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Exile (Garnethill #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,919 ratings  ·  142 reviews
The last time Maureen saw Ann Harris she was nursing a couple of broken ribs and reeking of alcohol at the women's shelter. Now Ann has turned up dead hundreds of miles away, in London, under a mattress on the banks of the Thames. Maureen travels to London to determine the circumstances of Ann's brutal death. There, she strives desperately to piece together the horror of A ...more
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Published May 1st 2005 by Isis (first published 2000)
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I really like these books, and the fact that they're so dialogue-heavy makes them quick reads. The one problem I have with them is going to sound petty, and to be honest it might just be something I have to get over if I'm going to like mystery novels. Here's the thing: I'm smart; I'm reading about the case from 3 or 4 different points of view; I'm trying to think several steps ahead and examining each character as a likely suspect. Maureen O'Donnell is drinking herself sick morning, noon, and n ...more
I don’t know quite how I feel about this. Maureen O’Donnell broke my heart on the very last page of Garnethill. The things she & Leslie said about Siobhan were so bizarrely out of character & nonsensically cruel, I don’t think I’m ever going to get over how much I loathed the end of that book, but I remember really loving everything else about it up until that point & I had a hankering for a Scottish mystery novel where everybody says “wee hen” all the time. So here we are, with mixe ...more
I love Denise Mina. She writes mysteries wrapped in squalor and drama and tied up with a little crazy bow. They're usually set in Scotland, which furthers my delight (I'm SUCH an Anglophile...). And if you like that sort of thing, Exile is even more bleak and psychological than the first book in this particular series.

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
Mike Gabor
Maureen is confronted with a grisly case of murder. Ann Harris is nursing two broken ribs and reeking of alcohol when she visits Maureen's office at a Glasgow women's shelter two weeks before she turns up dead hundreds of miles away, under a mattress on the banks of the Thames. Maureen, eager to escape family difficulties of her own, travels to London to determine the circumstances of Ann's brutal death. She soon finds herself treacherously out of her depth, however, in her attempt to piece toge ...more
Just finished Denise Mina’s , Exile, book 2 in the Garnethill Trilogy. I did enjoy book 1, Garnethill, however this book was much better! Maureen’s character is in a self-destructive post-traumatic stress downward spiral fueled mainly by alcohol. She is investigating a murder at the request of her friend Leslie, who is not much less of a mess. A woman has been brutally tortured and murdered with her body dumped. She was recently a resident at a battered woman’s shelter, so all fingers point towa ...more
Thomas Strömquist
"This is her second book and there is no surprise that Denise Mina is a very well-liked author. Beautifully written, riveting story. Unrelenting, strong and ruthless, almost a "Seven"-like feeling at times."
Marianne Williams
Exile is the second book in the Garnet Hill trilogy. This is not a stand alone book, you must read the first book Garnet Hill, where all of the characters and storylines are introduced. The book is set in Glasgow, Scotland and London, England in 1980.

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
Kirsty Darbyshire

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

Nancy Oakes
Exile is the second installment of Denise Mina’s Garnethill trilogy, which begins with Garnethill and ends with Resolution (which I have not yet read). If you do not read Garnethill prior to this book, you will be a bit lost, both in terms of characters, and in terms of the main character’s (Maureen O’Donnell) background. And this is critical.

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
This is the second in Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy. Mina does a good job of catching you up if it's been a while since you read the first one. If you haven't read the first one though, I'd definitely recommend starting there.

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
#2 of the Garnethill trilogy featuring Maureen O'Donnell, a troubled young Glaswegian woman. Still struggling to overcome her past, filled with abuse, drugs and alcohol, Maureen is up in arms trying to deal with the fact that her abusive father is once again back in town. Looking for something to take her mind off her nightmares, she once again gets involved in a murder case when a woman who had been staying at the women's shelter where she works turns up beaten to death in London, stuffed in a ...more
The North Wall
Denise Mina continues her fine work for the Glaswegian tourist board with this follow-up to Garnethill. I didn't think it would be possible but Exile is perhaps even murkier, darker and more troubled than its predecessor, following reluctant heroine Maureen O'Donnell as she attempts to unravel the mystery behind a battered woman's death. The mystery really does take some unravelling and the book loses its way slightly in the central section, but it hurtles toward a totally believable and liberat ...more
This book is the 2nd that Denise Mina wrote and picks up shortly after the conclusion of her first book, Garnethill.
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 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
As her brother says towards the end of the book, it's near mathimatically impossible that one person would end up know 2 people murdered with a six-month period...but yet that wasn't an issue for me when reading this book. It was logical and compelling in its own way, not relying on the Garnet Hill starter of this trilogy. The storyline was believable and once more Mina captures the essence of the loaction and its people. I've always had a liking for regional authors who can take a piece of the ...more
Ian Brydon
This was a tough read. The plot is soundly constructed but the subject matter is challenging, to say the least. The protagonist is Maureen O'Donnell, who first appeared in Mina's previous novel, 'Garenthill' (which I haven't read). Her history is very troubled, having been systematically abused by her father (and subsequently ostracised by her mother), and then had her partner murdered . As this novel opens she is working in The Place of Safety, a sanctuary for battered wives in Glasgow. Ann Har ...more
The middle book of Mina's Garnethill trilogy, Exile, has everything I'm looking for in a crime novel: it's suspenseful, fast-paced, unputdownable. Mina's skill with plot is matched by her ability to draw great characters and take a very real look at what it means to live in poverty. She has an eye for details that are mostly heartbreaking but occasionally uplifting. Her portraits of Glasgow and London capture both the beauty and desperation of these cities.
Ellie Ray
Totally sweet gritty Scottish mystery. Gangsters and casual self-destruction abound. The characters are hilarious, tragic and believable. The relationship between the protagonist and her brother and best friend made me miss my sisters and best friend badly. Also made me want to go back to Scotland and revel in the dirty overpasses, terrible food and unsinkable character of that country. A bit slow in parts, but so well-written, funny and real.
Amanda Bolderston
More brilliant tartan noir by the wonderful Denise Mina. Exile is what happens when Glaswegians escape to London and Mina explores the idea of Maureen finding her way among the cast offs and the cast out away from her home turf. Mina's portrayal of the disenfranchised and disaffected is skillful and empathetic, I have never read anyone better. I love her gritty gang of women who refuse to give up and accept the shitty lot handed to many of the women in their community, the abused, the beaten and ...more
Kathleen Daly
I was reading this with a certain level of grimacing going on internally. While well written and the follow up to Garnetthill, which I enjoyed much more, this as a much grittier novel. It had a lot of hard subjects that mostly seemed to be getting worse not better. I will read the final in the trilogy, but the MC is clearly as alcoholic as her mother, her mind is not quite right, there's the child abuse both yrs. ago and maybe current, the druggies (of which her brother is one) who keep dying an ...more
(3.5 stars) The second book in the Garnethill series returns with Maureen working at the shelter organization for abused women. She was offered a position for her help in getting the shelter funding, but feels very out of her depth. She also feels distanced from her friend Leslie, both from their traumatic encounter in the prior book, where Maureen felt let down by Leslie, and due to Leslie's new boyfriend. Maureen gets drawn in to a search for a missing shelter client who ended up murdered in L ...more
David Peters
Why I read It
This is part two in a three part series. Book one was Garnethill and reviewed here.

