This book is a 4 star read for me. The synopsis had me intrigued and the book did not disappoint. It is a very slow-burn murder mystery story. It touches on Celtic history which I loved and deals with the supernatural. The haunting, spooky atmosphere and vibes were definitely there. The characters are very likable and well- rounded. Overall I find this a very well written book with lots of suspense and tension just keep in mind the first half of the book is a slow start but absolutely worth it in the end!
Although hard to get into this book was rewarding. The setting (Scottish highlands), and protaganist (Angus - a constable who can foresee some deaths) were lovely while the story went in a twist that I wasn’t expecting coming from a (what I thought) was primarily a police procedural. I just wish this wasn’t this authors first work!
“what then, was life, if not the search for knowledge in the face of darkness? What was the point of any of it without knowledge?”
An enthralling journey into the pagan, the occult, and history propelled by a fascinating plot? Set in Scotland? Count me in, and consider yourself warned: this psychologically insightful psychological thriller will have you clearing your schedule as you race to the end.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.
another DNF for me, witch is sad. I just was not invested in the story even a bit. I didn't care what happens to witch character. I actually read three other books while I was in the process of reading this one!
A mix if folk horror and Tartan nioir, a haunting and gripping story that kept me hooked.
Many thanks to the publisher, all opinions are mine
This Tartan Horror/Mystery had me creeped out in the middle of the night! And yet, I couldn’t put it down, spine shivers be damned!
The novel revolves around a murder of a young girl and the mystery of her gruesome death, as seen through the eyes of the local constable who is investigating it, Angus. But this policeman is extraordinarily gifted with paranormal (in)sight, a legacy of his own haunted past. What results is a deeply engrossing whodunit woven through with Gaelic history and culture. For readers who enjoy hints of the demonic, pagan, and ancient evils, The Unforgiven Dead will have you prancing a ritual dance. For readers who love a twisted murder mystery, one in which the murderer is hidden in plain sight alá Agatha Christie, The Unforgiven Dead will absolutely make you squeal once the culprit is exposed.
But the story alone is not the novel’s only draw. The characters of this novel are deftly crafted, their dialogue mimics life, their motivations are raw and human and utterly flawed. For readers of literary fiction, the trials of Angus, Nadia, Gills, and Ashleigh will rent your heart. Their lives mimic reality and their hurts are ones we are likely to relate to, if we don’t know them well already.
The Unforgiven Dead leaves me pining for a moody, grey Scotland more than I could have imagined.
The Unforgiven Dead by Fulton Ross
The blurb for this book drew me in as it seemed to have a lead character with second sight that he was having difficulty embracing. The introduction was gripping but within that first chapter or two I found my mind wandering, not sure where the story was heading and, as I usually do, I ended up reading the ending to see what the outcome would be. At that point I decided that I would not finish the book even though the writing was clear and well edited it just did not feel a good fit for me at this time. I am sure others will enjoy and even love this book, though.
Thank you to NetGalley and Inkshares for the ARC – This is my honest review.
DNF around 20% - I found the storyline a little boring, I just needed a little more of something to keep me interested. The writing was off, it didn't flow well.
The Unforgiven Dead by Fulton Ross - 2/5
This was a hard one for me. I wanted so badly to enjoy the story and the characters, but I could not get past the 35% mark. There were some promising moments but then the story would fall flat and lose momentum. I will give this book another chance at a later date and hopefully come back and amend my review.
The Unforgiven Dead by Fulton Ross is available for purchase May 2023
My first Tartan Noir and I was not disappointed. I'd recommend this book to anyone down for a slowburn, supernatural, murder mystery interwoven with Celtic history (specifically the Scottish Highlands) and folklore.
This was neeearly a 5 star read but the first third or so of the story relies heavily on vibes. Fortunately these are hauntingly beautiful, Scottish coastal vibes, so I was fully on board. I enjoyed the multi POV, mainly following Constable Angus MacNeil, however Gills was my favorite!
Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC.
Unfortunately, I ended up putting this book down.
I just couldn't get on with the writing style for whatever reason.
I just wasn't the right person for this book to reach, but I truly hope it finds its audience because what I read of it was interesting and not at all badly written. It just wasn't for me.
I tried to complete the Book but it just couldn’t. I tried to go back to it but I found it wasn’t a book that could keep me invested in the story. I really struggled with it. Some of my fellow readers might love this book.
I would like to thank the publishers Inkshares for the ARC of The Unforgiven dead by Fulton Ross in exchange for my honest opinion
A+ for the cover design!! There were so many things happening in this book that I couldn’t help but feel confused. Such interesting premise, but I was not patient enough to understand what was going on. Heard that this story is being developed for TV and I’m definitely watching it!
Thank you Inkshares for the gifted ebook!
I was looking forward to this book after reading the description. Unfortunately I couldn't even finish the book. It was quite boring and confusing.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.
Unfortunately I did not finish this book as there were plot and story lines that were just too confusing for me to truly follow, which prevented me from being fully invested.
Dark, atmospheric, with an intriguing central character, Angus McNeil. Supernatural elements enhanced but did not overpower the mystery. I hope this is the beginning of a series!
This book turned into a DNF for me. I found it so boring. I couldn’t stay interested in this book. I thought it was going to be different from what it turned out to be. I was rather disappointed.
This was definitely not for me. I read to about 40% and decided that I wasn't going to continue aside wasn't enjoying the story. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
Wow. Read this one! The writing was so engaging and the plot so solid I had hard time ;putting it down. While I couldn't really connect with the characters, that didn't detract from the story, surprisingly. Easily a five star read.
I got about half way done with the book, and I just couldn’t finish. I found it to be extremely uneventful and boring, and I honestly have never not finished a book. I kept waiting for it to capture my attention and keep it, but unfortunately the book fell flat and wasn’t as good as the synopsis sounded like it would be.