Saturday, 30 January 2016

Review: The Lewis Man

The Lewis Man The Lewis Man by Peter May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We're back on the Isle of Lewis, and so is Fin McLeod. Now divorced, he decides to return to the place of his birth, and renovate the old croft house where he grew up.

Meanwhile, an unidentified body is recovered from a peat bog, the only clue to it's identity being a DNA match to one of the islanders. This islander, and elderly gentleman suffering from advanced dementia, happens to be the father of Fin's first love, Marsaili. Despite handing in his notice with the police force before leaving the mainland, Fin feels duty bound to help solve the mystery, and calls in the odd favour from DS Gunn, who he worked with on his previous visit to Lewis.

This was another great read from Peter May. The plot races along, enhanced by the wonderful descriptions of the stark beauty of the island. The chapters that were in the 'voice' of the man suffering from dementia were incredibly moving, as were some of the flashback chapters.

The Lewis Man (the corpse from the peat bog) is eventually identified in a shocking and emotional climax.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, can't wait to read the third part of the Lewis Trilogy.

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