Exile (Garnethill Book 2)
The grim events, depressing family dynamics, poverty, addiction, mental illness.. Even expecting this from Denise Mina, I felt this was a little harder to take than a couple of the other series' by the same author. View all 3 comments. In fact, if I had not brought the trilogy as a collection, I would not have been continuing. However, being a glutton for punishment, I dove into Exile with the hope of improvement — after all, so many people seem to enjoy Denise Mina as an author and I was hoping to find a spark to create such a view within myself.
Like the prior book, I found this one very difficult to get into. More difficult than I would imagine a second book in a trilogy ever needs to be. As with the first book, it was a case of needing to continue reading. It takes a while, but as you get deeper into the book, things get better. My mind was never blown, but the elements of the crime come together and grow more intriguing. As we work through the story, enough happens to keep you interested, curious to see how everything comes together. Overall, this was an okay second book. It is curiosity that has me reading the final book, rather than a deep love for the story.
Exile (Garnethill, book 2) by Denise Mina
Beautifully written, riveting story. Unrelenting, strong and ruthless, almost a "Seven"-like feeling at times. Apr 11, AngryGreyCat rated it really liked it. I did enjoy book 1, Garnethill, however this book was much better! She is investigating a murder at the request of her friend Leslie, who is not much less of a mess. A woman has been brutally tortured and murdered with her body dumped. The characters are what makes this work stand out. Denise Mina has crafted incredibly human characters with all the dirt and despair that one could stand to read. Maureen is a walking train wreck, yet in this book she comes across as more intelligent, not just crafty in the way of many street survivors, but also analytical.
Jimmy is a portrait of despair and a born victim. Even Winnie, in her own alcohol fueled rages, is a fully developed character. Liam and Vik are some of the only positive characters in the book. Liam has made great strides to pull himself out of his past. Vik is strong enough to insist that he deserves to be treated right by Maureen. There are still differences between these two: Liam wants to save or protect Maureen, while Vik wants her to save herself.
After the ending of this book, I will be interested to see what happens here. The mystery is well done with great twists and turns and an ending that I did not see coming. There is a great sense of place in this book, even though most of the places are nowhere the reader would want to be. Maureen is confronted with a grisly case of murder. Ann Harris is nursing two broken ribs and reeking of alcohol when she visits Maureen's office at a Glasgow women's shelter two weeks before she turns up dead hundreds of miles away, under a mattress on the banks of the Thames.
Maureen, eager to escape family difficulties of her own, travels to London to determine the circumstances of Ann's brutal death. She soon finds herself treacherously out of her depth, however, in her attempt to piece toge Maureen is confronted with a grisly case of murder. She soon finds herself treacherously out of her depth, however, in her attempt to piece together the ugly details of Ann's last days in a seedy underworld of criminal exiles and dangerous drug lords.
The suspense ratchets up, as Maureen strives to save herself from Ann's fate. The second book in the Gartnethill Trilogy, the first being Garnethill and the third, Resolution. This book is set six months after the ending of Garnethill. Maureen is helping out at her friend's Leslie's office. She is still trying to come to terms with the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father. Things aren't being helped at that end as her father has moved backed to Glasgow and has been accepted back by Maureen's mother and two sisters. She also feels that she is growing distant from her best friend Leslie due to Leslie now having a steady boyfriend.
It is very interesting to see how Maureen attempts to cope with everyday life and how her thought process works. Her persistence in trying to find Ann's murderer is quite compelling. The story itself is outstanding. The plot moves along swiftly, the dialogue is excellent.
The mystery of who killed Ann will keep you guessing until the end. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading the last book, Resolution. Exile is the second book in the Garnet Hill trilogy. This is not a stand alone book, you must read the first book Garnet Hill, where all of the characters and storylines are introduced.
The book is set in Glasgow, Scotland and London, England in This books picks up a few months after the previous book. The main character Maureen O'Donnell is still dealing with the aftermath of the violent death of her boyfriend Douglas and friend Martin. As well as her role in bringing the perpetrator to ju Exile is the second book in the Garnet Hill trilogy. As well as her role in bringing the perpetrator to justice.
Also, she continues to deal with her history as a child abuse survivor. All of these events have caused her to be estranged from friends and family. While volunteering in women's shelter she learns that a women named Ann has gone missing and tries to locate her. Her body turns up dead in East End London. Maureen decides a trip to London and a case are what she needs to help deal with her estrangement. While in London, she stumbles on a broader conspiracy, which put her into danger.
I enjoyed this book more than the first book. Since the characters and interwoven storylines are set, the story just takes off and has great pacing and intensity. The outward journey that Maureen is on mirrors her inner journey and also acts as a catalyst. It is a great psychological thriller, with many twists and turns. There were a few parts where you had to suspend belief and just go along with the ride.
The interactions with law enforcement strained credibility. There was also, profanity and violence. I look forward to reading the third story Resolution.
