The Blackhouse is an atmospheric mystery set on the bleak Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Hebrides Archipelago. Edinburgh Detective Fin McLeod returns to the island of his childhood to investigate the murder of a childhood schoolmate which bears a strong resemblance to a case he’s investigating on the mainland. The narrative switches back and forth between the present (told in 3rd person) and the past (told in first person). The author describes life on the island with a Moby Dick-like attention to detail that slows the pace a bit, but is still interesting. As a child, MacLeod suffers enough tragedies to put the average person in a mental institution for life. Although I saw where the plot was headed, there was a twist at the end that I didn’t anticipate. The characters all all well-developed and three dimensional. A good read!