Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Denise Mina's Exile, the middle installment in her trilogy isn't quite as good as the first (probably because the novelty is gone), but is still better than half the mysteries I read this year. Like many trilogies, the middle book is where the heroine is brought low, her insecurities exploited, her strength shown to be lacking. Here Maureen leaves her natural environment of Glasgow and heads to London to try and find out what happened to her friend Leslie's cousin. While there she finds that as tough as she thought she was, she is nothing compared to the bad guys she discovers there. Her friendship with Leslie is on the rocks, she's being taunted and threatened by the bad guy from the last book, and she has to deal with the fact that her father who abused her is not only back in town, but is being welcomed back by most of her family. One thing I really liked about this book is that the couple of questions I had throughout the whole thing as the plot unfolded were supposed to bother me and I came to the same realization as Maureen did and right about the same time too. Which was very cool.

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