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The Blood Strand Having left the Faroes as a child Jan Reyna is now a British police detective and the islands are foreign to him But he is drawn back when his estranged father is found unconscious with a shotgun by

  • Title: The Blood Strand
  • Author: Chris Ould
  • ISBN: 9781783297047
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • Having left the Faroes as a child, Jan Reyna is now a British police detective, and the islands are foreign to him But he is drawn back when his estranged father is found unconscious with a shotgun by his side and someone else s blood at the scene Then a man s body is washed up on an isolated beach Is Reyna s father responsible Looking for answers, Reyna falls in with lHaving left the Faroes as a child, Jan Reyna is now a British police detective, and the islands are foreign to him But he is drawn back when his estranged father is found unconscious with a shotgun by his side and someone else s blood at the scene Then a man s body is washed up on an isolated beach Is Reyna s father responsible Looking for answers, Reyna falls in with local detective Hjalti Hentze But as the stakes get higher and Reyna learns about his family and the truth behind his mother s flight from the Faroes, he must decide whether to stay, or to forsake the strange, windswept islands for good.

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    1. Raven on said:

      Okay, so I haven’t really shut up about this book for a month in my daytime job as a bookseller, as it is set apart from much of crime fiction by the largely unfurrowed terrain of its Faroe islands setting. With a similarity in its premise to Peter May’s excellent Hebridean trilogy of a mainland detective returning to the stamping grounds of their youth, and replete with the sense of place exhibited in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland books, I was soon immersed in this far from everyday tale of islan [...]

    2. Sandy on said:

      This was a great surprise. It's not an action packed thriller but rather a thinking man's murder/police procedural.It focuses on 2 men who are cops. Jan is returning to the place of his birth for the first time since his mother fled the Faroe Islands. His estranged (and wealthy) father is seriously ill & he's not sure what to expect from family members who are strangers. The other man is Hjalti, the local detective investigating a murder which involves Jan's family. As the 2 cops spend more [...]

    3. Icewineanne on said:

      This is the 1st book of a new mystery series set in the Faroe Islands. The main character, detective Jan Reyna, was taken from the Faroes as a child when his mother left his father. He grew up in Britain but is now back to see his estranged father & explore his roots. Of course he becomes involved in a murder that is somehow connected to his father and even though he has no official status there, he's right in the thick of things.I enjoyed learning about the Faroes, and its people immensely. [...]

    4. Cphe on said:

      I did enjoy this although I had quite a few issues with the story/plot. I did enjoy the setting and the descriptions of the islands, the bleakness, starkness and the way the community was described.There are two themes in this novel. There is the murder, mystery police procedural component and then there is the return of the main character, Detective Jan Reyna. Jan returns to the islands to confront a past that continues to haunts him. The two themes intertwine.The primary issue I had with this [...]

    5. Deanna on said:

      A solid, thoughtful mystery. Slow, but not because it's uninteresting. Tense and suspenseful in the right places. I loved visiting a place I had never heard of, the Faroe Islands. They are near but independent from Denmark, with their own language and island culture. Without feeling I was being described to, I felt quite present in the place--not an easy trick for this reader. The protagonist is originally from the islands, but raised in England, and working as a police detective there when he g [...]

    6. Larry on said:

      The setting of this mystery (first of three) is interesting: The Faroes, an island group between Iceland and Norway (but belonging to Denmark) with a population of 45,000. Like Peter May's books (set in the Hebrides) or Anne Cleve's (set in the Shetlands), Ould's chosen setting gives the book a slightly different feel than I aam used to. The main character, Jan Reyna, left the Faroes with his mother when he was three. She killed herself when he was five, and he was raised by his aunt and uncle. [...]

    7. Breakaway Reviewers on said:

      The first in a trilogy set in the Faroes. Looking forward to reading the next two!I absolutely loved this book. I am a great fan of Scandinavian thrillers both on TV and in books and this is in a similar vein. The action takes place on the Faroes. I have never been there but have been to Iceland so had an idea of this type of place. However, everything is slightly down-scaled as the Faroes are not quite as distant as Iceland and the action is not quite as dramatic as some novels of this ilk that [...]

    8. Cathy Cole on said:

      Two years ago I read another crime novel set in the Faroes, and I've become intrigued with these remote islands that are found between Iceland and Norway. Author Chris Ould gives readers a good feel for the setting and the customs of the people and even provides a brief basic pronunciation guide to the language which comes in very handy (although the book is not overloaded with Faroese words).Local policeman Hjalti Hentze was my favorite character, due in part to the fact that he explained local [...]

    9. Kerrie on said:

      Chris Ould's previous outings as a screen writer and author of YA crime fiction titles means that he has brought a polished style to THE BLOOD STRAND which promises to be the beginning of a trilogy, even perhaps a series.Faroes-born Jan Reyna comes back to the Faroes from England because his father has been shot and seems to be dying. His adoptive parents encourage him to attempt one last reconciliation. Inevitably his policeman's detective brain kicks in and he realises there are mysteries to b [...]

    10. Stephanie on said:

      The Blood Strand is the first book in a new detective series that is set in the Faroe Islands. At the start of the novel there is a map showing the location of the Faroes and a guide on pronunciation. I was grateful for both, not knowing where they were and I am one of those readers that prefer to pronounce characters names correctly. Jan had left the Faroes with his mother when he was very young and apart from a disastrous visit in his teens had no contact with his father. Neither had he met an [...]

