Thursday, March 07, 2013
Why I Liked THE BLACK HOUSE
I am going to talk about THE BLACKHOUSE by Peter May. I am taking for granted that the writing is great first of all.I can never finish a book that doesn't have pretty good if not great writing.
One-Great atmosphere-it is set in the Outer Hebrides in the north of Scotland. We learn a lot about the topography of this area-it is almost a character in the book.
Two- characters that seem to have both good and bad traits. Nothing is black and white. The main character is especially compelling. But many others are too.
Three-the violence is never pasted on top. It is never gratuitous. It is not filler. It is organic and arises from character and circumstance.
Four-Secrets from the past affect the presence. I love backstory. I could read a book that is all back story in fact.
What about you? Tell me some of the best traits of a recently enjoyed book.