The Black House

The First book in the Lewis trilogy by Peter May

Synopsis: A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface, and soon he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

Alright! Well the way this book started out really concerned me. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it. The descriptions of locations and scenes were way too wordy. They didn’t continue like that throughout the entire book, thankfully. And eventually the story started to make up for it.

When I started reading it I didn’t expect such intensely gross, gory details during murder scenes and autopsy scenes…So that threw me off a little. Again it was so overly worded that it kind of got boring.

It was one of those books where you’re living in his present time and being thrown into flash backs of his childhood. But the flash backs were long and very out of order, you never really know what age you were flashing back to, it could have been when he was six or when he was seventeen and you wouldn’t really know until half way or until the end of the flash back. So it seemed a little scattered and hard to judge a proper timeline on his life.

But overall, the story was actually pretty good. It was mysterious and I honestly didn’t see who did or it or why they did it coming. It gave you so many false leads that it really threw me off. I liked that there were so many surprises and twists dropped into it that made it feel like the story could really go in any direction.

I do have questions about a few parts that weren’t explained, but since it’s a trilogy maybe those questions will be answered in the next books.. it was a pretty decent read once you got over the boring beginning.

I rate this book




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