Amnesia is the Swiss Cheese of plot devices and is very hard to write without raising eyebrows and questions from readers. However this author was able to win me over with his striking descriptions of the Scottish landscape which filled the whole book with atmosphere and mood, and I enjoyed my time spent with this book.
What starts out as a baffling mystery gradually merges into a very timely tale, one with implications that are all too real. To avoid spoilers, I will say very little about the plot. I prefer to complement Peter May on his choice of setting and the degree to which he infuses the story with the uniqueness of that setting, Harris Isle and the tiny Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides. Starting a novel in the first person with a protagonist who has lost all memory of who he is, where he is or how he comes to be there certainly gets a mystery off to a good start but it presents many difficulties for the writer: How is it that he remembers how to perform an internet search, drive a car or care for a dog and yet has no recollection of what he has been doing for a living, what special skills he possesses, what city he comes from, whether or not he is married? A degree of suspension of disbelief is required and May succeeds in overcoming this obstacle so unobtrusively that we scarcely notice the trick he has performed. Yes, there are a couple of minor problems in logic along the way, actions that the protagonist takes that hardly stand up to close scrutiny but they don't impede the tale significantly. I also applaud May's extensive research into some pretty abstruse biochemical material. And as said, he takes full advantage of a wonderful geographic setting and the habits and behavior of the people who live there.
This is the best thriller I have read in a long time.
Fast paced, great characters, interesting and intelligent plot.
Loved the scenery , storms, and terrific writing .
( you can tell that May was a script writer for TV )
I am now a big Peter May Fan - Can't wait to read some of his others.
A fascinating look at a current problem with a great deal of suspense and lots of twists. Well worth the read.
Excellent read with characters carefully interwoven into a plausible story. The book reads quickly with lots of clues and the feeling that solving the mystery is just beyond the reach of the reader. The last 50 pages has a tension familiar to those who read DeMille's Plum Island.
The back-story is realistic, both the issue and those who wish it were not an issue. Enjoyed the setting of the Hebrides, and would like to read more from Peter May.
His other novels have been fine, but this is a very lazy book. Research into the decline of bees slapped in where needed. Ridiculous police procedures, and characters who do nothing but carry on at a high rate of hysteria.
Peter May has again crafted a taut, suspenseful thriller set on the wild and windswept Outer Hebrides, this time on the Isle of Harris. Twisty plot turns and seemingly unconnected mysteries characterize this novel of corporate intrigue, old unsolved riddles, a man washed up on a lonely shore with no memory of his previous existence, and an angry young woman looking for her father. Add the eco theme of vanishing honey bees, and you have an interesting and irresistible read. As always, Peter May's descriptions of the rocky, desolate landscape, seas and horizons of the remote islands are cinematic in nature and this book reads very much like a television program or movie.
Nice suspense on the windswept, lonely coast of the Outer Hebrides.
Peter May is a master story-teller in the Scots tradition.He has a way with words. Starting with the premise what if? This is scary stuff indeed and, unfortunately, a very possible scenario.He knows his Islands and his Islanders.I am a fan.
I don't know how people can find this a believable story. It is my 1st Peter May book & also my last. I certainly haven't become a fan of his.
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