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I nearly stopped reading, as Mina introduced what seemed to about a dozen characters in the first fourteen pag Quite an interesting book, especially after reading the interview with the author at the end. I nearly stopped reading, as Mina introduced what seemed to about a dozen characters in the first fourteen pages I had to keep flipping back to see who the heck she was writing about. But once introduced, the story took off.
Most of the characters have several depths - strengths, weaknesses, good, bad. They're written like people I know. The story became secondary for me. I just enjoyed reading well written characters doing interesting things. I wasn't enamored with the ending, but it wasn't rife with ridiculous leaps of logic and was fairly believable.
This book was more about the journey than the destination although I read it to learn more about Glasgow and Scottish culture, coincidentally. She loved the colours of the city, she had a place and history there, she understood the obscure kindness of the people and the rationale behind the brutal weather. Set in the same working class neighborhoods of Glasgow, with problems of alcoholism, drug abuse, crime, and unemployment, "She was going home to Glasgow and for the first time remembered that she had a life beyond her present troubles. Set in the same working class neighborhoods of Glasgow, with problems of alcoholism, drug abuse, crime, and unemployment, the book begins with the disappearance of Ann.
A body, which seems to be Ann's, has been found in London, and Maureen O'Donnell, the protagonist from Garnethill decides to travel to London to investigate. This book reveals more of Maureen's background and the circumstances surrounding her psychiatric hospitalization for a "nervous breakdown" related to her sexual abuse many years earlier. She is also grieving for her boyfriend who was murdered in the first book.
It doesn't seem like a good idea to go searching for clues to Ann's disappearance and death in London, but Maureen is drinking more heavily and searching for meaning, in more ways than one. Maureen has been volunteering at a women's shelter, where she met Ann, who had been beaten and claimed that the perpetrator was her husband Jimmy. It turns out that Jimmy is a cousin of Leslie, Maureen's best friend and an employee at the women's shelter. Anyone who knows Jimmy cannot believe that he would have hurt Ann. Jimmy is living in a hovel with his three young children, including two in diapers.
The situation is desperate and because Ann has accused him of battery, Jimmy is the prime suspect in first Ann's disappearance and then her murder. All along is seems completely far-fetched that Jimmy would have had anything to do with Ann's death. Despite her many flaws, Jimmy seems to love her and truly miss her. That doesn't mean that he didn't batter and eventually kill her but Leslie, who has had years of experience with battered women and the men who have battered them, is sceptical.
Mina introduces a cast of more plausible suspects and Maureen sets off in pursuit of the truth. Of course, she's in way over her head and the danger is palpable. This book introduces some new characters, including a social worker named Kilty.
She one becomes of the three women who, along with Maureen and Leslie, work together in this book and the next -- Resolution -- to bring about justice for some of the many women of Glasgow who have been victimized in one way or the other. Physical and sexual abuse, including incest, lie at the heart of these books and the stories of women. This is grim material, but Mina seems to know this world well. Her bio says that she worked in healthcare and criminal justice. Exile is complicated, with shifting loyalties and multiple suspects.
More tightly plotted than Garnethill , Mina drops tantalizing hints about the resolution of the crime and the truth behind it. Mina is a master of keeping the reader interested in unlikeable characters. She even hooked me on the gloomy streets of Glasgow. Like Garnethill , Exile ends on a downbeat, but I couldn't wait to start the final book in the trilogy. I read because of Maureen.
She's a mess and her drinking is getting worse. She longs to get drunk at 9: She's trying to save herself by saving others. She pushes an envelope with money through the mailslot of Jimmy's apartment door, to help him and his children. When he asks why, Mina writes: That's Maureen in a nutshell. Honestly, I finished these books weeks ago and I can't stop thinking about her. Sep 21, Rose Lemberg rated it liked it Shelves: I rated this book as four stars at first, but having slept on it, I am reducing it to 3.
The book was pacey and a quick read, and it tackled many important topics, but it was uneven and I found it hard to believe some of the important aspects of the narrative. However, the biggest issue for me, is a major spoiler. We meet the murdered woman in the first chapter. But in the end, we still do not I rated this book as four stars at first, but having slept on it, I am reducing it to 3. But in the end, we still do not know who the murdered woman was.
I borrowed the first book, but bought a copy of the second one because I felt the author deserved my money.
I'll probably finish the series at some point, but I'll get it from the library. Nov 01, Vanessa rated it really liked it. This is the second in Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy. Mina does a good job of catching you up if it's been a while since you read the first one. If you haven't read the first one though, I'd definitely recommend starting there. This one picks up a few months after Garnethill. Maureen is sad and knows it's not just clinical depression this time. Her boyfriend Douglas' violent death is sinking in.
