Tuesday, 11 April 2017

His Bloody Project | Book Review

I received this book for Christmas just gone after I saw it in Waterstones and thought it look really interesting. His Bloody Project is a book of documents that relate to the Roderick Macrae case from 1869....

When I first found this this book I initially thought it was a story based on the killings of Macrae. However, as I started reading it I realised that it was Roderick's own account of the murders he committed and a memoir of his life. The book is fictional, which took me nearly until the end of the book to realise, even though it says 'Shortlisted for Fiction' for the Man Booker Prize.

When I started reading I initially thought that I wouldn't like the book, and thought that I would struggle to understand the language used (simpleton here!), since it was written in the language of so long ago (1869). Once reading though, I found that the book was very easy to follow and although some words and terms are now not used, there is a glossary in the back to bring them to present terms.

The documents and separate sections were brought together incredibly well within the book, and I think that Graeme did a great job of writing. The book was incredibly convincing, in the Preface he mentioned that he had tried to change the documents as little as possible to keep them authentic and the way that Roderick intended. The documents often switched between Roderick being imprisoned and meeting with professionals and switching back to the events that led up to the murders. I think this works brilliantly as it keeps on relaying back to the fact that Roderick is in prison writing these documents and it isn't just a story being told at the time.

The memoirs were incredibly detailed and I sometimes forgot that it was written by the murderer himself, but as previously said, the documents written in the prison keep reappearing. The story was pretty much his life story up to the point of the murders, which sounds pretty boring but was surprisingly gripping!

To be honest, throughout the story it can be seen why Roderick wanted to kill the person he intended to kill. Of course I'm not condoning it! But I can at least see the reasoning behind it. This then leads into the trial however, which opens up a lot more questions! Whilst reading Roderick's accounts you believe that he is a normal person living a life like the others in his village. However, when the trial of the story comes up, you can see that not all is as it seems with Roderick and that maybe he is not as normal as he perceives in his recollections. There are a lot more things revealed in the trial and it really makes you think about Roderick's mind-set and his everyday life.
Overall, this book was a lot different to how I expected it to be, but I enjoyed it thoroughly and think it was written and put together in an incredible way! I would recommend this if you are into crime and murders, as it puts a great twist on the normal crime stories!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Do you think you would enjoy this book? Let me know!

Until next time...


1 comment:

  1. I love crime and anything dark like this, so this sounds like a book i'd really enjoy! x Thanks so much for sharing! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x