The quality of the writing in this book is generally excellent. The author describes the seedier side of Glasgow with great skill, and she's not afraid to tackle some really unpleasant topics. The mystery is handled very well, although I would have liked to have seen a bit more drama at the end. Characterisation is very good, but it's here that I have my first problem. It's a common tip for new writers to give each of your characters a name starting with a different letter, or at least a name that sounds significantly different. In this book we have Liz, Lesley, Lynn and Liam. Okay, so the last one is okay (different sex), but you have to keep your eye on the ball to make sure you know who is doing what. I had to flip back a couple of times to work out who was who, which is never good. However, minor niggles in an otherwise excellent book. I'm off to buy my next Denise Mina novel.
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