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Recycled Book Reading Challenge: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Hello!

Welcome to my Recycled Book Reading Challenge post for my April read! I did  and did not like this one. I must admit, this is the first Ann Cleeves book that I have read. Allow me to explain.

The story starts out with Magnus Taint, an older gentleman with a mental disability who is blamed for the killing of  a teenage girl nearby. Of course. He was also investigated for a former death of a girl. This seems to be a common cliché now. It is difficult though to explore his weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The inability to understand fully the depth of accusations against ones person immediately musters a general empathetic anxiety for the character.

The story plot made me uncomfortable. I do not personally enjoy tales of harm to children or pedophelia. These themes really made me want to just put the book down. However, what kept me reading was not the disturbedness of it, but the unique point of view of the child. A rawly emotional and powerful point of view which really made this reader wonder if the research was that good or if the author herself had experienced these thoughts and emotions at some point herself. (Which puts a completely different spin on things).

The ending is a total surprise, or was for me anyway. I won’t spoil it here.

Ann Cleeves has been highly complimented on her accurate writing about Shetland, in her Shetland series. I have never been there, so cannot account for it personally, but it nice to feel as though the places being described are so accurate that you can kind of picture yourself there.

This is a heavy read. I recommend it if you have the stomach for it. For sensitive readers, I would steer clear of this one. I would like to find another Ann Cleeves book to give a read and see if it was just the book that sat heavily on my brain, or the writer herself.

If you would like to join this challenge, please click here for the challenge instructions. The more the merrier!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

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