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Exile (Garnethill Book 2)
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on 3 November 2014
Great - consumed in one sitting - will probably go on to read the rest now.
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on 13 April 2015
excellent transaction/buy all good AAAAA++++++
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on 19 February 2013
Denise Mina writes really really nice prose. She also writes really really good dialogue. She also writes really really convincing characters. I assume that she's also probably quite a good person. Give her your money.
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on 30 August 2013
Quite possibly the best crime novel I've read in a long time.

I can find nothing negative to say about this book.

Maureen O'Donnell is a terrific character: strong, vulnerable, gutsy, determined and above all believable. Readers are introduced to her in 'Garnethill', and 'Exile', the second book in the trilogy, develops her character further. I found it easy to empathise with Maureen as she felt very real - flawed, yet enormously endearing. The other characters are equally convincing and leap off the page, almost punching the reader in the face - be it abused women, or dodgy Glasgow/London gangsters, Mina brings them to life, making them both credible and entertaining.

The plot sears along at an electrified pace, grabbing the reader by the throat in the first chapter and refusing to let go until the end. Mina's descriptions of Glasgow and London are vivid and authentic - the reader gets a real feel for both cities.

Overall, an excellent book, which enthralls me every time I read it. Sadly, I feel none of Denise Mina's subsequent novels have quite lived up to the brilliance of the Garnethill books, though she still remains one of the most skilled and talented crime writers of her generation.
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on 29 September 2014
Good read hard to put down.
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on 28 September 2008
This improves on Garnethill, a book I found strangely unsatisfying. Though as in the first I think the crime aspect loses momentum towards the end. Heroine Maureen appears to be moving forward as best she can and is perhaps easier to empathise with than in the first novel. Other characters are equally well drawn and Mina writes about the vulnerability of those weaker than others with empathy and honesty. I look forward to reading the next novel.
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on 26 January 2002
This was the first Denise Mina novel i read and it got me truly hooked. Reading Garnethill second, i thought Exile was much better but of course its great that novelists get even better with every book. Im currently reading Resolution and finding it as good so far.. by the reviews on amazon i will not end it disappointed. Bit disappointed Resolution will be end of the trilogy as like Maureen as a character but look forward to Denise's new ideas.
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on 9 August 2013
Continuing the story from Garnethill (Garnethill Trilogy book 1), Maureen O'Donnell gets caught up in the death of Ann Harris who after disappearing for a month is found washed up on the banks of the Thames. Despite her own worries, the imminent return of her abusive father and the looming court trial of the man she accused of rape and murder, Maureen takes off to London to find out what happened to Ann.

Denise Mina is a superb storyteller and there is nothing flashy, nothing implausible, nothing glamorous about her crime novels (that I have read so far). They are urban and gritty but realistic - ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances fighting against that which threatens to overturn their lives.
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on 17 January 2013
Three cheers for Denise Mina!!! She followed up the great Garnet Hill with a belting book. The plot is superb - the characters continue to grow and the reader gets their money's worth. She is a true entertainer. Maureen, Liam and Leslie are destined for the small screen - without a doubt.

However, she has failed to sack her proof reading team! Once again, I would have given this book five stars but cannot due to the very bad (worse than the previous book) type errors scattered throughout the book. It spoils the reading experience - editors please take note!! Now for Resolution (Garnethill 3)!
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on 27 July 2013
This book follows straight on from Garnethill, the characters blend together so well. The trials and tribulations which Maureen goes through is clearly understandable, and the reader questions their own values and thinks 'what would I do?' in the same situation.
There are two stories running concurrently throughout, Maureen's personal torment has a continued knock on affect to the decisions she makes. All her relationships are affected by this especially her involvement with the police.
Great read highly recommended.
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