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Publisher's Summary

Read the Sunday Times and Richard and Judy best seller and the first instalment in Peter May's sensational, million-selling Lewis trilogy. 
A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. 
A Murder
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. 
A Secret
Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. 
A Trap
As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface, and soon he, the hunter, becomes the hunted. 
©2011 Editions de Rouergue (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mtorvik on 03-28-18

Fantastic!!

This book is so amazing! It has been a long time since I’ve raced through a book so quickly, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Don’t hesitate buying it - you will be amazed of how the hours fly by! Narration is also a top notch, the scottish accent of the narrator brings the story even more to life. I LOVED IT!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 02-16-18

An Utterly Compelling Atmosphere of Desolation

If ever a book has exceeded my expectations then it is this one. While yes it is a murder mystery, it's also so much more. Few books that I've read have ever evoked a stronger identity of locale and atmosphere. The people and places on this Scottish Island are beautifully described and take top billing over the mystery. May delivers a master class in building his story and the coming of age of his lead Fin Macleod is revealed as a beautifully human story. All the time the atmosphere and vision of the isolated and desolately beautiful island literally breathe through the text. Rarely have I felt so completely transported to a place.

The odd thing is that one of the first books I ever listened to using Audible was the third book in this series, Chessmen. I can see now that I really didn't get it and need to read the trilogy in order . . . which I will do.

Peter Forbes is an excellent choice of narrator and plays his full part in the authentic success of this production. His stylish Scottish burr brings May's characters and descriptions to genuine life.

Maybe some will feel that the murder seems to be almost forgotten at times but the whole thing comes together beautifully at the end in a darkly-thrilling wind-swept conclusion that is made all the more exciting by the care with which the characters have been built and the depth they have been imbued with.

In short, I would say this is as good as almost anything in the genre.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Salter on 06-12-18

Brilliant, in every way...

For some strange reason i've completed the Lewis Trilogy in a back-to-front order, but that hasn't detracted in any way the sheer brilliance of the three books.
The Blackhouse is the first in the trilogy, and is a superb example of what a compelling murder/mystery should be. The plot line is gripping, and the characters are described superbly well. The sense of isolation and desolation in the Outer Hebrides is truly magical. Since listening to these books I've put it at the top of my list of places I really must visit. The scenery, barren land and sense of remoteness is described like no other.
Superbly narrated by Peter Forbes once again. I can think of no other better suited to such a uniquely absorbing story.
I cannot recommend the Lewis Trilogy enough. The best I've had the pleasure to enjoy...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaye on 03-13-18

Engrossing

If you could sum up The Blackhouse in three words, what would they be?

Twist upon twist

Which character – as performed by Peter Forbes – was your favourite?

Finn was my favourite - he had such depth

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

there were so many - maybe the last moment the most

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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin O'Hanrahan on 06-26-18

Beautifully read and super story

A very well narrated book. Forbes accent and performance will suited the story. The story was engaging and held my attention throughout.

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