It’s the fourth month of 2019 already…
For this month I’ll read and review The Blackhouse by Peter May.
I’ve had this on my shelf for awhile so I thought I’d mix book club up with a murder mystery.
Synopsis from Amazon:
The Isle of Lewis is the most remote, harshly beautiful place in Scotland, where the difficulty of existence seems outweighed only by people’s fear of God. But older, pagan values lurk beneath the veneer of faith, the primal yearning for blood and revenge. When a brutal murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past. Each year the island’s men perform the hunting of the gugas, a savage custom no longer necessary for survival, but which they cling to even more fiercely in the face of the demands of modern morality. For Fin the hunt recalls a horrific tragedy, which after all this time may have begun to demand another sacrifice. The Blackhouse is a crime novel of rare power and vision.
Feel free to drop a recommendation for next month in the comments – I have a low supply of contemporary novels, so if anyone has read a good one lately, lemme know.
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