Flesh House

Flesh House

Those who like their crime thrillers diamond hard (but shot through with macabre humour) need look no further than Stuart MacBride. As 'Flesh House', his latest, once again proves, he has few equals in this area, and is more than worthy of the ever-growing legion of admirers he is gleaning. His tough protagonist, Logan McRae, is once again negotiating the mean streets of A...

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Title:Flesh House
Author:Stuart MacBride
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Flesh House Reviews

  • Michelle Sibley

    Gruesome is not the word for this book. At times i had to put it down it was so graphic and i havent ate meat the whole time i was reading it and im not sure ill ever be able too again so this book is for all those wanna be veggies out there - after reading this book your never eat meat again.

    Was a good book though and i was hooked from the start. Was nice to read a book where the local police were not super heros like they normally are. They came across as everyday people and the story lines on

    Gruesome is not the word for this book. At times i had to put it down it was so graphic and i havent ate meat the whole time i was reading it and im not sure ill ever be able too again so this book is for all those wanna be veggies out there - after reading this book your never eat meat again.

    Was a good book though and i was hooked from the start. Was nice to read a book where the local police were not super heros like they normally are. They came across as everyday people and the story lines on the sides about their personal lives were really interesting.

    Not sure i would read Stuart Macbride again ... not sure my stomach is strong enough!!

  • Rachel the Book Harlot

    Logan and crew are back in

    , the fourth installment of the Logan McRae series. This one was a lot darker and gorier than previous books (seriously, don’t eat while reading this), but it also contained a nice dose of humor

    Logan and crew are back in

    , the fourth installment of the Logan McRae series. This one was a lot darker and gorier than previous books (seriously, don’t eat while reading this), but it also contained a nice dose of humor, suspense, and moments that actually made me teary-eyed. The crime solving was also great, with the case keeping me guessing right until the end.

    This installment was a little different than previous books in that Logan was entirely focused on solving solely one case. Another difference is that for the first time in this series Logan didn’t miss some obvious clues, which he sometimes tends to do.

    Stuart MacBride really knocks it out of the park with

    . It is now my official favorite of the series so far. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Phrynne

    teeters on the edge of being totally gross with this one! I have seen several reviews where the writers advise not to eat whilst reading this book. I totally agree!

    Nevertheless it is an excellent book, so grim and dark and yet frequently laugh out loud funny. The police procedural aspects are very well done and I really enjoyed working out the killer's identity at the same time as the police did using the same clues. There was still a degree of surprise at the end but it was not

    teeters on the edge of being totally gross with this one! I have seen several reviews where the writers advise not to eat whilst reading this book. I totally agree!

    Nevertheless it is an excellent book, so grim and dark and yet frequently laugh out loud funny. The police procedural aspects are very well done and I really enjoyed working out the killer's identity at the same time as the police did using the same clues. There was still a degree of surprise at the end but it was not totally out of left field as sometimes happens.

    Best of all was the character development. Over four books all the main characters have grown on me in particular of course Logan McCrae. It is so nice to see him getting a bit tougher and standing up for himself (to a degree anyway).

    I am now really looking forward to #5:)

  • MadProfessah

    Wow! Definitely the goriest and most violent of the DS Logan McRae books to date.

    The story is based around cannibalism and police misconduct.

    Logan is still a great character although he does make some questionable decisions at the very end of the book.

    It's the most experimental of MacBride's mysteries to date, with the inclusion of tabloid inserts describing some of the action in the book.

    Plus there's the multiple hallucinations by one of the victims of the Flesher.

    DI Insch and DI Steel are maj

    Wow! Definitely the goriest and most violent of the DS Logan McRae books to date.

    The story is based around cannibalism and police misconduct.

    Logan is still a great character although he does make some questionable decisions at the very end of the book.

    It's the most experimental of MacBride's mysteries to date, with the inclusion of tabloid inserts describing some of the action in the book.

    Plus there's the multiple hallucinations by one of the victims of the Flesher.

    DI Insch and DI Steel are major components of the story this time as well.

    Overall a story that could give one nightmares. It makes me very curious to see how Logan recovers from the incidents depicted in this entry in the series.

