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Coffin Road

Coffin Road by Peter May.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Quercus (October 4, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1681443899

 

Amazon Review

In his latest mystery set in Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, award-winning author Peter May spins a tale about three disparate cases that may or may not be linked…
On the remote Isle of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, a man washes up on a deserted beach, hypothermic and completely disoriented. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his condition is a map of the island showing a desolate, ancient path called the Coffin Road. With a sense of dread and no clear idea what lies at the other end, he knows he must follow the trail if he has any hope of discovering his identity.
Meanwhile, homicide detective George Gunn makes the rough ocean crossing to a remote, sea-battered lighthouse on a rock in the northern Atlantic, twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides, to investigate a brutal murder. Despite its isolation, the tiny island has seen its share of tragedy: more than a century earlier, three lighthouse keepers disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. And now there is a new tragedy, and Gunn must figure out what happened.
At the same time, a teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father’s death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist’s suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that her father would willingly abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that suicide had nothing to do with it.

I am not sure if it’s Peter May’s writing that I like so much..or.. where he puts me for his story.  I can’t say that I like this book "better" then "The Lewis Trilogy" but I know I had no problem in wanting to "read more" each day.

This is a hard review for me.  When my son passed away I was reading a different book. One in which I really thought I could get into.  However, after reading 200 of the 400 pages I could not get into it. I felt as if I was reading the same things over and over.  I don’t know if it was the book, or my not being able to put my mind into the book.  And so, this book.. helped somewhat. I knew what was going on and felt that I was able to want to know the outcome.

This is a good stand alone book, but if I had my druthers I would recommend The Lewis Trilogy to anyone who thinks they want to be in a place they never thought they would be.

And so.. I end 2016 having read only 43 books. I thought I would hit 50 but life got in the way.  Maybe 2017 will give me more interesting books to read.  Here is the list of what I read this year.:

1..The Murder Man………………….Tony Parsons……….(384 pgs)
2..Strings of Murder…………………Oscar De Muriel…….(406 pgs)
3..The Haunting of Maddy Clare……Simone St. James……(329 pgs)
4..The Vanishing……………………Wendy Webb…………(304 pgs)
5..Jack Kennedy Elusive Hero……..Chris Matthews……..(496 pgs)
6..These Few Precious Days……….Christopher Andersen..(336 pgs)

7..Inspector of the Dead…………..David Morrell……..(352 pgs)
9..Jackie After Jack……………….Christopher Andersen.(427 pgs)
10.Empty Mansions………………..Bill Dedman……….(456 pgs)
11.Cover of Snow………………….Jenny Milchman…….(326 pgs)
12.Things Half in Shadow………….Alan Fin………….(448 pgs)

13.The Lake House…………………Kate Morton………(512 pgs)
14.Wild Fell………………………..Michael Rowe……..(180 pgs)
15.Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey….Jessica Fellows…..(127 pgs)
16.Uprooted……………………….Naomi Novik………(456 pgs)
17.Anatomy of Evil………………..Will Thomas………(336 pgs)
18.House on an Irish Hillside………Felicity McCoy……(320 pgs)
19.The Silent Sister……………….Diane Chamberlain…(368 pgs)

20.Pretty Girls…………………….Karin Slaughter…..(416 pgs)

21.The Black Box…………………..Michael Connelly….(480 pgs)
22.Cracks in the Sidewalk…………..Bette L. Crosby…..(332 pgs)
23.A Memory of Violets……………..Hazel Gaynor……..(432 pgs)
24.The Midnight Rose……………….Lucinda Riley…….(496 pgs)
25.The Likeness……………………Tana French………(466 pgs)

26.Faithful Place…………………..Tana French……..(400 pgs)
27.Since She Went Away………………David Bell………(412 pgs)

28.Broken Harbor……………………Tana French……..(450 pgs)
29.The Burning Room…………………Michael Connelly…(576 pgs)
30.The Buried Giant…………………Kazuo Ishiguro…..(336 pgs)

31.Black Rabbit Hall…………………Eve Chase……….(384 pgs)
32.The Silent Girls………………….Eric Rickstad……(416 pgs)
33.The Woman who Walked into the Sea…..Mark D Home….(352 pgs)
34.The Life we Bury………………….Allen Eskens…….(303 pgs)
35.Every Dead Thing………………….John Connolly……(512 pgs)

36.Carved in Bone……………………Jefferson Bass…..(352 pgs)
37.Who Buries the Dead……………….C.S. Harris……..(352 pgs)
38.The Thirteenth Tale……………….Diane Setterfield..(406 pgs)
39.Abomination………………………Colleen Coble……(336 pgs)
40.The Hidden Child………………….Camilla Lackberg…(526 pgs)

41.The Uninvited…………………….Cat Winters……..(343 pgs)
42.The Sound of Glass………………..Karen White……..(448 pgs)

43.Coffin Road………………………Peter May……….(392 pgs)

So many books…  so little time.

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