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Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins.
Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft. The Paris police have ruled out terrorism and ruled in murder - making Niamh the prime suspect, along with Irina's missing husband, Georgy. And so French Detective Sylvie Braque is sent to the island to look into Niamh's past, unaware of the dangers that await her.
As Braque digs deeper into the couple's history, Niamh herself replays her life with Ruiairidh, searching her memory for those whose grievances might have led to murder. And with each layer revealed and every unexpected twist uncovered, the two women find themselves drawn inexorably closer to a killer who will not turn back.
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By Michael D Hewitt on 01-28-18
I have read or listened to all Peter Mays previous books with great pleasure and so I have been looking forward to this one ( pre ordered in July 2017)
The narrative performances were excellent. I always enjoy listening to Peter Forbes voice though for me it was unnecessary to have Anna Murray.
The story left me frustrated.
So many holes and inconsistencies. There was too much incidental detail and very little depth to characters
Odd story details - cctv in Stornaway but none from the streets of Paris- please!
Surely out of date misogyny in the French police force!!
The ending (which I won’t reveal) was so implausible and so sentimental!
Sadly for me this was hugely disappointing book
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Wras on 02-03-18
A good start, a good middle, then disaster.
A great start, good characters, interesting plot, interesting background and atmosphere, but a very lazy ending.
I would still recommend it as a read but do not expect a Peter May classic. He is the best at setting mood place it is a shame that he fell short this time.
Read it and enjoy it for the high standards it has for most of the book.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By Angela on 02-07-18
Peter May at his Best
If you loved the Lewis Trilogy this beautiful story will not disappoint. It is difficult to describe the beauty of May’s writing. His words are so evocative that you can almost taste and smell the islands, and you can certainly feel the grief that Niamh is experiencing and the descriptions of the landscape, weather, characters, buildings - everything is just faultless. Flashbacks to the characters as they grew up gave a perfect background to the story and their stories were so warmly told that you almost felt you had grown up with them. Perhaps I am biased but I do think Peter May is a master of his craft and ‘I’ll Keep You Safe’ for me is definitely on par with The Lewis Trilogy. An absolute treat to hear, the narrators are brilliant. I just got lost in it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Anne on 02-24-18
He’s written far better
Unfortunately this was a disappointing story although written beautifully. The storyline was weak and didn’t progress very far. It was more a set of reminiscences. The protagonist was unlikeable as a character and the conclusion far fetched and unsatisfying. Peter May has written some beauties - this is not one of them
1 of 1 people found this review helpful