Ebook Ó Garnethill PDF/EPUB á

Ebook  Ó Garnethill PDF/EPUB á Maureen O Donnell wakes up one morning to find her therapist boyfriend murdered in the middle of her living room and herself a prime suspect in a murder case Determined to clear her name, Maureen undertakes her own investigation and learns of a similar murder at a local psychiatric hospital She soon uncovers a trail of deception and repressed scandal that could clear her name or make her the next victim A shattering first novelyou can t look away from it Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review This is the reason we read mysteries Rocky Mountain News This raw, powerful story is an exceptional debut Kansas City Star Mina writes with a pen dipped alternately in gallows humor and rage Kirkus Reviews Intense, taut psychological thriller many wounded, twisted characters with the desire to survive past and present tragedies This book is well written and presents a very believable, gritty protagonist named Maureen a victim of familial abuse that haunt her past and ignite her current lifestyle Engrossing, hard to put down, but very disturbing in content. Wow Just wow This is enough to make you use some silly acronym like WTF when you re rathersomeone who would just like to use the explicit phrase It was all going so well, I was thinking Wow just wow in an awesome way then I got to the literal last page of this book my head kind of exploded.If you re not into spoilers for this book, I am going to tell you what the last page says, so you know, consider yourself warned if you continue reading my fist shaking fury Far be it from me to Wow Just wow This is enough to make you use some silly acronym like WTF when you re rathersomeone who would just like to use the explicit phrase It was all going so well, I was thinking Wow just wow in an awesome way then I got to the literal last page of this book my head kind of exploded.If you re not into spoilers for this book, I am going to tell you what the last page says, so you know, consider yourself warned if you continue reading my fist shaking fury Far be it from me to say this, said Leslie, but Siobhain s a prick Maureen scratched her head miserably Leslie, she said You re right To be honest, said Leslie I liked her better when she was scared shitless couldn t talk She thinks we re big mates now She said she knew she d be safe because she s got us to look after her Oh fuck, said Leslie bit her lip Maureen sighed I wanted to make a single heroic gesture I didn t want to be her mum Wow The setup here is that Maureen is an incest survivor who s got a history of psychiatric hospitalization Her boyfriend has been murdered in her house, so, intrepid little egg that she is, she s trying to investigate these crimes herself Leslie is her friend who works in a battered women s shelter is all for women taking it back for themselves, saying lovely explicit things like, Just that when we act so powerless, like there s nothing we can do, they smack us and we say please stop, they smack us and we say please stop We should smack them fucking back Siobhain is a victim of sexual abuse perpetrated by her psychiatrist in the same mental hospital that Maureen was in, a woman who was already mentally damaged then betrayed in the absolute worst way by a person she was supposed to be able to trust implicitly Now I ask you, is it actually possible for a woman who works in a battered women s shelterto actually say about another woman, I liked her better when she was scared shitless couldn t talk What the hell happened here In the course of the story, Maureen goes to visit Siobhain several times in her day care center watches tv with her while she brushes her hair When Siobhain is actually so traumatized by having to discuss her rape with the police that she can t speak, Leslie muses how she wishes she could hear Siobhain s voice Maureen say it s lovely The two friends stay with Siobhain in her house then in Leslie s for several days so they can keep her safe when her rapist doctor starts coming after her again Then Maureen does something absolutely excellent to the killer her single heroic gesture , Siobhain is safe, and all of sudden it san effective technique for dealing with needy people like thattell them to fuck off I had the second book on this series on hold I was really looking forward to reading it because up until this the book was quite good Maureen was a wonderful protagonist I was calling everyone hen and thinking in a Scottish accent after I set it down, but now No fucking way This is the book that made me fall in love with Denise Mina She s a terrific social commentator and does all the things good crime fiction should always do talk about characters and how their lives are changed for the better or worse by acts of violence. I had mixed feelings about Garnethill Mina is clearly a skilled writer and the story is well plotted, with some nice twists and tension points, and is particularly strong on characterization It also has a nice sense of place and contextualisation with respect to incest, abuse, family feuds, friendship and mental health issues The full complexity of Maureen as a character shines through My problem was with Maureen, however If there is a difficult path, she seems to take it The story is set I had mixed feelings about Garnethill Mina is clearly a skilled writer and the story is well plotted, with some nice twists and tension points, and is particularly strong on characterization It also has a nice sense of place and contextualisation with respect to incest, abuse, family feuds, friendship and mental health issues The full complexity of Maureen as a character shines through My problem was with Maureen, however If there is a difficult path, she seems to take it The story is set up so that you re meant to feel sympathy and empathy for her in opposition to the characters that oppose her, in particular her mother and Joe McEwan, the policeman in charge of the investigation into Douglas death My problem was that I often identified with McEwanthan Maureen, especially as the book progressed In her obsession to exact a retributive justice, she actively misleads the police and brings people into real danger and harm, including herself And the end is quite callous in many ways as she rejects someone she s being trying to protect It might be realistic in many ways, but I found it a little frustrating and tiring Overall then, a book that has a lot of pluses, but which didn t resonate with me personally as much as I hoped it might

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