A Novel

Book - 2007
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"Stunning. . . . The danger reaches a frightening pitch."--Rocky Mountain News

"Mina offers us a complex plot with a shocking ending, all told in an amazingly original voice." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This is a terrific book." - Dallas Morning News

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Trying to escape her own troubled past and the memories of her lover's murder, Maureen O'Donnell finds refuge working as a counselor at a shelter for battered women. When the body of shelter resident Ann Harris washes up on the banks of the ThamesRivertwo weeks later, Maureen vows to discover what happened and to prove that Ann's husband is not to blame. Taking her search toLondon, Maureen soon encounters disturbing truths about Ann's hidden past - including a secret that has Maureen fighting for her life.

"Atmospheric, intense, and full of the disturbing flavor of inner-city lowlife." - Guardian

"Reads like a slap in the face - and a kick in the ribs and a fist in the stomach . . . like its powerful predecessor, Garnethill ." - New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2007, c2001.
Edition: First Back Bay pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780316016803
Branch Call Number: M MINA D
Characteristics: 413, 8, 11 pages ; 21 cm.


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May 31, 2018

Authentic content presented in a realist style. I enjoyed this narrative because it spoke to the real world and did not try to reproduce some "winning formula" like the USA sourced perchance for the "hardboiled detective" or the impossible to sort out puzzle "who done it".

Nov 02, 2016

The second book in the Garnethill series

Aug 11, 2015

In this followup to Garnethill, Maureen O'Donnell, having lost her job due to investigating her boyfriend's death and now working in a women's shelter, hears about the brutal murder of a former shelter resident. After visiting the husband she decides he is too passive to have beaten and murdered the woman so she goes down to London to investigate. Maureen's own problems continue to haunt her: the return of her abusive father, her alcoholic mother, unfriendly siblings, nosy cops, deteriorating friendship with Leslie and dismay at brother Liam's former occupation. As she delves into the seamy side of the seamiest parts of London she finds herself in danger but somehow also getting stronger. She comes back to Glasgow clearer about who she is and what she wants. Fantastic characters abound in this gritty novel.

May 19, 2014

Set in Glasgow. Raw and gritty but with compassion. Superb. This is book 2 of the Garnethill Trilogy. Best to read the series in order to make the best sense of things: 1) Garnethill; 2) Exile; 3) Resolution.

Dec 06, 2013

An excellent read and just what I always expect from this great mystery writer whose characterizations are just as strong as her plot lines.

emily8 Apr 29, 2013

my second book of mina's - what great promise - hope she writes very long time - recommended - let go of your prejudices and be part of her writing experience... Life is too short, enjoy many good authors...

Feb 19, 2013

My second Mina book, and... the comment is the same: too much inessentials. These books are more about family matters than a mystery or a thriller. After reading half the book, you begin to get bore and wish the end would come quickly. I mean the book is a muddle of dullness. Nothing happens quickly
and again too much do about nothing is not a good way to write a book.

Sep 06, 2010

Not my kind of book. Dark and depressing characters.


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