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4.54  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  22 reviews
McSorely has had enough. His life has spiralled out of control and nothing has gone his way. There seems to be only one option open to him, one last thing he can do to take control of his fate. All hope is lost.
But far away on the mysterious island of Moristoun, Buchan is charged with the task of dissuading McSorely from this drastic course of action. Moristoun is where pe
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 31st 2016 by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
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Tracy Terry
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hmm, an island where Scottish people are sent when they have committed suicide. An island on which resides William Hughes who may or may not secure his release by helping Scots intent on killing themselves.

Deep and dark, yes. And yet also surprisingly humorous and uplifting given that at the heart of the story is suicide. Of the 44 novels I've read so far this year, one of my firm favourites. I cannot begin to tell you how refreshing it is to find a novel with a bit of a difference and Moristoun
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely amazing book! I had a few bumps getting started, (personal issues prevented me from reading it at once), but once I got going I truly did not want to put it down. For American readers, like me, you will probably have to check a few words. I had no real problems with this and I have colorfully added to my vocabulary.
I was curious when I came across this book. I am acquainted with depression and suicide, (both attempts and, sadly, actual ones ). I know the devastation it le
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do you think that there is life after death?

What if there is an island where all the people who live there live their second life? Imagine visiting an island, starting a new job there and then figure out that no one is getting old, no one dies. Because they are all dead! They all have committed a suicide!

Do you think that they deserve a second chance?

I think they do. Whatever the reason for the suicide is, everyone deserves a second chance. Far away from everything else, start a new life with n
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-reads
4.5 Stars

Okay when I first started reading this book I was a bit confused but as I got more into it I became intrigued. Scottish people who are on the verge of committing suicide are sent to the island of Moristoun where they may end up. That is what has happened to McSorely and Buchan is charged with getting him to change his mind. Can you imagine having to be the person who must change someone's mind about that?
While this is a very deep and dark book dealing with the issues of depression and
Whispering Stories
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to enjoy reading Moristoun, but I was so intrigued by the blurb that I thought I’d give it a go. An island where people are banished after committing suicide? I had to know more!

A little about me: I’m a firm believer in fate – I think everything happens for a reason, and our destiny is predetermined, and that no matter what path in life you take you’ll get to where you’re meant to be. I’d like to think there is some kind of afterlife, els
Ian Thompson
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t want this book to end, so that says something. It started out at a steady pace, and that pace never altered, but that was its beauty—it didn’t have to. There is no easy way to describe this soap opera for the damned, but it is my job as a reviewer to persuade you to read it, and so I will try.
Moristoun is an island purgatory, one of fifteen or so that house the souls and bodies of those Scottish folk who have had the temerity to end their own lives. On this island you are supposed to at
Jodie Keith
I read this book for review on Whispering Stories book blog and you can read my full review there -

At first, I found the book a slightly difficult read in comparison to the ‘chick-lits’ I normally read, and therefore only read one or two chapters at a time. However, as I became more invested in unveiling Moristoun’s secrets and the developing relationships between McSorely and the residents of Moristoun, I found the book difficult to put down. My 30 minute daily commute
Sharon Martin
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best book's I have read in the last few years. The originality and the genius of the plot is one to behold. Wayward Pines meets Its My Wonderful Life , an absolute classic.

When the main character is on the verge of committing suicide he is whisked away to the mysterious island of Moristoun to be given time to think about his decison and the chance to return to his old life with the possibility of a better future. The characters the author has created who reside on the island are first
Wendy Jensen
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a very different novel from what I have read before. Very intriguing as I have not read a novel like this before. If you commit suicide you are taken to one of the islands which one is Moristoun where you never age. However Buchan is sent to the present world to try to help people trying to do this and to prevent it. Twists and turns as this is a very different world to live in.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Bruce McLennan
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great original story. I wish I’d written it. But then I’d have to be a Scot to develop something of such authority and darkly brooding intricacy, wouldn’t I? You might think with a name like McLennan I might be Scottish, or Scotch as Donald Trump recently proclaimed of his heritage. But, I’m not. So, while I’ve greatly enjoyed the humour and the beautifully crafted prose a great deal of what McAllion writes about is wonderfully foreign to me.
I can’t help the thought that McAllion has tak
Elizabeth Ramsay

Moristoun by Kevin McAllion is an introspective look the reasons for suicide. It is a deeply intellectual world. McAllion dissects the modern world and takes an in-depth look at the dark side of consumer culture. The secrets of Moristoun unravel as the novel progresses and the main character James Patrick McSorely is left to decide what meaning he finds in life. The novel looks at the world through a dark and dispirited lens yet the characters still manage to go on.
The novel begins with Moristou
P.J. Colando
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Scots have a reputation for iconoclastic stubbornness, so imagine changing the mindset of a chronically depressed man who tried-and-failed suicide.

