Karen’s life changed for the worse when her dad committed suicide and she has been trying to find a way to live with that ever since. When she meets up with a man who used to work with her dad and uncovers an alternative version of the truth, she decides to find out for herself what happened two years previously. Meanwhile, a man wakes up on the beach on the Isle of Harris with a lapse in memory, a neighbour who watches him through binoculars, and a chocolate Labrador.
As usual, Peter May has delivered a fantastically twisted plot, so finely woven, that it had me guessing right to the very end. May knows how to keep the mystery in the story and when to unravel it. I love the characters because they are realistic and full-bodied but most of all I love his writing technique. May has a calm narration style that carries the reader away. The Hebridean Islands are described in romantic, poetic detail, just enough to visualize and maybe even smell the place but not enough to bog down the plot. I never tire of this writer.