The Blackhouse by Peter May – Book Review #3

I received this Peter May trilogy for Christmas from the children. The Blackhouse is the first book in the series and I’ve decided not to read them one after the other. I’ve learnt my lesson from last year when I read a series of Harlen Coben books and ended up having to take a break in the middle. I started to lose the enjoyment because I think I overloaded my brain, reading about the same characters for weeks!

The Blackhouse

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts

It took me a really long time to get into this book. It wasn’t what I was expecting, which was a regular murder investigation.
Instead of just reading about the investigation and how the detective, Fin McLeod catches the killer, we are learning everything about the detective, from his childhood to present day.

At the start of the book, I kept wondering why I needed to know all this about Fin, and it was the reason I was struggling to connect with the story.
I’m not sure what changed, but just before halfway through I started to want to know more about Fin and all the people he grew up with.

I didn’t see the ending coming at all and now I can’t wait to read the next book so I can get back to the island and read more about Fin!

The Blackhouse by Peter May book cover

The Blackhouse by Peter May book cover


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  2. BookBairn (@BookBairn) 4th February 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I’m not generally a thriller/detective reader but this sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing – I’m going to check it out at the library! #readwithme

  3. Lorna Holland 3rd February 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Ooh this sounds really good! I love a good murder mystery #readwithme

  4. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 2nd February 2019 at 11:32 am

    The cover itself looks quite chilling, you have me intrigued. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  5. sarahmo3w 29th January 2019 at 12:02 pm

    I like the sound of this! I think sometimes the first book in a series sometimes does more scene setting before it gets into the story, but then later books get straight into the story. It sounds very sensible to break them up and not read one after another!

  6. Catherine @ Story Snug 29th January 2019 at 9:50 am

    Good that you persevered with the book. Enjoy the next one, it sounds like an interesting series.


  7. mumjd 29th January 2019 at 9:44 am

    Glad you warned us about the slow start, as I sometimes find that difficult to get past in a book. Will be adding this to my list #readwithme

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