  • Neil

    This was book 4 in the Logan McRae series, and possibly not one for the squeamish. 20 years ago there was a spate of gruesome killings in Aberdeen. One man was arrested and imprisoned, now his appeals have been upheld and he has been released. The killings have started again, and Logan finds himself as part of the large task force engaged in capturing the Flesher. Had the right man been imprisoned originally, did he have an accomplice, or were they barking up the wrong tree the entire time.

    Then

    This was book 4 in the Logan McRae series, and possibly not one for the squeamish. 20 years ago there was a spate of gruesome killings in Aberdeen. One man was arrested and imprisoned, now his appeals have been upheld and he has been released. The killings have started again, and Logan finds himself as part of the large task force engaged in capturing the Flesher. Had the right man been imprisoned originally, did he have an accomplice, or were they barking up the wrong tree the entire time.

    Then some of the original investigating team go missing, and then turning up dead. This book has more twists and turns than you can shake a big stick at. A read that is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages,

    The only thing I didn't like were the pseudo press clippings used throughout the book.

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

    Need to be reviewed.

  • Siobhan

    The fourth Logan McRae novel, and Stuart MacBride is slowly working himself higher up my list of favourite authors.

    Since picking up the first Logan McRae novel, Cold Granite, I knew I was onto something good with Stuart MacBride. I love crime thrillers, adore police procedurals, and he was offering me all that I wanted and then some. He offers great mystery. He keeps you guessing throughout. There are plot twists. There are great characters. The humour is dark. The story is grizzly. He has it al

    The fourth Logan McRae novel, and Stuart MacBride is slowly working himself higher up my list of favourite authors.

    Since picking up the first Logan McRae novel, Cold Granite, I knew I was onto something good with Stuart MacBride. I love crime thrillers, adore police procedurals, and he was offering me all that I wanted and then some. He offers great mystery. He keeps you guessing throughout. There are plot twists. There are great characters. The humour is dark. The story is grizzly. He has it all, and to make it all better I actually know the locations in the stories. The final point, knowing the locations, doesn’t really influence my love of the stories (I would love them even if I was oblivious to Aberdeen) but it does make it that little bit easier to enjoy.

    With Flesh House, Stuart MacBride gave us another great story. Book three, Broken Skin, was my favourite of the first three books. It had every single tiny thing that I could ask for. It really did, in my opinion, have it all. I fangirled so hard, to the point where it was no longer funny. Coming after such a thing, I was worried Flesh House would not be as good. At the same time, however, the synopsis had me believing it would be even better. It was a tough place to be, but I was excited any way.

    Compared to many crime books I have read, this one sits quite high up there. Compared to the first three Logan McRae books, it is not the best. It is at Stuart MacBride’s usual high standard, but it sits in the four star category rather than the five star category. A wonderful read, but not my favourite in the series. Wonderful, as I had hoped, but it was coming after a stronger read.

    With Flesh House, I feel as though the story was a bit slower. This isn’t to say the story was slow throughout, but it seemed to take longer before the action really started. A lot more time was spent focusing upon the past aspects of the case, of what happened twenty years ago, and rehashing details pertaining to that aspect of the story rather than moving things forwards.

    Of course, they did move forward in the end. When things started moving it was great – there were so many aspects to the story, and it was all a lot of fun – but I felt as though I waited longer than usual for the action to truly start. As so much happened, towards the end, I felt as though the story had made up for the slow start, but it still wasn’t quite there. I would have liked all the wonderful aspects of the story, and a little more speed at the start.

    Don’t get me wrong, it was a brilliant story. I did have a lot of fun with it, as I do with all of the Logan McRae novels. I’ve already listed all of the things Stuart MacBride has to offer, and all is apparent in this novel. Hell, the humour continues to increase with every novel and I was once again getting into trouble for laughing at the most inopportune of times. I simply had my hopes set a little bit higher after reading Broken Skin.

    Overall, a wonderful read. It is a brilliant addition to the series. Unfortunately, despite hoping otherwise, it wasn’t a new favourite.

