Exile (Garnethill Series #2)

Exile (Garnethill Series #2)

by Denise Mina

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Trying to escape her own troubled past and the memories of her lover's murder, Maureen O'Donnell finds refuge working as a counselor at a shelter for battered women. When the body of shelter resident Ann Harris washes up on the banks of the Thames two weeks later, Maureen vows to discover what happened and to prove that Ann's husband is not to blame. Taking her search to London, Maureen soon encounters disturbing truths about Ann's hidden past - including a secret that has Maureen fighting for her life.

"Atmospheric, intense, and full of the disturbing flavor of inner-city lowlife." -Guardian

"Reads like a slap in the face - and a kick in the ribs and a fist in the stomach . . . like its powerful predecessor, Garnethill." -New York Times Book Review

"Stunning. . . . The danger reaches a frightening pitch."-Rocky Mountain News

"Mina offers us a complex plot with a shocking ending, all told in an amazingly original voice." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This is a terrific book." -Dallas Morning News

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316022484
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/10/2007
Series: Garnethill Series , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 113,967
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of more than ten novels, including The Long Drop, winner of the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. Mina has twice received the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow.

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Exile (Garnethill Series #2) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
safetygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mina's protagonist Maureen travels to London to figure out who killed a woman who disappeared after leaving a domestic abuse shelter in Glasgow. She gets caught up in the underground world of junkies and drug dealers where she barely escapes with her life.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exile is the second installment of Denise Mina¿s Garnethill trilogy, which begins with Garnethill and ends with Resolution (which I have not yet read). If you do not read Garnethill prior to this book, you will be a bit lost, both in terms of characters, and in terms of the main character¿s (Maureen O¿Donnell) background. And this is critical. These are excellent books, and I most highly recommend them.As the action begins, Maureen, who works at a battered women¿s shelter, is drawn into the disappearance of Ann Harris, a resident of the place, who told everyone that her husband Jimmy constantly beat and abused her. 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. Maureen meets up with Jimmy and realizes that he¿s just a quiet man trying to take care of four small children and wasn¿t involved in Ann¿s disappearance. However, if she doesn¿t figure out what happened to Ann, more than likely it will be Jimmy that¿s off to prison. Her desire to help Jimmy sets her on a very dangerous path where she will meet up with some very rough characters who aren¿t so happy that a foreigner has come asking questions.But aside from the crime element, Maureen as a person is worth the reading time alone. She¿s got a lot on her shoulders and struggles inwardly with her past as well as her extremely dysfunctional family. Now she¿s got new worries that pick up where the first book (Garnethill) left off. I really enjoy her character and I¿m really sad there are only three books about her. I also enjoy Denise Mina¿s writing¿it is excellent, and not just in the sense that she¿s a good writer of crime fiction. 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. This is no ordinary ¿mystery¿ series by any stretch of the imagination.
RidgewayGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exile is a very dark, bleak story, set in a frightening version of London and Glasgow, in which the powerful prey on the weak and the weak prey on the weaker. It's amazing, but very, very sad, redeemed mainly by the idea that most people are just trying to do the best they can and that kindness is not impossible and is the most important thing. Mina writes so well, finding new ways to say things without ever saying "look at me, look at what I can do".Exile is the second book in a trilogy that begins with Garnethill. I would highly recommend reading the first before the later two books.
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An exploration of the slimy side of drug and alcohol addiction. Maureen goes to London in search of evidence in the murder of an alcoholic mother of 4. She, herself, is more than a little tempted by drink, and her brother in the previous installment was a drug dealer. Bars in London. Brushes against the London drug scene. I cannot say usual, but part of Maureen's MO is to perpetrate some (justified?) crime near the end of the book.
-Eva- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As in the first installment of the Maureen O'Donnell trilogy, this one deals with a murder mystery which Maureen is trying to solve, more of her nutty family, and a healthy, or rather unhealthy, dose of binge drinking. A Glasgow woman is found murdered in London and Maureen travels between the two cities to find out what happened.As usual, I can't say enough good things about Mina's writing style when it comes to place and mood, but, again, her characters don't work as well for me. Maureen is still committing what I consider to be the worst crime: she manages to do utterly stupid things to get her in trouble. For Maureen it's usually a result of being blind drunk, but I consider that as much of a cop-out as when a writer makes their murderer insane in order to force the plot. Still, it's an exciting enough story to make it a satisfying, although not great, read.
tripleblessings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sequel to "Garnethill" by Mina. A tense psychological thriller, "noir", disturbing and depressing, in my opinion. Rather than an enjoyable escapist read, I often needed to take breaks and escape from the miserable world in this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and the books are fine. I had a bit of trouble keeping the plot in mind because of the length of the stories. I intend to read again. These women are so beautifully conceived that it's hard to read about any others.
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