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    “Knew too that it wasn’t just Mona he wanted to run away from It was everything Back to a place where life had once seemed simple A return to childhood back to the womb How easy it was now to ignore the fact that he had spent most of his adult life avoiding just that Easy to forget that as a teenager nothing had seemed important to him than leaving” Detective Fin Macleod is sent back to the place where he was bred

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    We left on the midnight tide diesel engines thudding as we slipped out into the bay from the relative shelter of the harbour facing into the huge swell waves breaking over the bow to pour in foaming rivers across t

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    Having recently read and enjoyed Peter May’s stand alone book Entry Island I was urged by several of my Goodreads friends to seek out his Lewis Trilogy I also recalled that a former colleague of mine – someone who hardly ever picked up a book of any description – had read this mini series and pronounced it the ‘best thing I’ve ever read’ Ok it might have been the only thing he ever read but all signs seemed to be pointing in the

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    This novel is the first of a trilogy – the Lewis Trilogy The Isle of Lewis is the largest island in the outer Hebrides It is 683 suare miles 1770 suare kilometres has a population of less than 20000 and was once part of The Norse Kingdom of Mann and the IslesThe story within this novel is simply amazing and be

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    I loved seeing the island through May's eyes and Fin's memories of growing up there The writing is excellent The murder mystery read like an overlay of an additional story and the explanation at the end was a bit of a letdown That being said I ordered the seuel as soon as finished this one Rounding up 4 stars

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    This book practically read itself it was so good We nearly had no lunch today because I could not find a place in the text where I wanted to stopI loved all the descriptions of the Hebrides somewhere I have not been but would love to see one day The author manages to create the scene so well and it is a very fitting place to set

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    The Black House by Peter May is a 2011 uercus publication I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher a

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    The Blackhouse is the first of a trilogy written by Peter May which won The Barry Award in 2013 Set in the harsh northern region of the Isle of Lewis in Scotland the author masterfully describes the Gaelic culture and terrain so well that yo

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    Rating 3 of five but just barelyThe Publisher Says From acclaimed author and television dramatist Peter May comes the first book in the Lewis

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    There is something alluring at least for me with crime novels placed on islands especially those far up in the north with bad weather and people that have known each other for generations I mean it wouldn't be the same if it would be set on a Caribbean paradise for instance who would ever want to leave in the first place Too idyllic I prefer these dark and rugged places with old secretsFin Macleod From the clan Macleod

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E demands of modern morality For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrificeThe Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision Peter May has crafted a page turning murder mystery that explores the darkness in our souls and just how difficult it is to escape the past. Rating 3 of five but just barelyThe Publisher Says From acclaimed author and television dramatist Peter May comes the first book in the Lewis Trilogy a riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland s Outer Hebrides a formidable and forbidding world where tradition rules and people adhere to ancient ways of life When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that has the hallmarks of a killing he s investigating on the mainland Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to see if the two deaths are connected His return after nearly two decades not only represents a police investigation but a voyage into his own troubled past As Fin reconnects with the places and people of his tortured childhood he feels the island once again asserting its grip on his psyche And every step forward in solving the murder takes him closer to a dangerous confrontation with the tragic events of the past that shaped and nearly destroyed Fin s life The Blackhouse is a thriller of rare power and vision that explores the darkest recesses of the soulMy Review This was a huge long slog of a story alternating between Fin the main character as narrator of his life of unremitting grimness and misery and third person limited basically the camera eye PoV that one would expect to find in a novel by a screenwriter This made the pace slow for me as each time we shift I have to hit the brakes or push in the clutch to shift upThis isn t to say that the author is a bad writer his prose is limpidly clear But keep Google open while you re reading since there are unexplained untranslated Gaelic words all over the place There are exciting sea scenes and tense moments of nailbiting stress during the islanders uniue rite of passage for malesThere are also characters who are unnecessary flashbacks of unconscionable length and uestionable necessity and an ending that will break a decent person s heartthat has holes the size of a gannet in it You ll get the joke later If the ending is true and I think it is true to the character and the build up the obliviousness of the responsible adults of the island is unconscionable and unpleasantTrigger warning for animal rights activists and the tenderhearted towards all gawd s creation and for child abuse

