: Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Mysteries ( ): Ann Cleeves: Books. Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet – Kindle edition by Ann Cleeves. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Set in the remote Scottish Shetland Islands, Cleeves’s taut, atmospheric thriller, the first in a new series, will keep readers guessing until the last.
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But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus.
Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Lceeves saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Bladk. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. Preview — Raven Black by Ann Cleeves. Hardcoverpages. Published May 29th by Raevn Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Raven Blackplease sign up. I am leading a book club discussion this week on Raven Black and was wondering if anyone has ideas for questions to delve into with our group?
Cathy Sprankle The ideas of acceptance by and the feeling of belonging to the community are major themes in this book. Discuss the degree to which Jimmy, Fran, …more The ideas of acceptance by and the feeling of belonging to the community are major themes in this book.
Discuss the degree to which Jimmy, Fran, Sally, Catherine, and Magnus belong, or feel like they belong, to the island community.
How do those feelings change over the course of the book? See all 3 questions about Raven Black…. Lists with This Book. A thriller were a teenage girl ends up dead and everyone blames the mentally disabled man who was accused of killing another girl years ago.
Raven Black (Shetland Island, #1) by Ann Cleeves
It was an interesting read, I didn’t see the ending coming at all. The pacing was good too. The characters could have been better written but it’s a mystery so I didn’t care very much.
Nothing spectacular but a good read when you just want to read for pleasure. View all 6 comments. Oct 10, Adina rated it liked it Shelves: I started a couple of new series and the first book in the Shetland Island novels was one of the standouts. Unfortunately, I stopped reading in, in order to dive into Lethal Weapon and when I came back I had the tendency to compare it with J.
The novel started very well, I enjoyed the different POV and the sense of place was well presented by the different characters. I found the two main characters, Fran and detective Perez to be realistic and interesting. The mystery, which revolves around the killing of a young girl, was engaging and I could not guess the ending.
I am lucky enough that my mum also liked this series and she already read the next two books so I have them at my disposal when I decided to immerse myself again in a good mystery set in the remote island of Shetland. View all cleeved comments. Oct 07, Richard Derus rated it it was amazing. And it’s beautiful to look at. There are two facts I must convey to you before reviewing the book. I was the object of my pedophile mother’s sexual interest until I was fifteen.
Unsurprisingly, these aren’t the sorts of themes I find enjoyable to find in my leisure reading. I was thinking seriously of abandoning the blaci, just quietly taking the book back to the library and forgetting it existed. Cleeves managed to make that an undesirable option, and in doing so, made it possible for me to hold a very unflattering mirror up to my character.
The younger of my two grandsons is autistic. It is extremely hard for his mother to cope with the demands of two active, intelligent, communicative children plus an active, intelligent, uncommunicative one. I don’t know how she does it. I would be incapable of doing one-third what she does, with at long last support and help from her second husband. Magnus Tait, one of our POV characters, is cognitively impaired. It made me think of the helpless inability I feel when confronted with my autistic grandson At least I understand.
But funnily enough, that fails to make it better. It makes it worse. Pedophilia is present in several characters, no spoilers so no names, and the object of desire’s POV raevn used in the cledves as well.
It’s unbelieveable to me that Cleeves can recreate the blaco feelings of a child who holds that kind of intoxicating, terrifying, inappropriate power over an adult. I hope not, for her sake, but I felt “takes one to know one” so many times in reading certain parts of the book. The thriller aspects of the book were blck done, though as an old hand I pegged the blackk and motive fairly early on I recommend this book to the unsqueamish. Nothing that happens in it is gratuitous.
The guilty, blac, I mean those morally guilty, are punished severely. There is a bleak pleasure in that. View all 11 comments.
Mar 09, Phrynne rated it really liked it. I am a devoted follower of the TV series “Vera” which is based on another series by this author. So abn course I was clevees to read this book and I am very glad I did. The author writes well and I enjoyed her descriptions of the Shetland Isles, an area I have never visited but would like to!
The book starts off a bit slowly but it speeds up as it goes along and is blac, interesting. A nice, unexpected little twist at the end finishes the book on a high and I was very happy to discover there I am a devoted follower of the TV series “Vera” which is based on another series by this author.
A nice, unexpected little twist at the end finishes the book on a high and I was very happy to discover there are quite a few more books in the series for me to read. View all 8 comments. Of her four series The Vera Stanhope was of the most interest but blqck first in the series seems to be missing at our library.
I particularly liked the measured pacing and revealing of the character of both Perez and The Shetland Island locale. The metaphorical use of blacks and whites in plot structure gave the whole a brooding feel which added to my enjoyment. There is plenty of room for Rave to be fleshed out. A solid beginning to a continuing series. View all 5 comments. I really enjoyed the dark brooding atmosphere of this novel set in the Shetland Islands.
The novel centres around an old man, Magnus Tait who was implicated in the disappearance of a young girl some years ago. The girl was never found and the police had insufficient evidence to charge Magnus who has since been living a b,ack life, but now another girl has been murdered near his house.
Leading the local police is Jimmy Perez, whose family despite their name are rven time residents of Shetlan I really enjoyed the dark brooding atmosphere of this novel set in the Shetland Islands. Leading the cleeges police is Jimmy Perez, whose family despite their name are long time residents of Shetland.
He is not sure all is as straight forward as it seems and he doggedly follows up clues as he tries to find out the secrets being kept from him.
The author Ann Cleeves is also the writer of the Vera series of books bladk into an excellent TV series and this first in rafen Shetland cleefes suggests the plots and character will be just as interesting. No one knew he had this beautiful creature to visit him. She was his treasure, the raven in his cage. Raven Black cannot be compared to atypical crime novel, instead, this book promises us with a mystery that will only pull us more into its darker side, and a No one knew he had this beautiful creature to visit him.
Raven Black cannot be compared to atypical crime novel, instead, this book promises anb with a mystery that will only pull us more into its darker side, and also it promises us with one of the finest detectives in the British Literature- DI Jimmy Perez.
It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter’s eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance. The locals clreves the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man – loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community.
For the first time in years, Catherine’s neighbours blac lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst. Raven Black is not only a crime novel, but it also explores the aspects of teenage friendships, past regrets and madness. Then why it is a better book?
Well Cleeves writing is extraordinarily exquisite and articulate. The narration is crystal clear and free-flowing like a river- I will say easy to comprehend. The whole investigation taking place in Shetland is described intricately and vividly.
Cleeves portrayed Perez as a widower with a step-daughter, Cassie and as a brave, strong man whose determination will keep you hooked on to the story. Cleeves qnn rest of the supporting characters skilfully by portraying their past to let us know them on a personal basis, hence leaving room for us to judge them on our opinions.