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Review: The Blackhouse

The Blackhouse
Title: The Blackhouse
Author: Peter May
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Quercus
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 501
Keywords: mystery, scottish
Reading period: 29 May–3 June, 2016

Detective Inspector Fin McLeod hasn’t been back to the Isle of Lewis in twenty years, but he’s been seconded to the task force in­ves­ti­gat­ing a murder. The dead man had bullied Fin and his friends throughout their childhood. Returning home brings up a lot that had been long buried: secrets and re­sent­ments. Fin’s childhood and youth is gradually revealed throughout the book, informing his present-day in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He acted badly in the past and that has not been forgotten.

May skillfully weaves these two tales together, revealing details of character and plot, all the while evoking the rugged beauty of the Hebrides.

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