The environment and landscape is very interesting because Peter may does a very good job describing these things so you can get a really good picture if you even where in the book. He describes it as very windy and stormy when Fin is going to Sula Sgeir. It is not that different from where we live, the climate is kind of same but I guess it is windier at Isle of Lewis because the sea is very close unlike us that maybe has a lake nearby that you can’t compare to a big sea.

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I’ve read book “The Black House” by Peter May, the book is a thriller. The novel is about a Fin Macleod. Fin is a detective inspector who was sent to Isle of Lewis to investigate a murder. The place where the murder was done is actually his city where he was born and grew up in. We get to know character better over time since a big part of the novel is about his schooldays.

The book/novel gave me some knowledge about environment in these parts in Scotland and even local traditions which they use to celebrate. Such as hunting special kind of birds/ducks known as “Guga” The environment itself fits the novel in my opinion since murder based stories should take place in such places, isolated, that’s why I liked it. I don’t think that the story could’ve take place somewhere else, at least no other places come to my mind.

The ending of the novel did not really surprise me, I can say that I was expecting this kind of ending but I still liked it I just want to say that it was pretty obvious but it’s just my opinion. I have read more books which end with a suicide of a person who is followed by the reader because he / she pops up often in the story.

I did not really like the fact that it was Fin’s (main character) best friend from schooldays who was the murder of his son and then committed suicide in the end but that’s why the ending is good and make it more tragic. I would highly recommend this book for teenagers who are above 16 years old since the book could be hard to understand for younger people I think and I would also recommend this to those who are interested in dramas.

Of course I’ve learned more about blogging and make it go forward along with my book club friends. I’ve also learned that it is important to not fall behind in reading the book and share posts on blog regularly


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Now have we come to the last entry here on the blog for me. I hope you have read the other entries on the blog, and if you don’t I recommend you to do that before you continue reading this entry…

The novel is about Fin Macleod, he works as detective and should solve out a murder on the isle there he lived as child. The plot are both in past and present time, in one chapter follow you as reader fin as child and in the other chapter in present time. The book ends in a tragedy there Fins best friend as child is the murder.

Fin is a depressed man that just has lost his son and has relationship problems with his wife. But I think when he meet old friends and get all flashbacks from his childhood on the isle I think he feels little better. Because he can see thing from another perspective when he came back to the places there he not have was on a long time. But when his friend Artair proves the killer I think Fins life falls apart. But I also think that’s an end of a long story that has followed by whole Fins life.

Under the time I have read the Novel have I learned much about isle of Lewis there the plot take place. Before I start read the novel had I never heard about the isle of Lewis and the language Gaelic and especially not about the birds that name guga. So I have learned a lot of new things under the time I have read the novel. And if you should ask me if the story could take place some there else should I say NO, because all the special things with the isle are a bit of the story. Of course should all things that happened in the plot could happened somewhere else but that should not been the same thing.

Overall was that a good novel, but it was a bit boring in the middle part of the novel because there happened not so much. The most exciting part of the novel was the ending part when the turning point happened and Fin solves who is the killer. The end of the novel is not what you maybe expect but that is an open end there you can excogitate your own type of continuation. I should recommend this novel to a person who like read and have more patience than me. I want that something should happened whole the time for I should like it.

It have been new and improving for me to write on a blog and special in English, but I thought that have was ok and I hope you also thought that.

Have a nice weekend //Jakob

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Well, the book is finished. All that's left for me to do now is offer some of my thoughts on the novel.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The beginning got me hooked from the first sentence, and the ending provided a thrilling conclusion to the story. As for the middle, it didn’t progress at the fastest pace, but it more than made up for it with deep, interesting characters, detailed descriptions of the environment and a dark, mysterious atmosphere. It’s a definite recommendation to anyone who enjoys mystery and subtle horror.

As mentioned previously on the blog, the novel takes place on the isle of Lewis in Scotland, and the story is very closely tied to the island and there are many aspects of the story that could not be replicated elsewhere. The most obvious example of this would be the annual guga hunt on An Sgeir (technically a fictional island, but very strongly influenced by Sula Sgeir, its real-life counterpart). The trips to An Sgeir play an integral part to the plot, and the environment on the island perfectly matches the theme of the novel.

