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Book Club: His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett


I have been part of a fabulous book club for well over 15 years and as part of that, me and my 4 lovely friends have got a fair few books under our belts.
Some you plod through and can pick up and put down as the mood takes you, others are really hard work and then some just grab you from the start and you’re gripped until you reach the last page.
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnett definitely falls into the latter of these categories.

Set in 1869 this crime novel is presented as a set of historic documents detailing the case of a horrific triple murder committed by 17-year-old Roddy Macrae.
Brilliantly written, this book covers historical narrative, social commentary, class divides, law and legal scenes, family relationships and is a great character study too.
Moments you want to laugh, others you want to grab characters by the shoulders and shake them and the next minute you are filled with an overwhelming sadness and genuine empathy.
But what really got me about this book is the fact it continually made me question myself as a reader – why was I rooting for a self-confessed killer? Was I reading a novel, or a book based on a true story? why did I think there would be a happy ending when every page suggested otherwise? I truly believed in this book and could visualise each and every character- a great read if you love a real page turner and something just a little bit different from the norm.

Charlotte x

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