Jan Reyna is a murder squad detective, British by adoption and choice, Faroese by birth and history. Called back to the remote Danish Faroe Islands when his father suffers a paralysing stroke, Reyna is forced to reexamine his decades-long rejection of the past and of his father in particular.
But in this now-foreign country, whose language and customs he no longer understands, Reyna is also drawn into a rare Faroese murder case. The crime seems to have Reyna's father at its centre, but investigating it inevitably brings Reyna closer to the childhood events he's purposely erased from his memory. He is also confronted by his half brothers, who have their own agenda and seem intent on protecting the family name from any implication of wrongdoing.
Reyna's choice, then, is either to push through the resistance and risk what he might reveal about his past or to forsake the strange, windswept Faroe Islands for good. His decision will change the lives of everyone around him, but the truths he's already uncovered can't be reburied.
©2016 Chris Ould (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
This really was one of the best detective stories I have listened to i a long while. Not a fast paced story but one that unfolds slowly like a paper flower put in water. I hope that the others in this trilogy will live up to this first book.
The narrator Matt Addis is perfect for the telling of the tale - his characterisation is good and so too is his accent. Well read.
I can't say much more - good story and great characters. I enjoyed every minute and will look forward to more by the author and will follow up the narrator - well worth the time!
I enjoyed this story but the low ish score is only because at times, in my opinion, the storyline began to drift and repeat. This however did not prevent me from wanting to know the conclusion which didn't disappoint.
The setting in the Faroe Isles is unusual and interesting. The story is compelling and plausible, well written. The narration by Matt Addis is superb, he brings the characters to life using a very good range of different registers and intonations.
The blood Strand - enjoyable read
At first I thought the narrator was boring and slow but the more I got into the book I raised that it was what the book need as for me it went with the characters laid back approach.
This book is a fascinating insight into a place that I only knew the name of. The characters were well written and the narration flowed very smoothly, moving from the first to the third person effortlessly, clearly delineating each character. I am only disappointed to find that Book 1 is not followed by Books 2, 3 and, at least, 4!
"excellent first book"
Yes, the characters are understated and interesting. The story is compelling. The writing and performance are excellent.
There are two characters that make me want to listen to the rest of this series and to whatever else this author offers--the Faroe Island dectective and the visiting British Detective. Both were introspective, non-hysterical, realistic characters.
It was clear. The distinction between characters was clear. Everything about the performance was well done
I hope Audible picks up the rest of the series and the rest of the author's novels.
Despite an interesting location and good narration, Blood Strand failed to hold my interest. Maybe I'll try it again later.
Prodigal son returns.
The protagonist's arrival on the Faeroe Islands is an interesting set up for the story.
No extreme reaction, it was a good book, well read. I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next in series, but wasn't dazzled.
I hope the author spends more time describing the geography of the area more in future books. Also, in order to make his story more compelling, I think he needs to add more depth to his main character. Perhaps he is planning on having Jan's back story unfold through subsequent books. I hope so.
"Interesting location and story"
I liked this book s lot. It took awhile to get used to the unfamiliar names and places, but once I did I really liked it. The reader was superb!
"Enjoyable foreign mystery"
I enjoyed the story and the the new geography, however had difficulty with foreign names. I really had to concentrate at the beginning to keep characters in place. My fault for not being familiar with Scandinavian names.
Starts nowhere, goes nowhere, ends nowhere. Narration changes from first to third person randomly. The protagonist is drawn out to the Faroe Islands to see a long lost father, but that thread is dropped immediately. There seems to be no reason for his presence, no reason for him to be helping the local police with a web of vaguely interlinking crimes. I hear it's hard to get a book published but after slogging through this mess I don't imagine it can be =that= incredibly difficult.
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