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Discovering a new writer and the magic of the Hebrides.
le 5 février 2015
After reading about 100 pages, The Hebrides made me fall in their nets, especially during the guga hunt on a hostile and rugged island off Lewis coast called An Sgeir in the novel ( English name: Sular Sgeir). A guga is the Gaelic name of a gannet, a beautiful seabird which used to be hunted (“harvested”) for their tasty flesh in the Hebrides. A traditional primal hunt passed down from generation to generation and sending goosebumps down your spine!
By the way, I forgot to point out that book is a suspense thriller and its magic works! The detective, Fin, in charge of a gory murder on the island was born and bred on Lewis Island before escaping to Glasgow and Edinburgh to look for a better life. While looking for clues to identify the murderer, he finds out that the murder is related to his boyhood and young adult life on the island, having to face up his past.
An exhilarating book in the wilderness of the sea!
” Out here, with a monstrous sea smashing itself over the rocks around them, Fin 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 … He could hear the sea snapping and slurping at the rock, as if it were trying to devour it…His lifejacket seemed ludicrously flimsy. If he fell in the water, it would probably keep him afloat long enough for the sea to tear him apart on the rock.”
Will Fin get out of this inferno and solve his murder case?