    11. Rob Kitchin on said:

      The Blood Strand is the first in a new police procedural series set in the Faroes. It very much has the feel of Scandinavian crime fiction, with its low key and realist telling and emphasis on place and family. The tale tells the story of British detective Jan Reyna’s return to the islands he left as a child and his contribution to a murder investigation in which is father is a suspect. Reyna’s outsider status enables Ould to introduce both the character and reader to Faroes landscape and co [...]

    12. Barbara on said:

      This book came highly recommended as a smart crime novel, and did not disappoint. Despite the title, this is not a gory or gruesome book (maybe one paragraph)!I had never heard of Faroes Island, a Danish controlled territory between Iceland and Norway, in the North Atlantic. Rainy, cold and dark much of the year, but the book was not bleak as often felt in novels based on islands off the coast of Newfoundland. I knew at the start this was the first book of a trilogy (I would prefer to binge read [...]

    13. Patricia Gulley on said:

      I really liked this book. I decided to read it based on the fact it took place on the Faroe Islands, a Danish territory between Iceland and the UK. Very few destinations draw me in, but there are some in this world. An English detective returns to the Faroes because his estranged father is dying, and gets caught up in a murder investigation with a Faroe detective. Several twists and turns, and a good complex mystery. Recommended.

    14. Leanna on said:

      Subtle, bleak and compelling. The building of tension and pace was impeccably smooth, and the characters and procedural work were quite believable. Masterful work. Full review @ thecrimereview.

    15. Yvonne on said:

      Discovered Chris Ould’s trilogy while researching books about the Faroes. Am I glad I did. Really, really enjoyed Blood Strand and delighted that I have two more waiting. Since the protagonist is returning to the Faroes after almost a lifetime away, we are introduced to the islands exactly how I wanted. The style was easy to read and the plot was a page-turner. My minor complaint is that some of the writing was in in first person and some in third, jarring at times, for me anyway. This sentenc [...]

    16. Aileen on said:

      I've found another Nordic series! This one is set on the Faroe Isles, and features Jan Reyna, an English policeman returning to the place of his birth when his estranged father is found in a bloodstained car with a shotgun and a case full of money, having had a heart attack. Jan is drawn into the investigation with the local police at the same time as getting to know this side of his family and trying to find out why his mother took him away when he was 3 years old. A good start to this series, [...]

    17. Margaret1358 Joyce on said:

      The restrained pacing of Chris Ould's prose mimics the stark, natural beauty of the Faroe Islands in which the mystery is set. The narrator, a British detective on a personal quest for answers to questions about his own family's history in these islands, ends up helping the local police with a murder. In so doing, he gets close to some of the answers for which he has been searching. A great read!

    18. Dee on said:

      An enjoyable start to a series set in the Faroe Islands. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book but also good, old steady police work. At first, I found the Farose words sprinkled throughout and the names distracting. I was concentrating more on how to pronounce them then what was happening in the story. However, like any good tale, once I got sucked into the story, they no longer distracted and I was off on the chase with the detectives.

    19. Natalie Mullan on said:

      A great trip back to the traditional crime/mystery novel - a puzzler without everything exploding (actually nothing does) and true original detective grit. Despite my initial thoughts that this was a translation, it is written by a UK screenwriter/author (fans of The Bill will love this novel), set beautifully in the Faroes (halfway between Norway & Iceland) An uncomplicated, complicated mystery that will see me reading the full trilogy.

    20. Emma Bull on said:

      ***RECEIVED FROM GIVEAWAY***This is the first book I've read by the author, and I'll be adding his others to my to-read list. I was hooked with the mystery of the who dunnit, but also found the characters to be interesting and genuine. I can't wait to read the next in the Faroes novel series.

    21. Moirad on said:

      Promising start to a new series. Set in the Faroes, way up north, with an interesting set of characters, including a British detective, born to Faroese parents but who has lived almost all his life in Britain. His family is closely involved in the criminal inquiry, and there are lots of unresolved questions about the reason for his move away from the Faroes.

    22. Carol Palmer on said:

      I heard about this book on the Faroes Island podcast. I do like Scandinavian noir, but does it count if the writer is English? This engrossing novel transported me back to the Faroes and provided a good mystery with twists and turns (like most of the roads in the Faroes). The other two books are going on my ‘to-read” list.

    23. ctdak on said:

      Great setting and place, similar in that respect to other "island mystery" authors like Ann Cleeves and Peter May. Fairly well written with pretty good character development. The ending was very disappointing though. The last 35 pages made for a very abrupt and, for me, unsatisfactory ending, but I will read the others in this trilogy and hope they have a good story with a better ending.

    24. Elizabeth on said:

      An excellent read that kept me guessing until the end. The twists and turns came at the right moments and kept the story moving. I picked this up because it reminded me of the show Fortitude but it is so much better.

    25. Caroline Ingvaldsen on said:

      The first Faroes novel, is an intriguing police procedural introducing Jan Reyna a British police detective, and his island counterpart, Hjalti Hentze, set in the little known North Atlantic archipelago.

    26. Johannes on said:

      Simply a well crafted storyYou get a feel for the setting. The story doesn't stall. The characters are believable. The case is solved and you end up wanting to learn more about them. The story continues.

    27. Anne Baker on said:

      A very good read. I look forward to reading more Faroes novels.

    28. Agnes Kalivoda on said:

      Totally loved this book, looking forward to start the next one from Chris Ould.

    29. Graham Watson on said:

      Slow going to an unsatisfactory ending.Main character not particularly likeable and very one dimensional

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