  • Roy

    I'm really getting into these now. A serial killer from the past had just been released due to an appeal. Human bodies have just washed up in a shipping container. The past catches up to the group in Aberdeen in this episode. Gruesome fast paced and very funny. Im enjoying the characterisation as we now slowly learn more about each one. The growth of Logan is also really good, as he's now standing up for himself aand not holding back. Some scenes were a little horrific but thats what youd expect

    I'm really getting into these now. A serial killer from the past had just been released due to an appeal. Human bodies have just washed up in a shipping container. The past catches up to the group in Aberdeen in this episode. Gruesome fast paced and very funny. Im enjoying the characterisation as we now slowly learn more about each one. The growth of Logan is also really good, as he's now standing up for himself aand not holding back. Some scenes were a little horrific but thats what youd expect from MacBride.

  • Mystereity Reviews

    Good, but an ordeal to finish. After awhile it seemed like the gore was inserted to make the book longer, but it didn't necessarily make it better.

  • Rebecca Martin

    I've read the first four books in this series in order, because the first one showed promise. Obviously, I have continued to read them. There are certain things that have bothered me throughout the series though and I have to say something at this point.

    1. I know that the Scottish legal system differs from that of England and, of course, they both differ from the American system. I know, in particular, that there are significant differences regarding search warrants. It is really starting to bug

    I've read the first four books in this series in order, because the first one showed promise. Obviously, I have continued to read them. There are certain things that have bothered me throughout the series though and I have to say something at this point.

    1. I know that the Scottish legal system differs from that of England and, of course, they both differ from the American system. I know, in particular, that there are significant differences regarding search warrants. It is really starting to bug me in these books, though, that the hesitation that American search warrants induce in an investigation is absent in these books. Occasionally someone does get a warrant, which appears to take about five seconds to obtain. Occasionally, someone mentions, "we don't have a warrant," but it never matters. I don't know the law in Scotland, but I do notice that the delay and hesitation caused by the need for a duly-signed warrant introduces in many American novels an additional source of suspense and tension, plus a display of at least a tiny bit of recognition that police just can't break into every single residence on the slightest suspicion. No one ever seems to question the judgment of the lone officer who gets a bee in his bonnet. Until, of course, he has screwed up.

    2. Related to #1: In each volume I've read so far, the police have battered down the door of at least one residence because someone has suddenly had the bright idea that the evil-doer lives there. Most often, there is no evil-doer there or they have broken down the door of an innocent party. Do they never just knock? Not in these books. Warrant or no warrant, out comes the battering ram and down goes the door. Again, I do not know the law in Scotland, but the reasoning in each of these cases has been SO flimsy and insubstantial, so warrantless, if you will, that I have known each time that, in fact, the criminal would not be within. Someone may be called on the carpet for the mistake, but battering down a door is NOT an investigative technique and is a weak spot in these novels. I am not making this up, folks.

    3. I have wondered about the role of the Procurator Fiscal. I have read that this is sort of like an American D.A., someone whose job it is to oversee the legal scrupulousness of an investigation to make sure a sound case can be made when the evidence is in and the suspect arrested. Though a PF sometimes shows up in these novels, she seems to have no role. What gives? Is there no real legal oversight of investigations? Is anyone ever responsible for saying, "I'm sorry, you do not have enough evidence for me to give the go-ahead to break down that door?"

    4. We often hear about these incredible backlogs of chemical testing that occur in police jurisdictions in the U.S. And we should know that not all chemical processes can be done in five minutes. There may be delays for good reasons (some process might take a week to unfold in the lab) and bad (low staff levels, politically-appointed incompetence), but in the book I just finished, "check out this DNA sample," and poof! later that same day, here's your answer. Really?

    Whatever the reality of how police officers conduct themselves in the U.S., I think that it is conducive to more enjoyable fictional narratives to show the police forced to work within some restraints. In these books, the only restraints are so much drinking that everyone is hung over ALL the time or someone's cell phone doesn't work; otherwise, out they charge with cars full of officers and a battering ram.

    I understand that all authors take liberties. This is "fiction," after all. While I have generally found the Logan McRae plots pretty interesting and the characters and their relationships intriguing, the narrative drive has become slack and predictable in many ways. My attention is waning.

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