His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

His Bloody Project

In 1869, a brutal triple murder in the remote Wester Ross village of Culduie leads to the arrest of a seventeen-year-old crofter, Roderick Macrae. There is no question of Macrae’s guilt, but it falls to the country’s most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young man’s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?The story ingeniously unfolds through a series of found documents...


Details His Bloody Project

TitleHis Bloody Project
Author
Release DateOct 4th, 2016
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Cultural, Scotland, Thriller
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Reviews His Bloody Project

  • Jibran
    2016-08-12
    An excellent novel not just for its fascinating historical setting, but for the novelty of its form and its delicate coverage of the larger social, political, and personal themes that blend seamlessly into the criminal investigation without at any point trying to adopt a complacent tone to humour modern-day readers. I am not qualified to opine on its historical authenticity, or how well the characters fit into their historical clothes, but it str...
  • Elyse
    2017-02-27
    Update: first off....This is NO LONGER a $1.99 Kindle special. Today it's selling for $14.17. So for those of us - who bought this on the $1.99 day.....we got a great deal. Here's my review: I just finished this seconds ago......DEFINITELY worth more than the $1.99 I paid. It felt sooo REAL! This book feels like a TRUE STORY! It's NOT! It's a NOVEL!!!During the trial - at the end of the book -- I felt like I was part of the jury. More than that ....
  • LeAnne
    2016-10-18
    Just finished reading this for the SECOND time in three months. Since I knew what sneaky things to look for this time round, all I can say is that Graeme Macrae Burnet is one clever devil! Loved it.------------------ORIGINAL REVIEWAnytime a book is short-listed for the Man Booker Award, we open its cover with great anticipation. And yes, there was delightful wonder here, but I think the cleverness of the talented author is what won the hearts of ...
  • Esil
    2016-10-20
    I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying His Bloody Project. It is on the shortlist for the Booker prize this year. When I looked through the list of nominees, it was the one book that appealed the least to me based on the description. But then I read an enthusiastic review written by GR friend Cheri, and decided that I would give it a try. His Bloody Project is written in the form of a case study of a murder committed in 1869 in the Scott...
  • Cheri
    2016-10-01
    4.5 StarsThe 2016 Man Booker shortlist includes six books total; among those is Graeme MaCrae Burnet’s “His Bloody Project.” In the Highlands of Scotland, 1869, is the village of Culduie where three rather brutal murders takes place amidst a landscape of despair, and general misery among the masses. A few chosen ones enjoy a less harsh lifestyle, but for young Roderick John Macrae, life’s few joys disappeared when his mother died in child...
  • Debra
    2017-05-01
    4.5 starsHis Bloody Project was bloody good! Starting the book, I had no idea I would like it as much as I did. I read most of the book today. The book reads (and feels) like a memoir. This book feels as if it is a "true crime" non-fiction book. This is a novel - but the beauty of it is that it feels SO REAL!!!! This story is told through the "found memoir" of Seventeen year old Roderick "Roddy"Macrae and trial transcripts, the coroner's report, ...
  • Candi
    2017-05-07
    4.5 stars!"The accounts presented here contain various discrepancies, contradictions and omissions, but taken together they form a tapestry of one of the most fascinating cases in Scottish legal history."Presented in the fashion of a true crime case, His Bloody Project is in fact a fictional, historical and literary ‘mystery’ novel if you will. It is an exceedingly well-done and riveting account of the gruesome murders committed by Roderick M...
  • Peter Boyle
    2016-09-04
    The Man Booker longlist raised a few eyebrows earlier this year by omitting the works of accomplished authors like Don DeLillo, Eimear McBride and Ian McEwan. But had it not focused on some less-heralded novels instead of the more obvious names, I'd never have heard of the wonderful His Bloody Project. So hooray for the Booker jury I say!Events unfold in 1869, deep in the Scottish Highlands. Roderick Macrae, a young crofter from the village of Cu...
  • Perry
    2016-10-28
