Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: The Blackhouse by Peter May

  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849163847
  • Publisher: Quercus (December 3, 2013)
Fin McLeod returns to Isle of Lewis when a murder occurs their with similarities to one he investigated in Edinburgh.  The victim is a bully from his childhood.  

This story is more about his childhood and the people in it than the actual murder itself.  The characters are quite believable and it is their stories that make the book engrossing.  That, and I have always been fascinated by Scotland and its atmospheric islands.  The setting adds immensely to the story, especially the integral part the annual guga catching trips play.

It is a story of coming home and the changes occurring on the island and in Fin himself.  Also how his past bleeds into the present.  

The resolution of the crime is very sad and important to Fin and I felt very satisfied by the last page.


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