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The Isle of Lewis is the most remote harshly beautiful place in Scotland where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people's fear of God But older pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith the primal yearning for blood and revengeWhen a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburg. Knew too that it wasn t just Mona he wanted to run away from It was everything Back to a place where life had once seemed simple A return to childhood back to the womb How easy it was now to ignore the fact that he had spent most of his adult life avoiding just that Easy to forget that as a teenager nothing had seemed important to him than leaving Detective Fin Macleod is sent back to the place where he was bred born burnished and raised as an orphan A murder has happened on the Isle of Lewis in The Outer Hebrides of Scotland in the very town Fin was from Crobost The murder has similar characteristics of brutality to a murder he has been working on in Edinburgh He had only come back to the island for the funeral of his aunt since he left to go to school in Glasgow so everything there is tinged in the sepia tones of the past The tender threads that held his marriage together with Mona snapped with the tragic death of his son The sorrows and desperations of his current life outweigh the dread of dredging up memories of his unhappy childhood When you grow up in a small community they remember everything you ve ever done the good the bad and the ugly In some ways you never escape the fallacies of your youth when everyone s memory is so long The irony is that he is going back to investigate the murder of Angel Macritchie who despite his name was certainly no Angel There is no one from Fin s past who inspires terror wrapped nightmares than Angel Macritchie With a long list of grievances perpetrated against nearly every male member of the community and than a few females most everyone s a viable suspect but then a brutish murder like this comes from than just someone harboring a grievance This murderer is twisted and depraved As Fin investigates the murder trying to find a motive that would fit such a crime he also finds himself sifting through the debris of his own memories his own failings and those he hurt the worst as he flailed to adulthood There is no one he hurt worst than the lovely girl from the farm who loved him from the first moment she laid those cornflower eyes on himMarsaili She is still on the island now married to his best friend from school Atair MacInnes A blink of moonlight splashed a pool of broken silver on the ocean beyond There was a light on in the kitchen and through the window Fin could see a figure at the sink He realized with a start that it was Marsaili long fair hair darker now drawn back severely from her face and tied in a ponytail at the nape of her neck She wore no makeup and looked weary somehow pale with shadows beneath blue eyes that had lost their lustre She looked up as she heard the car and Fin killed the headlights so that all she could see would be a reflection of herself in the window She looked away uickly as if disappointed by what she d seen and in that moment he glimpsed again the little girl who had so bewitched him from the first moment he set eyes on her Fin treated her terribly That s what we seem to do to those who love us the most Peter May gives us this relationship from the first flowering of love through the lust and onward to where we see the tearing apart of their entwined lives Fin tries to explain the unexplainable Please she said almost as if she knew that he was going to tell her he had always loved her too I don t want to hear it Not now Fin not after all these wasted years And she turned to meet his eye Their faces were inches apart I couldn t bear it This reader couldn t bear it either Don t you dare say it Fin Because we know so much about Fin and the numerous times when he experienced crushing setbacks in his life we can t even condemn him Ok that isn t completely true I m still pissed at him The one person who could have sustained him is still connected to the very island he was trying to escape Marsaili washes back upon the shore of the Isle of Lewis as part of the debris that is the shipwreck of his life The Churches of Scotland dominate island life each vying to be severe than the next as proof that their sect is religious than the others Swings are tied up on Sunday so no child will be tempted to be lifted from the earth on the Sabbath Belief in a higher being drowned by madness This overbearing influence warps minds and deforms bodies under the crippling weight of guilt that can never really be forgiven but must be carried on the soul like piles of jagged black stones We must be reminded of our sins so we stay afraid of our creator There is a rock off shore called Sulasgeir where ten selected men go each year to harvest the guga s offspring It is a bloody massacre and fortunately the government only allows them to take 2000 birds a year The fledglings have to be the right age to taste the best If they are too large or too small they are allowed to live Fin was a part of that group one year before he left for college It is a dangerous experience for the men among the craggy rocks that prove to be tinged with tragedy Why do these men do it every year Tradition But Gigs shook his head No It s not the tradition That might be a part of it aye But I ll tell you why I do it boy Because nobody else does it anywhere in the world Just us This book is so much than just a murder mystery I felt completely immersed in these people s lives I wasn t always happy about it There were times when it made me feel uncomfortable I read this on the plane to San Francisco for a visit to Goodreads Headuarters and I m sure many of my fellow passengers wondered what I was reading that was making me grimace and suirm in my seat Once on the island Fin remembers things that were tamped down so deep they were nearly forgotten He burns with shame at his own failings laid so bare and tries as best he can to fix the wounds he left in others as he tries to live with the lacerations that life has inflicted on him There are twists and turns and revelations By the end I could not deny that Peter May has written a novel that I will never forget Hebrides Noir And then he felt it The cold bite of iron the movement of the ring as his fingers closed desperately around it and held And held Almost dislocating his shoulder as the sea pulled and jerked before finally reluctantly letting go For a moment he lay still clutching the mooring ring washing up on the rock like a beached sea creature And then he scrambled for a foothold and then a handhold and the strength to propel himself upward before the sea returned to reclaim him He could sense it snapping at his heels as he found the ledge of the rock He d made it He was on the rock safe from the sea And all that it could do now was spit its anger in his face If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

FREE READ Ý PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Peter May

H police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate But since he himself was raised on Lewis the investigation also represents a journey home and into his pastEach year the island's men perform the hunting of the gugas a savage custom no longer necessary for survival but which they cling to even fiercely in the face of th. This book practically read itself it was so good We nearly had no lunch today because I could not find a place in the text where I wanted to stopI loved all the descriptions of the Hebrides somewhere I have not been but would love to see one day The author manages to create the scene so well and it is a very fitting place to set this tale of mystery and murderThe main character Fin has returned to the village where he spent his childhood and periodically through the story we revisit those times and come to understand better the events of today Fin reminded me a little of another of May s characters Enzo Neither of them will ever win father of the year awards Or husband come to that However they are both very good MCsAltogether an excellent book number one of a trilogy and I am looking forward to the rest very much

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