BOOK REVIEW: Black House (Lewis Trilogy #1) by Peter May


Publication Date: December 31, 2020
Format: Paperback
Genre:  Suspense Thriller 

Publisher: River Run
401 pages
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


A riveting mystery series set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.  

When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle of Lewis that bears similarities to a brutal killing on the mainland, Edinburgh detective and native islander Fin Macleod is dispatched to the Outer Hebrides to investigate, embarking at the same time on a voyage into his own troubled past.  

As Fin reconnects with the people and places of his tortured childhood, the desolate but beautiful island and its ancient customs once again begin to assert their grip on his psyche. Every step toward solving the case brings Fin closer to a dangerous confrontation with the dark events of the past that shaped - and nearly destroyed - his life.


If you want atmosphere this is the book for it.  Set in the Outer Hebrides Fin returns home to investigate the gruesome murder of one of his childhood bullies.  Trying to recover from the loss of his 8 year old son Fin isn't really keen on going back to work but it given an ultimatum and since he was working on a similar case in Edinburgh it makes sense that they send Fin to check out this murder that looks very similar.  

While Fin is on the Isle of Lewis he reconnects with childhood friends that he left behind when he left for University. He hasn't been back since.  As Fin investigates the murder he is also learning more about his past and maybe some of the reasons why he never returned to Lewis and pushed all things that reminded him of Lewis away.  Including his childhood girlfriend.

The book goes back and forth in time, from when Fin was a child to now. It gives us a glimpse of his past and the relationships he had with his childhood friends on the Isle. It isn't until close to the end that we understand all that Fin has been repressing and it all ties back to his best friend. 

Well developed characters and two mysteries that keep the story moving.  I really liked this book and have already downloaded the next 2 in this trilogy.  

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