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on 5 April 2017
Another triumph. The story of Fin Mcleod continues as he returns to his roots in Lewis and in reconciling with his past finds he is not the only one to have dangerous secrets. The islands are evocatively depicted as is the story of an elderly man with Alzheimer's. His past is woven into the present and old injustices are revealed and retribution comes to blight the present. The lives of these people are so brilliantly drawn you suffer with them. Mr May is a writer to follow from the sun filled stories in France to those in rainy Scotland. A total pleasure. Thrilling, poignant, full of love for the people he brings to life. Roll on the next one. I am addicted.
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on 4 October 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series. Peter May is always good value, but this new way of presenting a detective story worked well for me, combining past history and developing relationships as well as the problems of dementia. It was interesting to get a male perspective on personal relationships. The only downside was that there were quite a few Gaelic words which I had no idea how to pronounce. This was remedied by buying the audio as well. A pity there isn't a glossary and pronunciation guide at the beginning of the Kindle edition but that probably wouldn't bother the majority of people?
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on 21 July 2017
Excellent sense of the character of the scenery and people of a very far-flung community. (I assume - I've never actually been there, but Peter May makes me want to go.) I enjoyed The Black House for the same reason. (Kept forgetting it was supposed to be a murder mystery.) I'll almost certainly read the third book in the series in the same uncritical spirit.
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on 16 March 2017
The second book in this great trilogy & again a very good read. I really like the way Peter May manages to keep the story going whilst moving backwards & forwards between the present day & the past. He also makes the landscape of Lewis & its environment come to life with his wonderful descriptions...although it seems to be a bit too wet & windy for me to want to visit!. Looking forward to reading the third book...& then moving on to some of Mr May`s other books
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on 24 May 2017
Another cracking mystery thriller from Peter May. An excellent plot and a range of characters you can actually care about.
Superb twists and turns in the plot, plenty of clues along the way, but still some big surprises in store.
Finished it this morning and have just ordered the third in the trilogy.
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on 9 August 2017
Really enjoyed this book. Characterisation was good and it was interesting hearing the story through the mind of someone with dementia. Although this is the second part of the trilogy I've since gone on to read the first part, each book could be read on its own merit. going off to read third book. Highly recommended.
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on 5 June 2017
Absolutely stunning book. I am ashamed to say that I bought the first book in the trilogy in 2012 and only just got round to reading it. I loved every minute of it and couldn't wait to start this one. Many times I bonked myself on the forehead with my Kindle desperately trying to stay awake and finish another chapter! It was worth every bruise! As soon as I finished it, I bought the third one. I feel as if I know the area and it made me google local images out of curiosity. Highly recommend. Brilliant writer. Read them all. x
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on 1 October 2017
What a fantastic writer. He painted such a lovely picture of the area that I want to visit. The storylines were excellent. I couldn't put the books down. Can't wait to read more of his books
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on 30 June 2017
Lots of interesting story lines all running together and intertwining.
Telling the story from more than one angle, but all in the first person is refreshing and especially using a character with dementia.
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on 11 April 2013
Having enjoyed The Black House, I was eager to continue the series and this did not disappoint. I like Peter May's writing style; for me the descriptive prose and dual-story format are the skills that make this author stand out from other crime writers. Fin, the main character from the first novel, has left the police and returned to live on Lewis. This time the first person narrative is from the perspective of another character, Tormud. As before, the author runs both stories in parallel until the end where they blend together naturally to a conclusion. My only negative comment albeit a minor one, is that I thought the plotline towards the end of the story sacrificed a little credibility to achieve the ending. Otherwise, another enjoyable read. For some series, reading order is not particularly important but I think this trilogy needs to be read in the order the stories were written.
I've ordered the final part today.
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