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Publisher's Summary

In his latest mystery set in Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, award-winning author Peter May spins a tale about three disparate cases that may or may not be linked....

On the remote Isle of Harris in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, a man washes up on a deserted beach, hypothermic and completely disoriented. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his condition is a map of the island showing a desolate, ancient path called the Coffin Road. With a sense of dread and no clear idea what lies at the other end, he knows he must follow the trail if he has any hope of discovering his identity.

Meanwhile, homicide detective George Gunn makes the rough ocean crossing to a remote, sea-battered lighthouse on a rock in the northern Atlantic, 20 miles west of the Outer Hebrides, to investigate a brutal murder. Despite its isolation, the tiny island has seen its share of tragedy: more than a century earlier, three lighthouse keepers disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. And now there is a new tragedy, and Gunn must figure out what happened.

At the same time, a teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that her father would willingly abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that suicide had nothing to do with it.

©2016 Peter May (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"An extremely chilling tale. From a man with memory loss, to a young girl dealing with the loss of her father, to a tale of a policeman unmasking the past, readers will have to pay close attention so they don't lose track of the amazing web May has created." ( Suspense Magazine)
"May keeps the stories clear and the pace fast, with the Hebrides atmosphere serving as a wild, unpredictable fourth character. Flat-out fantastic." ( Booklist )
"May evokes his native Scotland as ruggedly dangerous, his well-drawn characters equally so." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Hair-raising, but a whisker short of a brilliant

A decent plot with gorgeous descriptions of the Scottish coastline were undermined by detailed references to hair and hairlines. Spoiler Alert: A lack of hair, receding hairline or tints of 'ginger' colouring are an almost sure hint that a villain is being introduced to the plot. As I reached the middle of the book I picked up on this, and was on the lookout for styling hints for the rest of the read.

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  • L M McDermott
  • 11-04-2020

Excellent

Peter May at his best. Many strands and I love the Hebredian setting! The novel is evocative of the landscape and moves along at a good pace leaving you wanting to know more. Difficult to stop listening.

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  • Cath Romney
  • 13-03-2020

Brilliant

Great page turner as ever Peter may does not disappoint would highly recommend. His books are always good

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-12-2019

Coffin Road

Thoroughly enjoyed this book as I always do with Peter May's books. Narrative was excellent as well.

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  • Particia Welsh
  • 17-07-2020

1 of my top 10 this year.

This book is awesome, the story is about realistically saving human race. great narrator. Patricia Welsh

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  • Ian Campbell
  • 02-01-2020

Makes me want to explore the Hebrides

Thoroughly enjoyed the narration of such a spectacular location. And informative about the bee die off.

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  • Deborah
  • 12-10-2019

Coffin Road

Peter May is a superlative storyteller. Coffin Road is another spellbinding listen and again beautifully read by Peter Forbes.

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  • Mrs. Lynn Tulloch
  • 04-04-2019

Grippingly addictive

I was fully able to submerse myself in this book, time flew by as I listened intently to it. Peter Forbes was a fantastic narrator too. I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone. It’s amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-02-2019

Loved it!

My first audio book and I’m absolutely hooked!!!! Love the random dark sections, very intriguing story to follow

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