His killer is sending her threatening letters from prison and she can't tell the police or she'll b This is the second in Denise Mina's Garnethill trilogy. His killer is sending her threatening letters from prison and she can't tell the police or she'll bring even more trouble down on herself. The police in turn are hassling her about the events in the first book. Her best friend Leslie has a new boyfriend and they aren't getting along. And her Dad, who molested her as a child, has resurfaced in Glasgow and she is tormented by nightmares about him.
When a client of the battered women's shelter where Maureen and Leslie work is found murdered in London, Leslie asks Maureen to help her investigate. Leslie is clearly lying about her connection to the woman which further strains their relationship but Maureen ends up getting involved anyways when things don't really add up. But Maureen's chief motivation is this is something that will distract her from her own considerable troubles. I did like this book very much by the end and I loved the setup for the third book but there is a frustrating section during the midsection which seems to drag a bit.
I continue to love Maureen and I know she's depressed and not a professional sleuth and drinking heavily but she does a few really stupid things in this story that made me want to grab her and shake her and say "Did you not just read the last paragraph? Maureen is a unique protagonist and I continue to admire the way Mina can find pathos and humor in mental illness without ever being mocking or condescending. I'm going to be sad when this series is over and since Mina sticks to trilogies, I only have one Maureen book left. I've read Mina's latest with her new character, Alex Morrow, and one of the Paddy Meehan books but this series continues to be my favorite of hers.
I love this writer at any rate and I intend to plow through her entire oeuvre even when I'm done with my beloved Maureen O'Donnell.
Jan 04, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it. And this is critical. Quickly she learns that the London police have discovered a disfigured body wearing a piece of Ann's jewelry, and that they are out to find her killer. But aside from the crime element, Maureen as a person is worth the reading time alone.
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She can write, and after I finish this trilogy I will be reading anything I can of hers. Highly recommended, but as noted above, please do start with the first in the series. On to the third book, and very soon. If you like UK crime fiction and strong women characters, you will really like this book. Dec 07, Kirsty Darbyshire added it.
I've learned since that Mina is keeping this series as a trilogy and tha Garnethill was so good, just about the best book I read last year, that I've put off reading this for fear of being disappointed by it. Dec 15, Spuddie rated it it was amazing. Still struggling to overcome her past, filled with abuse, drugs and alcohol, Maureen is up in arms trying to deal with the fact that her abusive father is once again back in town.
Looking for something to take her mind off her nightmares, she once again gets involved in a murder case when a woman who had been staying at the women's shelter where she works turns up beaten to death in London, stuffed in a 2 of the Garnethill trilogy featuring Maureen O'Donnell, a troubled young Glaswegian woman.
Looking for something to take her mind off her nightmares, she once again gets involved in a murder case when a woman who had been staying at the women's shelter where she works turns up beaten to death in London, stuffed in a mattress and chucked in the river. The natural suspect is the woman's husband, but Maureen has met Jimmy, who is now trying to raise their four children by himself--her friend Leslie asked her to check him out as he is actually her cousin--and doesn't believe he's guilty.
So she begins poking her nose in, takes the bus to London to try to retrace Ann's steps to see who she was hooked up with down there, and of course meets plenty of violent and other sundry unsavory characters along the way as well. Bleak and at times painful to read, I nevertheless love this character and the author's writing style.
Looking forward to the conclusion of the series in the third book, aptly titled Resolution. I like to think that despite her problems, Maureen is going to be all right. Apr 27, The North Wall rated it really liked it. Denise Mina continues her fine work for the Glaswegian tourist board with this follow-up to Garnethill.
I didn't think it would be possible but Exile is perhaps even murkier, darker and more troubled than its predecessor, following reluctant heroine Maureen O'Donnell as she attempts to unravel the mystery behind a battered woman's death. The mystery really does take some unravelling and the book loses its way slightly in the central section, but it hurtles toward a totally believable and liberat Denise Mina continues her fine work for the Glaswegian tourist board with this follow-up to Garnethill. The mystery really does take some unravelling and the book loses its way slightly in the central section, but it hurtles toward a totally believable and liberating conclusion whilst neatly managing to set up a sequel.
If you're looking for sweetness and light, avoid this novel - pretty much every incidental character is a festering cesspit of boils verged on the point of erupting, scabby skin, bad teeth, bad hair, bad habits - but for the strong of stomach, it really is worth your time. Jan 19, Ty rated it it was amazing. Added by 1 of our members. A month later Ann's mutilated body, stitched into a mattress, is washed up on the banks of the Thames.
No-one, except for Maureen and her best mate, Leslie, seems to care about what has happened to her, and Maureen is the only person who thinks Ann's husband is innocent. But solving Ann's murder comes as light relief.
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Maureen's father is back in Glasgow, Leslie is sloping about like a nervous spy, and then there's Angus, Maureen's old therapist, who's twice as bright as she is and making her play a dangerous game with the police. In the long tradition of Scots in trouble, Maureen runs away to London. Looking for answers to the mystery surrounding Ann's death, she becomes embroiled in a seedy world of deceit and violence.