The Garnethill trilogy of suspense thrillers feature Maureen O’Donnell. Garnethill (Garnethill #1), Exile (Garnethill, #2), Resolution (Garnethill, #3). From its opening pages, this winner of the John Creasy Memorial Award for best first crime novel pulls readers inexorably into the tortured world of sexual. Garnethill [Denise Mina] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A shattering first novel You can’t look away from it. –New York Times Book.
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Although the title garnethiol the book is a place name, the setting did not stand out nor did it add to the story. Mina is clearly a skilled writer and the story is well plotted, with some nice twists and tension points, and is particularly strong on characterization.
My problem was with Maureen, however. Maureen’s actions at the end may seem a little over the top to some but I felt they fit in completely with her character. I was doing a PhD and just stayed at home and wrote. She used the same technique with the Paddy Meehan garnrthill.
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It felt like a clumsily contrived way to prevent the reader from learning “whodunnit” until the point at which Mina wanted it revealed, and it really took me out of the story.
It’s written from a victim’s perspective, a deniss, who is a hero, but deeply deeply dehise up too. Leslie dropped her cigarette into a space between the dead plants and stepped on it, twisting it with mjna foot, scattering fiery red sparkles among the plant pots. But after a drunken night out she wakes to find him tied to a chair in her living room with his throat slit. An intensely compelling read, “Garnethill,” by Denise Mina, is the first novel in a trilogy; I can’t wait to read the rest.
However, it did win me over in the end.
More about the Garnethill district Garnethill is a hilly district near the centre of the Scottish city of Glasgow. Clues at the scene suggest she was involved, and as things progress, her brother Liam, a sometimes drug dealer who is very protective of her, also becomes a suspect.
I definitely awarded this book five stars. I read so many mysteries that it takes a lot for me to rate one higher than 3 stars, however, this Scottish mystery “is a cut above the rest. Next post — Tuesday, 12 Feb. Although the subject matter is serious, the author’s characterizations are nearly perfect, and at times I found myself actually laughing out loud.
Apr 11, Carol Garmethill rated it really liked it. To ask other readers questions about Garnethillplease sign up. Some of the interactions with the police seemed unreal. Notify me of new posts by email. She kept asking what the beep noise on the line was. I’ve already bought Exile, the second book because this one was so good.
Overview Music Video Charts. This gritty mystery is set in working class Ireland and is told from the point of view of a young woman who wakes up after a night out drinking with a friend to find her married lover has been tied up and murdered in her living room.
If you are like me you may be a little disturbed by the Scottish slang and the coarse nature of the protagonist.
The Garnethill trilogy books are written with a female perspective, a female who is an incest survivor. They were outsiders who were able to solve a crime before the police force. Jul 03, Skye Skye rated it liked it.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattooetc. More by Denise Mina. Granted, Mauri is an unusual amateur sleuth, but what is it that imna her so? Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in The story is set I had mixed feelings about Garnethill.
This is a hard read for a man but worth it as Maureen is a character grounded in the real world. The miha poverty and terrible crimes and addiction. 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.