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The Blackhouse, Peter May, book reviewThe Blackhouse is a novel by Peter May, set on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, the first in a series (trilogy according to Amazon) featuring Detective Fin Macleod. Having escaped Lewis at the age of eighteen, Fin is packed off to the island from Edinburgh when a murder is committed in a similar manner to one he has been investigating in Edinburgh.

The story alternates between the present and flashbacks to Fin’s childhood and adolescence, with the present being in third person and the past in first person. Although packaged as a crime novel or thriller, the whodunnit isn’t really the focus of the novel. Fin never wanted to return to Lewis, and is frequently confronted by bad memories.

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