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5.0 out of 5 stars A stark, bitter, yet unputdownable book, 28 May 2003
This review is from: Exile (Paperback)
I picked up this, the second book in the series, without reading the first, and was immediately welcomed into a dark world that was so bitter and realistic I had to pick the grit out from between my teeth afterwards.

Denise Mina has written a book that does not flinch from the more unpleasant side of life. Troubled protagonist Maureen O'Donnell delves deep into a world pitted with alcoholism, drug abuse and death, jaded with her own existence yet outraged by the suffering inflicted on Anne Harris, a mother of four who is brutally murdered, and her widow, a man who seems even more beaten down by life than Maureen herself.

Having read Exile, I am keen to purchase the others in the series, particularly the first, Garnethill, as the references to the events of it in Exile are particularly tantalising.

I can't fault Exile in pace, plotting, or characterisation. All are fantastic, and it's easy to see why Mina won the John Creasey award for her first novel. I only hope that her talents are further recognised in the future, as she is one of the most exciting writers to come out of Scotland since Irvine Welsh.
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