Shortlisted for the Audible Sounds of Crime Award 2014
The new start...
Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island.
The Old Friend...
This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret.
The Final Chapter...
But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realizes that revealing the truth could destroy the future.
©2013 Peter May (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc
"Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth" (New York Times)
This is the third of the Lewis trilogy by Peter May. I read the first two but, after starting a job which involved a long drive, decided to listen to this one. This was very much the right choice.
The story is wonderful, dark and brooding, realistic about life and love and evoking the bleak environment of the islands. It’s tension never lets up and it’s very difficult to stop listening.
For me, however, this story was improved a hundredfold by Peter Forbes’s excellent narration. His accents are superb, his delivery is pitch perfect, adding a real dynamism to the tale. He is at no point over dramatic, which I find a lot on Audible, but managed to convey real emotion without sounding hammy.
Five stars aren’t quite enough for such excellent story telling.
Whilst you could undoubtedly enjoy each part of this trilogy as a stand alone story - listen in the correct order and you will gradually absorb the complete tapestry of Fin's life as well as pick up sub-plots, stories and clues that weave their way throughout the 3 books. Rarely have I come across a trilogy that has been so cleverly constructed. Well written and well read The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and now The Chessmen are thoroughly absorbing and I would have thought enjoyable for men and women alike.
Driving some 40k between jobs of work in the Scottish Highlands radio and mobile phone signals are very poor, which is no bad thing. Music is fine for short periods but having discovered audible I can think of no greater pleasure than getting lost in a good book and that I have done many times. Having listened to almost 200 books over the last few years this trilogy is only the second that has moved me enough to write a review. The narration is superb, accents and intonations paint such a beautiful picture of the setting and the people of Lewis. Peter May's ability to tell a story of intertwining lives, friendships and romance is so close to what seems ordinary but he makes it so much more. The addition of an extraordinary story which is so believable makes this something you can't stop listening to until you reach the end & even then the hunger for more is there. Not ever having been to Lewis Google earth gives some insight to its beauty creating a desire for its exploration. The books in this trilogy made me find excuses to go walking, drive slower and further.........and just get out into the garden to do mundane tasks just so I could plug in and get lost in the story. Sorry it had to end. Peter please give us some more!!!!!!
I have been bowled over by these novels and couldn't wait to read each one in turn. Each plot links the past, childhood loves and teenage jealousies and loss, with a present conundrum. The characters are rich and their relationships are deep and realistically drawn. I suspected that the backdrop of a small Scottish isle might render the stories mundane, but far from it. Concentrating on a tiny community allows us to examine the protagonists and their motives in detail.
The narration is excellent, switching effortlessly between various Scottish brogues and English accents. The tale is told with meaning and expression.
I recommend this book and this author, though I would suggest reading the thee books, the Lewis Man, The Black House and The Chess Men, in order to understand the full history of the characters.
Love all sorts of books, Eng Lit degree, but not just classics - SciFi, modern... just like good writing!
I had waited for this to be produced, and have to say that this felt such a good last novel.
The Hebridean islands had their fitting and rightful place in the story, and all the themes of the influence of the past, the effect of growing up on a remote island community, the comradeship of old friendships, the ties of family, have their place in this story.
If you have enjoyed the other two books (The Blackhouse, Lewis Man) then this will satisfy you completely.
The narrator is perfect, as before, and I feel faintly bereft now that the story is brought to a place where we say goodbye to Fin, Marsaili, Donald and the rest.
An excellent thriller, in keeping with the other 2 books in this trilogy. Magnificently read. I ended up staying up til 2am in order to listen to the end - and am now sorry I did because this means it's finished!!! Highly recommended - the wait for this final book of this trilogyy was worth it.
This is a great novel well read. The drama is perhaps slightly less intense than the previous two books, but it still has its moments. It's a great listen, with evocative descriptions of Lewis and a good story. A fitting ending to a great trilogy.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great third novel (not sure if this is the conclusion to the series) but I highly recommend it. I have listened to all three novels in order and have really enjoyed them. You can listen to them out of order as each one is a great individual novel in it's own right.
I thought it was a great story and very well narrated (loving Peter Forbes). I enjoyed the pace of the story and thought it was a very good thriller. I have enjoyed the series immensely.
I would recommend anyone interested to try the series. This the first Peter May novels I have tried and they have been very enjoyable. I would recommend them.
It didn't live up to the two preceding books of the trilogy.
Probably, but I might explore them before buying them from Audible. Narration was very good, as usual, so it made up for what was lacking in the storyline.
Nothing springs to mind.
A little of each. The central characters had had such substance in The Lewis Man, and been highly believable in Blackhouse, so it was sad to end on an anticlimax.
Peter May must find visiting the Isle of Lewis a worrying experience, as there have been so many murders there, if one were to believe his novels. His writing is forceful and evocative in the first two books of the trilogy, but descends into repetition in The Chessmen. Only 5 out of 10 for this one, I'm afraid.
I'm a lover of crime fiction and I thought I was buying a book about poaching, murder and dastardly deeds. It wasn't really like that, and poaching hardly got a mention.
It was really a story about friendships and betrayal. Not massively exciting, but I enjoyed the narrative but the plot was a bit dull,
yes - but only after reading the first two - the endfing needs to be told
none in particular
no - not as much as the first two
I felt slightly disappointed - it was a good enough ending but ,,, something didn't gel as much as tghe first two for me
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