    Gale-force Gothic Tale of Grisly Murders in 1869 Scottish HighlandsThis novel brilliantly seats the reader as detective (or perhaps juror) on the savage, gruesome gouging and murders of the town bully and two of his children in a small farm community on the high coast of Scotland. It's a blend of narrative from the killer and statements to the constable, medical reports and trial transcript, portrayed as a recently discovered manuscript. The issu...
  • Hugh
    2016-07-27
    This is my favourite of the three books on the Booker longlist I have read so far [edit 9 Oct] - though having since read Do Not Say We Have Nothing and Hot Milk it, His Bloody Project is now only my third best. I am probably biased in that I have spent a lot of time in the Scottish highlands and have read quite a lot about its social history, so much of the backdrop is familiar. In one sense it is a historical crime story in that it centres on a...
  • Robin
    2017-03-31
    I'm gratified to see that a "mystery" could make the Man-Booker shortlist, upending long-suffering snobbery about the genre. Though, I don't know if mystery is quite the right way to describe this book, only because the question of the killer's identity is never in dispute. Perhaps I would be more inclined to compare this book to In Cold Blood, though this is a faux version (totally fiction, as opposed to Capote's true crime depiction). The myste...
  • PorshaJo
    2016-09-13
    Quite the interesting read. It is fiction, but presented almost as non-fiction. An account of a crime committed by one Roderick Macrae. This one was a 2016 Man Booker nominee and normally, I'm always baffled by the list of books. But this one I kept coming back to. The name, cover, and synopsis kept calling me to it. It seemed quite macabre and I kinda like that. To be honest, I initially thought it was non-fiction.In 1869, there was a brutal tri...
  • Paul Bryant
    2016-10-02
    Well, this is more like it! A grim, propulsive story, a weird and kind of loveable murderer, a sharp, poignant light shone on an obscure period of human suffering (Scottish crofting), a meticulous picture of what real human oppression looks like from the ground up, a meaty villain who so deserved what was coming to him, a beautiful investigation into what it is or is not to be of sound mind, what I am trying to say is that I liked this immoderate...
  • Emma
    2016-10-18
    I was surprised and pleased to see the inclusion of this on the Man Booker shortlist this year. For me, the form, style, and intelligence of this novel, as well as the balance between its wit and darkness, gives the prize something it is sometimes lacking: a feeling that there is value in a book being more straightforwardly entertaining. Not that this lacks depth, but it seems to me that nobody could accuse this of 'trying too hard' (a claim whic...
  • Antonomasia
    2016-07-27
    Honestly, "literary crime fiction" can be a bit dull sometimes, can't it? All those chilly, brittle delineations of character and meditations on why. The writing may be absent the tiresome clunks often found in a commercial procedural, but also missing is the compulsive moreishness that means you've read a third of the book before you've even looked up from the page again, perplexed and perhaps worried that something so fucking grim is also so mu...
  • Sam Quixote
    2016-10-25
    I honestly feel like the requirements for getting on the Booker Prize shortlist are for the novels to: bore you to tears, make you question the very act of reading for pleasure, and make you want to strangle the author out of sheer misery - because that’s what reading His Bloody Project did to me! Set in the 19th century, a Scottish wanker kills some poor Scottish bastards and goes on trial. That’s the story. The author’s ponderous, tedious...
  • Adina
    2016-10-24
    Shortlisted for Booker prize! When the longlist for the Booker Prize came out I thought His Bloody Project to be the most interesting title there. I was intrigued that the jurors have chosen a historical mystery, even more that the book made it to the Shortlist. After reading it I understood why it was chosen. Technically, this is not murder mystery as we know from the start who is the murderer as he confessed. The mystery is in the reason for th...
  • Maxwell
    2016-07-27
    A highly enjoyable and interesting examination of justice, criminalization, and classism in late 19th century Scotland. The first 2/3 were engaging enough, but it was the last third that really got my attention. I'm sure this is one that will keep me thinking for quite a while.
  • Roger Brunyate
    2016-07-27
    True Crime (or not) in Scottish Fiction In the spring of 2014, I embarked on a project to find out a little about my grandfather, Donald 'Tramp' Macrae, who was born in 1890 in Applecross, two or three miles north of Culduie. It was in the course of my research at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness that I came across some newspaper clippings describing the trial of Roderick Macrae, and with the assistance of Anne O'Hanlon, the archivist the...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    2016-11-10
