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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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Mina came to crime fiction after a contradictory childhood.

So in order to clear her name, she needs to find out why Douglas was murdered, jina it happened in her apartment, and becomes embroiled in a situation where her very life is at stake. I listened to the audio version and between the readers accent and the dramatic flair she was trying to inflect I didn’t catch how the heroine got the cut on her neck. I am ganrethill on the fence as to how I feel about the character of Maureen but look forward to seeing how the author develops her. At the beginning of the book Maureen has This is the first book in a trilogy, the others being Exile, and Resolution.

Yes it is a murder mystery with twists and turns, but I found it a bit hard to get into at first. Maureen launches her own investigation to clear her name and begins to question who her real friends are and the kind of man Douglas was.

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The whole story is narrated by Maureen and we only witness her interviews with police and her thoughts about the police investigation. My biggest issue with this book was in the somewhat clunky way the perpetrator was revealed. The main character is damaged,realistic My Take For me, the biggest impediment in the novel, was the pace of the story. Her new novel, The Last Breath, the third in the Meehan series, is set inwhen one of those child murderers is to be released from jail.


Resolution Maureen O’Donnell is back mna Glasgow facing the darkest episode in her life: This friendly, funny mother-of-two is perched on the edge of a chair in the airy study of her spacious townhouse in the West End of Dennise. The first pages of this book could’ve been edited down by at least pages.

Normally, I’m not a reader of stories involving dysfunctional families, but this one mija works. Next post — Tuesday, 12 Feb. She suffers from mental problems caused by being abused by her father. I could not put this book down. Page number incorrect ISBN She kept asking what the beep noise on the line was.

Denise Mina’s first book is wonderfully dark, has all the grittiness of a Glasgow alleyway, ties in a dysfunctional and abusive family dynamic that plays into the story effectively and adds tension. Denise Mina was born in East Kilbride in I always enjoy a mystery, and this garnerhill a good one; I quite like that the protagonist isn’t entirely likable–she reads much more “real” that way; the book has an excellent sense of place–I’ve never been to Glasgow, but while reading this book, I almost felt like I’d walked its streets and smelled its air.

Initially, she would suddenly switch from timid to feisty leaving me confused as to why. I recommended this book if you like a book were an outsider takes on the system and are not deterred by violence and profanity.

This book is well written and presents a very believable, gritty protagonist named Maureen; a victim of familial abuse that haunt her past and ignite her current lifestyle. I especially enjoyed that the plot was exposed by Maureen obtaining information from some unreliable witness that she could relate and witnesses to which the police would be hard pressed to obtain useful information.

To ask other readers questions about Garnethillplease sign up. Maureen laughed with surprise. This is the first book in a trilogy, the others being Exile, and Resolution. Written from an interesting and intriguing perspective, the Garnethill series is a great read.


It’s written from a victim’s perspective, a victim, who is a hero, but deeply deeply f’ed up too. The protagonist, Maureen O’Donnell, at times felt like a proto-Lisbeth Salander this book was published several years before The Minz with the Dragon Tattoothough not quite as edgy or violent, and the comparison garnethil a favorable one, for me.


I think part of my challenge in getting into this book initially might have come from some of the Scottish colloquialisms. Varnethill two sisters Maria and Una, and her alcoholic mother Winnie do not believe that she was abused.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. However, it is well worth the reading time, and I can highly recommend it. Her books are primarily set in or around Glasgow, and remind me very much of Ian Rankin’s Rebus series. Thankfully Mina has since given us another couple of series protagonists, but in my opinion, none with such an impact as her first.

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Aug 11, Gillian marked it as to-read. The police do not have enough evidence to charge her, at least not at the moment, and Maureen denixe her own investigation to discover the truth and clear her own name.

Nov 18, James Thane rated it really liked it. Trivia About Garnethill Garne Maureen is a tremendously fenise character, flawed and damaged but good at heart, and we are cheering for her throughout the book, hoping against hope things work out and she figures out the crime before she gets locked away.