You actually don't need the first one to read this -- you should read it, of course, but if you accidentally pick this book up on a plane and start reading (like I did) you'll soon be in the grips of it, and soon figure out what it going on. Mina is just really, really good. Not too much pretense going on here, just good writing.
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. These are excellent books, and I most highly recommend them. As the action begins, Maureen, who works at … more
With prose as brisk as the biting winds of Glasgow in January ("The morning dragged on like a stranger's funeral."), Mina plunges into the second of her Maureen O'Donnell trilogy (Garnethill, Resolution). Barely recovered from a married boyfriend's brutal slaying in her apartment by therapist Angus Farrell, years of hazy memories of abuse by her father finally validated, Maureen wants nothing more than to have a normal life. But her alcoholic mother, Winnie, refuses to acknowledge her daughter's … more