    Please check out my other reviews at Lit.Wit.Wine.DineIs young Roddy insane? The answer to this question will determine whether he lives or dies. You see, he has taken three lives in the small farming village of Culdie, Scotland in the year 1869. There is no doubt that he is the murder. He has freely admitted to being responsible for the killings upon showing up at a neighbor's house. He's covered head to foot in blood. He carries with him the mu...
  • Trish
    2016-10-09
    It is the dispassionate telling of this story that makes the mystery of Culduie such a success. Roddy Macrae, discovered walking through his village covered in blood, acknowledges freely that he killed Lachlan Mackenzie and “the others.” The novel opens with Macrae’s confession, solicited by his advocate in court. The author then tells us that in the spring of 2014 he began investigating the background of Donald “Tramp” Macrae, his gran...
  • Dem
    2017-10-12
    Lost my Original review on Goodreads ( 2015) and as this was one of my favourite books just had to rewrite it. His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet So gripping and atmospheric, a clever psychological thriller I would never have picked up this book had it not been chosen for this month's book club read as neighter the cover or the blurb appealed to me and while I rarely enjoy Man booker prize winners, I loved this one for its cleverness, at...
  • Viv JM
    2016-08-28
    His Bloody Project is a historical novel set in the crofting community of the Scottish highlands. When a brutal triple murder is committed, the community are keen to find out what drove young Roddy Macrae to such violent acts. The reader is to piece together a picture via witness statements, Macrae's journal, the notes of a criminal psychologist and the account of the trial. The variety of sources makes this feel almost like a factual account rat...
  • Doug H
    2016-10-29
    A Thinker, Not a ThrillerI was looking for a thrilling and gory read for the Halloween season, but I didn’t find one here. Instead, I found something better.So if it’s not a thriller, what is it? In terms of style, it reminded me of In Cold Blood. In that groundbreaking novel, Capote set the standard for the True Crime novel with its pastiche of eyewitness accounts, interviews with the accused criminals, journalistic entries, court room proce...
  • Paula Kalin
    2017-02-18
    His Bloody Project, a 2016 Booker Prize nominee, by Graeme Macrae Burnet is a real find. I listened to the audio book and was delighted with the narrator's fine Scottish brogue. Set in the Scottish Highlands in 1869, this is the story of a triple murder by 17 year old Roderick Macrae. Roddy admits his guilt to killing the local village constable and takes full responsibility without remorse.What's beautiful about this book is the way it was put t...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    2017-05-05
    4.4★“One man can no more see into the mind of another than he can see inside a stone.”Indeed I say.The author begins with an introduction about his research into family history and the discovery of documents recounting a brutal triple murder in the 1869 Scottish Highlands…perpetrated by a relative perhaps? Very clever! Because nothing in the pages is what it seems to be.It’s clear from the start that young Roderick Macrae did the deed b...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    2017-06-12
    Wow! Shocking and affecting. Rodderick Macrae paints a picture of naivety, innocence and trustworthiness as he tells the story of his life and the events that led up to the murder of three fellow villagers.I found the start of the book slow going but the further I read the more compelling I found the story and the more I started to second guess my own thoughts.Burnet wants us, the reader, to make our own conclusions concerning the characters’ a...
  • Rebecca Foster
    2016-07-28
    (Nearly 4.5) What a terrific, propulsive tale Burnet has woven out of a real-life (I think?) nineteenth-century Scottish murder case. The seams between fact and fiction are so subtle you might forget you’re reading a novel, but it’s clear the author has taken great care in assembling his “documents”: witness testimonies, medical reports, a psychologist’s assessment, trial records, and – the heart of the book and the most fascinating s...
  • Lala BooksandLala
    2016-11-13
    I dunno, a pretty average read.^ well that sure isn't going to end up as an official book blurb lol. I just don't have an opinion on this. Fine, bland, meh.