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Dark goings on, and some clever twists,
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This review is from: The Blackhouse: Book One of the Lewis Trilogy (Hardcover)
I've read several of the authors' previous works (from his two crime series The China Thrillers and the Enzo Files) so knew the kind of things to expect - or so I thought. But The Blackhouse is even better.
Peter May's great storytelling soon drags you in to a number of strands. On the face of it, The Blackhouse starts as a relatively simple murder mystery. But it soon becomes much more than that, a tale of rediscovery and childhood memories interspersed with some great descriptions of the harsh landscape and unique way of life of the islands. And the way the author handles the same character in the both present and the past is excellent. I don't usually like childhood growing up stories, but this one kept me gripped.
Typically, the plot is compelling. Right up until almost the last page, you are kept guessing - and wanting to know what will happen next. I read the book over 4 nights and on each the light didn't go out until after 1am. This book is very hard to put down!
Like the previous reviewer said, once it's over and the last page has been turned, you do keep on revisiting the story in your head. And wishing there was a bit more... because it's addictive. I've not actually been to the Outer Hebrides, but I certainly feel like I know the place now.
I understand there's likely to be a second book in the pipeline, so hopefully won't have to wait too long for my next fix.
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2011 09:26:32 BDT
Mrs. J. R. Neeld says:
I lived on Lewis for about four years and this is why I bought the book. Have not finished it yet although I am enjoying it so far, partly because I know the places described and feel familiar with some of the archetypes. I also just feel uplifted by a trip down memory lane, for me too. A couple of the reviewers have ranked this book as part of a new genre and I am not sure why but maybe that will be clear once I have read it. Am very glad already to know there will be a sequel and wonder if it is also going to be set on Lewis although I suspect it may not.
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