In reading the book, I’ve also picked up a lot of information about the isle of Lewis, including (but not limited to) the speaking of Scottish Gaelic, the guga hunt, a general sense of how people live there and some customs and traditions of the island (e.g. religion).

On a final note: writing the blog has been a new experience for me. This is the first real time that I’ve posted so much content that anyone on the internet can read, and I ended up enjoying for the most part. Who knows, maybe one day, I’ll decide to do it again.

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For my final entry I would like to compare the murder in the book with a real life instance. I was tempted to go with the Dunblane massacre (as it took place in Scotland), but I found more similarities with the case of Walter Seifert. In 1964, Seifert attacked a school in Germany, killing two teachers and eight students with a lance and a homemade flamethrower. He was caught the same day after taking a cyanide pill and died in custody the next day. We know that his wife died in childbirth and that he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and, later, schitzophrenia. He felt like he was treated unfairly by the government, and few wanted to employ him because of his tuberculosis.

There are some striking resembelances between this incident and the one in the book: the killer experienced a tragic family-related event (wife died in childbirth/his son was not his own), was diagnosed with a chronic disease (tuberculosis/asthma), felt betrayed (by the government/by his best friend), felt the need to take out revenge and took his own life in the end.

"Fin wondered if he had ever been more frightened. Out here, with a monstrous sea smashing itself over the rocks all around them, he had never felt less in control. It was a raw confrontation with nature at its most powerful, and he seemed tiny and insignificant by comparison." -The Blackhouse p. 447

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We are back at the time when they were young, about 17-18 years old. The book tells us about the relationship between Fin and his friend Marsaili. They were together 2 times back in the days. Than Fin and his friend Artair went to an Island with his father to hunt Gugas since it was a tradition. There was an unexpected accident as well during their hunt but I dont want to spoil too much.


"There was the strangest hush then, as if all the birds had answered some call for a moment's silence"

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The plot continuous with Fin´s quest to find the murder of Angel and the story about Fin´s childhood on the isle. Fin´s meeting with old friends on the isle continuous and his inquest going on without any big success. But one afternoon when he is home at Artair and taking with Marsaili, Fins phone rings and where the plot takes a turn…

Quote of the week: “But also very effective in reducing inflammation in the airways, so it's frequently prescribed for asthma sufferers.” Page:357

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During this week’s reading I have come across some things that I connect people in today’s world. Fin got a ride by a friend to a party at a beach where they were going to be a lot of people eating lots of food and drinking all night until they could barely stand up anymore. Fin was not doing this thing his whole summer before he got back to studying. He was just relaxing, being with friends and wasting time. Students and working people do almost the exact same thing in today. When we have a break from school or work we like to do things that we fancy. Such examples is go swimming or staying home or meeting friends. The things Fin did during his summer were the things that he liked just like the people do these days. The things Fin did during his summer were none less than the things we do these days during our school break or free time.

""To this day I have no idea how he got there.""

page 233

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English words-Swedish words   (Explenations)

Raucous-hes Happens when your vocal cords become swollen

Pint-halvliter Half a liter of water for example

Remnants-lämningar Remaining’s of food you save for another day

Recede-gå tillbaka-Go or move back to a previous position

Upholstery-klädsel-Adding a new covering to a furniture such as armchairs and sofas

ignition-tändning- The action of setting something on fire or starting to burn

assiduously-flitigt-Doing something very good

inquiry-förfrågan-An act of asking for information

moreose-dyster-In a bad mood or just sad for something

emitted-avge-Sending out something as gas or radiation

enigma-gåta-A person that is difficult to understand

Reluctant-motvillig-Unwilling to do a certain act

"My aunt was an enigma, one of the great unexplored mysteries of my life."

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Main character Fin, had a good friend back in days when he was going to highschool. His Name was Artair Macinnes and as said he was Fins first best firend. In my opinion he seems to be a bit clumsy when they were at school age. The accident with bonfire and night made me think so. That's how I see him in his old days. When Fin've left to do the investigation he meets him, Artair his old class mate and best firend at pub/bar on the Isle of Lewis, the city he has grown up in. According to the sotry he have changed a lot, got pretty fat he could have asthma since he was using an inhaler to ease his breathing. All this time he was living with his mother who is sick and he had to take care of her, according to him he would've left his city longa time ago. The didint do the best in the school either compared to Fin.




"Still living in the same house I was born in"

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