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The Last Breath (Paddy Meehan Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Let's start with Paddy herself. The character has developed from a young girl at the beginning of her career and hungry for success, to an established hack with a regular column in a substantial daily newspaper. There's the first problem. Paddy Meehan has turned into someone I would cross the street to avoid: a journalist paid for her scathing opinions and turn of phrase - a Caledonian Julie Burchill if you like. And success for Meehan means much of the tension drains away. True she has a young son to support and her love life is still far from ideal, but now she's well paid and respected, it's hard to root for her in the same way as before. And it means that her sharp tongue and wrong headedness become irritating instead of refreshing.
Then there's the plot. An old boyfriend of Paddy's is murdered. He leaves her the contents of his flat. Of course, the reason for the murder forms part of those contents, but instead of torching the place, like any sensible criminal would, the killer decides to go after Paddy. I'm tired of plots which make people do daft things for the convenience of the story. Worse still is the subplot about a young cousin of Meehan's ex, convicted of murdering a child (think James Bulger here) and about to be released into the care of said ex. What? Pardon?Read more ›
For those unfamiliar with Mina's work, the book is set in Glasgow in 1984 and the time and place are extremely well evoked without ever being intrusive, which gives a real solidity to the book. Another of its great strengths is the believable and well-drawn characters. In particular, the main protagonist, a young, struggling woman journalist called Paddy Meehan, is very well portrayed. She is an ordinary young woman from a poor background, slightly insecure and worried about her weight. She has no spectacular character traits or flaws to make her "interesting" nor does she have a particularly Complicated Personal Life - just the normal situations one might expect her to have to deal with - and yet she is a very engaging and interesting character. I thought her a really excellent creation by Mina, and the other characters are similarly well drawn and plausible.
Meehan works the night shift, and Mina creates a fine "film noir" atmosphere throughout the book. The plot is gripping and (praise be!) both plausible and comprehensible, and the narrative is well constructed, well written and entertaining. It builds the tension very nicely and I was completely enthralled. All in all, this is one of the best crime novels - indeed one of the best novels - I have read for some time. Very warmly recommended.
The first two books were realistic and believeable and you cared about Paddy. This book has a nonsense plot (it would have been sorted at source in US by taking camera) and falls into so many cliches - a renegade IRA man, shadowy and unexplained secret service, a corrupt senior policeman that no-one exposes, dead bodies disappearing, a mother that will do anything to protect her son (yawn), a pathologist who strikes up an immediate friendship during a corpse identification to give a piece of plot development and then is never mentioned again, and so on. As soon as the young priest was mentioned it was obvious that yet another cliche was going to be used - and this was the most disappointing one of all.
However, it is still a decent read and keeps the attention. It was interesting to see what happened the characters from the earlier books and the continuity and interlinking of the previous books was good.
The ending was particularly disappointing and very similar to the previous book - just how many times can Paddy be involved in similar incidents?
I hope there will be another book to continue Paddy's journey - but back to original standard please.
In many respects Paddy has changed little over the years since she first appeared in Ms. Mina's books, of which this is the third: She still hates her appearance, believing she is too fat; still feels she has to prove herself to the misogynistic men around her; though she attends Mass, she still rebels against her family's Catholicism--her sister is a nun, "wasn't even prepared to take communion and had had a child out of wedlock," a son, Pete, now nearly six years old, who she adores.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Far fetched unlikely plot. A disappointment considering the previous two Paddy Meehan books. Mina should include more of the newspaper life of a journalist and less improbable... Read morePublished 20 months ago by JSB 323
I have read several of the Paddy stories and have enjoyed them. This was a page turner also. The ending is such a disappointment though.Published on 12 Feb. 2014 by Miss Shona Morrison
The last in the Paddy Meehan trilogy and the book opens with Paddy's ex-boyfriend being found dead. He has left her a dodgy old country bolt-hole and some clues as to who might... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2013 by salemskye.com
I almost loved thus book but I love the author Denise Mina for her courage to follow her dreams of NOT being a lawyer but a best selling novelistPublished on 2 Sept. 2013 by smokywoods
I read the last Paddy Meehan book first, which did mean that I knew what was coming in part of the other books. That didn't detract from the enjoyment, though. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by David in Hertfordshire
love all books paddy Meehan is a great and sometimes funny great to read about Glasgow and all the places I remember as a child.Published on 9 Jun. 2013 by Patricia Coster
You just want to stay up late and finish this story. Denise if you're out there when do we get another Paddy Meehan book?Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Jm
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