Exile (Garnethill #2)
Maureen, our heroine, is recovering from the death of her psychologist/lover, the return of her child-rapist father to Glasgow, her family's unwillingness to accept her hatred and ...more
This books picks up a few months after the previous book. The main character Maureen O'Donnell is still dealing with the aftermath of the violent death of her boyfriend Douglas and friend Martin. As well as her role in bringing the perpetrator to ju ...more
Garnethill was so good, just about the best book I read last year, that I've put off reading this for fear of being disappointed by it. The first book, which featured Glaswegian Maureen O'Donnell defending herself against accusations of being a murderer, would have been wonderful as a standalone but I couldn't see it as the start of a series. That would have defeated the realism that was an intrinsic part of its attraction. I've learned since that Mina is keeping this series as a trilogy and tha...more
As the action begins, Maureen, who works at a battered women’s shelter, is drawn into the disappearance of Ann Harris, a resident of the place, who told e ...more
This one picks up a few months after Garnethill. Maureen is sad and knows it's not just clinical depression this time. Her boyfriend Douglas' violent death is sinking in. His killer is sending her threatening letters from prison and she can't tell the police or she'll b ...more
Mina is a tremendous writer with an amazing ability to convey the gritty, cold scenery of Glasgow with small details. the words are a pleasure to read, but the subject matter is a bit tough...at least for a guy. these first two novels focus completely on abused women in a male dominated Scottish society, so there are very few appealing male characters. in fact the sheer despair of ...more
This is part two in a three part series. Book one was Garnethill and reviewed here.
The writing is much better, losing that stilted dialogue found occasionally in her first book. The mystery was well laid out as well. I like how she makes mention within the plot how odd it is she has known two people murdered within six months. It is one of those obvious clichés in the mystery world that most authors just avoid noticing. Like everywhere Jessica Fletcher went people died, as i ...more
The second book or film in any trilogy often feels very interstit ...more
Exile is the second book of the Garnethill ...more
Maureen comes from a troubled background. At the beginning of Exile, she feels like she is bogged down in the mud of her family history. She indulges in alcohol and c ...more
- Maureen is a compelling heroine in terms of what she does and says
- the meta-plot of Maureen's family and abuse and big issues is engaging emotionally and well handled plotwise
- Denise Mina is a Good Writer, and that is a pleasure
- place is evoked beautifully/uglily/however is necessary, to great effect
I have a feeling this one will hang as the slightly sagged middle of the trilogy for me, but ...more
In this, the second novel of a trilogy, Maureen's friend and associate at the woman's refuge charity where she works, Leslie, becomes concerned when a client named Ann ...more
Which brought me here.
I should like to give this book 3.5 stars, but I will round up out of love for the entire body of Denise Mina's work. I normally am agai ...more
She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cook.
Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.
At twenty one sh ...more