Kevin McAllen did, with dead aim and sonic prose. This book is cunningly plotted so the first line of my review should declare 'spoiler alert' - my intrigue mounted across many pages and, when I finally learned the reality of the isolated island, I relished reading more on this dark topic. I gained knowledge I wouldn't have sought... I gained insight.
Pat Stanford
Something different

I bought this book on the promise that it would be "something different" and on that, it delivers. Who couldn't love a tavern named The Tortured Soul on an island for people who killed themselves?

I had to re-read the first few chapters twice because I had no idea where we were or who was who. I decided just to run headlong into the book, hoping that things would be clarified. Having eight characters mentioned by mid chapter one, with only three with any development, wasn't hel
Ian Lahey
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the first pages of this book I was drawn into the author's alternative miniverse. As the peculiar nature of the island emerged, I felt drawn into its workings and complex social structure. The self-contained ecosystem of Moristoun, apparently a hopeless limbo, gifts the reader with precious gems of satire and jibes, often to be imagined as told with a Scottish accent, as it dissects and analyzes the petty squabbles and idiosyncrasies of the human race. In this dismal context the flawed prot ...more
Gian Andrea
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Suicide is always a tough subject, and I'm personally quite fond of it.
That's why I was eager to read this story.
When the main character has had enough, seeing his life beyond repair, he decided to go to the mysterious island of Moristoun to end his fate. Here he will have enough time to think about his decision and the last chance to go back to his old life.
Though it's a deep and dark tale, the author manages to convey some sort of grim humor which I find rather uplifting given the subject he'
L. S.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are so many places I could start with my review of Moristoun. It was the kind of book that was so well put together that I want to talk about everything at once. It had such a good message.

Things in Moristoun aren't quite what they appear. Between a lawyer and a man that's given up, the little island holds two distinct meanings.

Alright. To the story. I already said how good it was, right? No? was great. It was the kind of story that set things up four chapters ahead of time, af
Igor Eliseev
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I can't recommend it highly enough. The only word used to describe this book is perfect!
Skipping over any plot summary, which is included in several other reviews, I’d like to add a special personal note. This book has many layers. The author gives us the chance for glimpses into this other layer as well; we learn to know that not everything is as absolutely perfect as the characters would like the other to think.
Moristoun by Kevin McAllion took my breath away. I have enjo
Angela Lockwood
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book; it is witty and very well written. The characters are well developed and not obvious. You don’t need to be Scottish to like this book but it will help a lot if you understand the vocabulary and get the cultural references. If you have been to one of the Scottish Islands you will get that they are one man’s paradise but another man’s desolate godforsaken rock in the Atlantic. Henderson, McCall and more recently McSorley are happy just to prop up the bar at the Tortured Soul and ...more
Daisy White
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dark and intriguing book, with a set of claustrophobic and captivating characters. An island where you go if you have committed suicide may not seem like the most enjoyable of reads, but this was very immersive. I was rooting for the characters, and the premise is unlike anything I have come across in my reading pile before. The book scoots along at a good pace, but you never lose track of the characters, who are cleverly described, with fates neatly intertwined. Not a light read, but thought ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Rosie Amber
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir-fiction, fiction
Moristoun is a noir fiction novel which is set on a Scottish island and features the subject of suicide.

Public defender Buchan is needed urgently on the mainland. Part of his work includes trying to prevent suicides. His latest case is James McSorely, a thirty-year-old who has a long list of misfortunes, and Buchan hopes that a quick intervention will turn McSorely’s life around. He offers McSorely a job as his assistant on the island of Moristoun with the added bonus of free accommodation. See
Kevin McAllion
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I thought it was fabulous but, then again, I'm a bit biased
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I was born in Dundee but now live in Glasgow with my wife Thanyalak and daughter Jennifer. I have worked as sports journalist since 1997, when I started out writing football match reports for The Sunday Mail newspaper while still a journalism student.

Since then I've written and edited for a wide range of publications, including the Scottish Daily Express, The Big Issue in Scotland, The Herald, The