His bloody project.
Publication year: 2015
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Glasgow : Contraband, 2015.
ISBN: 1910192147 9781910192146 (pbk): 8.99
The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country s finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows.
No. of reservations: 1
This book is a depressing account of a terrible crime and the stories of the people behind it. The characters are well described, and even though there is a sense of foreboding throughout the book, there was still some grim humour to counterbalance all the misery. The harsh life of the villagers in the Scottish Highlands in the 1860s is vividly portrayed. The impressive writing style made us question whether the whole story was real, although we felt a different voice was needed for Roddy’s written account of events. The conflict between sanity & insanity appears throughout the story. This book was enjoyed more than expected, but is not a book for the faint-hearted. 8.5/10
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