The story shows that younger folk when they look at older folk especially those in care are completely ignorant of the lives that the elders have had. The old man in the story is Marsaili's father, now suffering from Alzheimer Disease, but who still has moments of clarity as he tells his life story in snatches ie alternating chapters - a fascinating, complicated story of his teen years that include living in an orphanage, bully gangs, a murder, but also first love. As the complicated story of the dad's life unfolds, May weaves in the continuing relationships of Fin, Marsaili, her son and his new partner and their baby. The story held my interest right to the end with its climax occurring on the last page!
Second of the Lewis trilogy.
The Lewis Man
Really enjoyed this 2nd book in the series. It even surprised me which is hard to do as I read the ending first to make sure the main character doesn't die on the last page (a la Cold Mt.)
Have read many Peter May books and he delivers on almost every one!
I really enjoyed this one. Peter May can tell a very complicated story and keep one totally absorbed in the present-day characters whose lives continue to be so much impacted on as the past is revealed.Chilling. Spine-tingling.Awesome.
In this second book about Fin MacLeod, the action jumps around from "the mainland", to Lewis and Harris in the Hebrides. This time, the story revolves around Marsailis' father, Tormod Macdonald, and his past, which turns out to be quite a convoluted, violence-filled story, complete with a lost brother and lost love.
As in 'The Blackhouse', personal histories are turned upside down as the past is uncovered. Marsailis' mother can't deal with her dementia-riddled father any more and foists Tormod off onto her daughter. A body is found in a peat bog and DNA finds it closely matches Tormod's. Fin's quit the force, but has to solve the case before a mainland detective comes out to investigate the 50-year-old murder case of the man found in a peat bog on Lewis; if he doesn't, Marsailis' father is the number one suspect.
Once again, it's an unveiling of unsavory practices of the state and religious institutions in the past. They all connect in the present via a vengeful mobster, and everyone is involved: Fionnlagh, Donna, and their baby girl, Fin and Marsailis, Donald Murray, and Ceit, the mysterious woman from Tormod's past.
Peter May is a consumate story teller. Excellent character development and lyrical voice. I would like to hear these books read aloud in an appropriate accent!
Second of a very good detective series based on the Scottish Isle of Lewis. Read the first of the series, The Blackhouse.
If you have read Ann Cleeves' Shetland series of mysteries, and enjoyed them for their settings in the wind whipped and wave tossed outer isles of Scotland, then this trilogy is a natural follow up for you to read. The first book in the series, "The Blackhouse" introduces Fin Macleod, Edinburgh detective and island native. The Lewis Man follows his return to the Isle of Lewis, where he becomes invested in solving the decades old murder of a tattooed young man whose body has been preserved in a bog. Historical and natural details, as depicted by Peter May, are accurate and compelling . This is a riveting read by an accomplished novelist and television dramatist.
A quote from Aristotle seems fitting here...'The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.' Each of the three books can stand alone as a very enjoyable read but taken together they are a masterpiece. Character development and sense of place stand out while the stories are complex and satisfying. Do yourself a favour and read The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen and enjoy a rare treat. 10 out of 10.
Excellent, highly recommended.
This is the 2nd in a series by Peter May. The main character, Fin, has once again come back to his childhood home on the remote island of Lewis. The main characters are well-developed and their relationships to one-another are well-drawn. The atmosphere of the islands plays a large part in the story (and had me going to Google Earth to see what they look like). Read The Blackhouse first, it will help you understand the characters and the relationships in this one.
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