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YOU MUST READ - " The Blackhouse" by Peter May

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ireallyagreewithyou Sun 18-Sep-11 20:08:09

all of you lot who love and intelligent thriller - who want a book that is a page turner yet thought provoking, here it is!
Written by a screenwriter ( and yes i have already cast it in my mind!) and the kind of book you set your alarm early to read.

( oh the first bits a bit gory - stick with it)

ireallyagreewithyou Sun 18-Sep-11 20:08:22

KurriKurri Sun 18-Sep-11 20:30:09

Thanks - that sounds right up my street, I love good thrillers <adds to wish list>

ireallyagreewithyou Mon 19-Sep-11 09:53:33

yes do. and the kindle version is super cheap

piebald Mon 19-Sep-11 11:12:46

OOps just bought it!!

ireallyagreewithyou Mon 19-Sep-11 11:50:16

oh enjoy!

electricslide Mon 19-Sep-11 12:21:04

I've just bought it too, thanks!

ireallyagreewithyou Tue 20-Sep-11 19:08:31

any reports?

KurriKurri Wed 21-Sep-11 14:21:26

I've just got a copy from the library - will report back when I've read it (might take me a few days - I'm a slow reader.)

KurriKurri Thu 29-Sep-11 20:16:21

Right I have finished this now. I loved it - it's a really good thriller, - brilliantly evoked picture of life on Lewis, and a very interesting detective. Can't wait for the next one in the series.

Many thanks for the recommendation ireallyagreewithyou

piebald Thu 29-Sep-11 21:08:29

Good pick--i enjoyed it and will look out for more

ScarlettIsWalking Thu 29-Sep-11 21:10:55

Oooh great

ScarlettIsWalking Thu 29-Sep-11 21:13:20

Oooh great

flybynight Tue 04-Oct-11 14:25:31

I need to get this. My husband is from Lewis and we go every year. Thats as good an excuse as any, I think.

Proon Tue 04-Oct-11 14:38:32

I'm reading it - about 2/3 through, enjoying it as a thriller.
I would say that the evocation of small-small-town highland life is spot on. I don't know about the islands but the young men driving round in battered old cars because there's nothing else to do... the drinking, the sex, the hopelessness of some of the characters, all very accurate.

So far though I haven't read any "Aye, you'll be back, you think you're something now but just wait till you get away, you'll never hack it, you're just the same as the rest of us you know." hmm The main character just gets a lot of "Lucky you, getting away" - wish I'd got off with so little abuse.

angelinterceptor Tue 11-Oct-11 11:01:02

Have to agree, this is a brilliant book, i really enjoyed the story, and the description of such a desolate place to grow up as a young boy and teenager.

I have recommended it to friends and my book club.

agree would make a good film

whereismywine Tue 11-Oct-11 11:35:29

Wasnt sure about this but am now going off to amazon for all too easy clicking. Have mostly used mumsnet for conception empathies but decided to wander over to things to distract my ttc mind. This is great!

FairyBlueBell Tue 11-Oct-11 22:33:55

I loved this tale of Finn "returning" to his teenage self and experiences, Ewan McGregor is cast in my mind .... blush

FairyBlueBell Wed 12-Oct-11 11:33:01

Just noticed that the second part of this intended trilogy us due to be published I January ...

Proon Wed 12-Oct-11 16:25:19

Those who've finished it, did you like the ending? I didn't at all.

Earthymama Wed 12-Oct-11 20:05:41

I read this last night and enjoyed it but I think that Shetland Quartet is stronger and more enjoyable.

I have never been to these islands but would love to after reading all these books. I just hope the murder rate is as fictional as Oxford's re Morse!

Dunlurking Thu 13-Oct-11 08:24:53

Thanks for the recommedation. Very gripping and good value at the kindle price. Have been to Lewis/Harris/Uig a few times so could really picture it.

I agree with you Proon . Loved it all through, the way the revelations about Finn's past were spread through the book. But spoiler alert look away now -couldn't believe the whole thing would have been constructed by one person to bring him back to the island - just didn't work for me either, that ending.

KurriKurri Thu 13-Oct-11 20:01:23

Earthymama - I'll join you in recommending the Shetland Quartet - I loved them too.

verytellytubby Mon 17-Oct-11 21:09:39

I really enjoyed it until the end. Will definitely read the next one.

piebald Thu 20-Oct-11 19:57:05

I loved the Shetland Quartet but was a bit alarmed at the murder rate! OH was working out there at the time

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