the characters. My book of the year. Five star.

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  • Goetz
  • 04-07-18

excellent narration

the story offers a reasonable plot line that is brought to life an enhanced by the excellent narration. overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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  • Jørgen
  • 03-26-18

Exceptional storytelling

This is the best book I have read for a long time. Having it read to me in such a wonderful Scottish accent made the experience even better. The narrator is extremely competent and gives so much emotion to the book. He really taps into the story, extracting all the melancholy, nostalgia, love, fear, sorrow, joy from it and delivers it with a quiet, yet intensely graceful impact. And the book itself is great. I come from a small community in Norway and the throwbacks to life in Lewis back in the day is very similar to what it was like here. It awakened in me memories from a childhood I thought I had forgotten - that first innocent love as a young child, the happy days, the bad days with the bullies, but still an innocent time I recall with fondness. The author conveys the childhood memories so very well. Hope the next book in the series is as good, because that is what I'm spending my next credit on

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  • Shapfell
  • 03-21-18

Brilliant Narration

If you could sum up The Blackhouse in three words, what would they be?

Compelling. Evocative. Spellbinding

Who was your favorite character and why?

Finn McLeod of course. A flawed and troubled character who somehow draws us in to his world of dark and troubled past

Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All three Blackhouse books. Can't think of anyone doing a better job.

Any additional comments?

A fabulous trilogy of books that I have read and listened to and still want more.

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  • susanne H
  • 03-17-18

great trilogy

Why was the first in the trilogy only published in audio last. It all makes more sense now. Excellent narrator as well

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-15-18

Brilliant!

Full of rich description, a romping story and very well read, thoroughly enjoyed it. Warning, you will be glued at the end, so have tea and digestive biscuits ready and turn the phone off!

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  • Kaye
  • 03-13-18

Engrossing

If you could sum up The Blackhouse in three words, what would they be?

Twist upon twist

Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favourite?

Finn was my favourite - he had such depth

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

there were so many - maybe the last moment the most

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  • Surungi
  • 03-04-18

Dreadful don’t recommend

This story is long, not a thriller or even slightly interesting.
The narrator doesn’t help this story his voice is dry, unenthusiastic.

All in all no aspect of this have been enjoyable.

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