The Good
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
Exile is the second book in Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy. I suppose you could read it as a stand-alone novel because the actual mystery in the book is unrelated to the mystery in the first book, but I personally would recommend reading Garnethill first. The character arcs in Exile so clearly are building on the events of the first book that I can't imagine picking up this book and not feeling as though you're missing something.

The second book or film in any trilogy often feels very interstit
Ishmael Seaward
This is the second of the Garnethill trilogy. I highly recommend you read the first book before reading this one. There is no doubt this is a bit of a dark book, set in Glasgow, a city in decline. Maureen is a survivor of a sexually abusive father and a family who can't bring themselves to admit it. So they pretend it hasn't happened. As a result, Maureen survives a stint in a mental hospital. When she gets out, she is still messed up, but having been abused herself, she takes up the cause of an ...more
Michele Weiner
Maureen O'Donnell is a survivor, but still a victim of sexual abuse by her father and massive lack of concern on the part of her Scottish family. She has a friend, Leslie, who runs a shelter for abused women, and a brother, Liam, former drug dealer turned college student, who love and care for her when she drinks too much or becomes too depressed. Even they are not aware the extent of the self-destructive urges that wax and wane in her troubled spirit.

Exile is the second book of the Garnethill
Denise Mina writes dark, gritty crime novels which delve into the seamy side of Glasgow. Exile is the second in a trilogy featuring a scrappy young woman, Maureen O'Donnell. I didn't realize when I read Garnethill that it was the first book in a trilogy so I was pleasantly surprised to meet up with Maureen and her pal Leslie again.

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
This is the second book in Mina's Garnethill trilogy and I started reading it 5 minutes after I had finished the first one, Garnethill. I loved the first book, I thought it was raw and powerful and so Scottish and I liked Maureen, the main character. I haven't read a trilogy in awhile, probably since The Hunger Games, so I don't know if it's typical for the second book to be weaker than the first and last because it's sort of a bridge between introducing all the players and bringing things to a ...more
James Carmichael
I jumped right from this into the third of the trilogy. Here's stuff I like about all of them so far:
- 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
Perry Whitford
Sexually abused by her father as a child, institutionalized as a young woman when the delayed effects of it hit home, disbelieved by her mother and sisters then tormented by a serial rapist who murders her boyfriend in her own house: I think it's fair to say that Maureen O'Donnell is a troubled soul with a lot of emotional baggage.
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
Sophie Bane
Denise Mina’s Glasgow roots really come through in this novel, making her setting just as central to the narrative as Edinburgh is to Rebus (is that a cliche yet? I think it might be. Sorry). There is a strong sense that the world the author and the characters inhabit is familiar to them, is real, and is presented here with the kind of attention to detail that would not occur to an outsider. It’s that sense of authenticity that I found most impressive about the book – Maureen, the central charac ...more
Minty McBunny
Still Midnight, the first Denise Mina book I read, left me cold. Rave reviews of The End of Wasp Season prodded me to give her another chance, to good effect. Then the excellent Gods & Beasts left me worshiping at the altar of Mina. I craved more of her writing, an intense craving like it was a drug, so I read Garnethill & loved it.

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
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Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an Engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe
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
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Other Books in the Series

Garnethill (3 books)
  • Garnethill (Garnethill #1)
  • Resolution (Garnethill, #3)
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“She walked through the underpass at the Elephant and Castle, enjoying the sense that nothing really mattered, not the truth about the past, nor whether they believed her, not Winnie’s drinking or Vik’s ultimatum. It was the perfect place to escape from a painful past. She could waste years at home trying to make sense of a random series of events. There was no meaning, no lessons to be learned, no moral—none of it meant anything. She could spend her entire life trying to weave meaning into it, like compulsive gamblers and their secret schema. Nothing mattered, really, because an anonymous city is the moral equivalent of a darkened room. She understood why Ann had come here and stayed here and died here. It wouldn’t be hard. All she had to do was let go of home. She would phone Leslie and Liam sometimes, say she was fine, fine, let the calls get farther apart, make up a life for herself and they’d finally forget.” 2 likes
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