A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called Coffin Road. He doesn’t know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it.
I am a big fan of Peter May and this book didn’t disappoint. There are various strands to the story and the narrative switches between them which is a format I enjoy, although it can be confusing.
As always, the author bring the Hebrides to life and you can imagine the barren landscapes and the beauty of the islands.
I also learned something from the book. I know that bees are precious but didn’t realise the extent of their importance. The book was well researched in this respect. It is hard to integrate science into a crime thriller but feel the author managed this admirably.
The characters are diverse, from a feisty teenager to a policeman suffering from sea-sickness. The story comes together with an interesting climax. I worked some of it out but not all.
In conclusion, a good thriller with a strong eco-message which would make an interesting discussion for book groups.
All in all an interesting read and highly recommended.
Coffin Road by Peter May
9781784293123|Quercus hbk Jan 2015
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