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Maureen O'Donnell is a psychiatric patient, stuck in an affair with Douglas, a shady therapist. She’s about to end it with him when she wakes up one morning to find him in her living room with his throat slit. Viewed by the police as both a suspect and a witness, even Maureen’s family suspects her.

Panic-stricken, she retraces Douglas' last days, finding a trail of rape and deception at a psychiatric hospital where she’d been an inmate. The patients won't talk and staff are afraid. Then a second brutalised corpse is discovered and Maureen realises that her life is in danger.

©1998 Denise Mina (P)2003 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • zoj
  • 16-12-2020

Frenetic narration. Mellow out and calm down

Commical voices, narrator's 'suicide tanya' is shockingly bad and offensive. Moustached cop and Irish mum are also farcical. This is no reflection on the novel.

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  • Anne
  • 19-06-2020

Unable to finish the book

I am afraid that I was unable to finish this book due to the narrator. I found her voice too penetrating, and shouty. Not for me.

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  • D L Campion
  • 07-09-2018

Brill

What a really good book. Gruesome and funny. Good characters and storyline. Should be a made into a film.

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  • Anne
  • 10-03-2017

great novel

second time of listening loved the pace of the story and all the different charadters.

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  • Linda C
  • 02-02-2021

Sadly, you were right!

I persevered with this book, but the shouting was almost unbearable at times. I’m sure that the narrator was striving for authenticity and integrity with Denise Mina’s intentions, but it made for an uncomfortable listen.
The plot and quality of the writing were enough to hold my interest, but I did think that the swearing was overdone in some places... especially when it was being screamed through my headphones!!

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  • Claudia
  • 25-12-2020

Good book, bad narration

This was a good story, but I think I would have enjoyed it even more if the narration would have been better. I almost stopped listening a few times because the narration was so bad. Overdone, often shouty, comical voices that bear no resemblance to real life. I found it distracted me and gave the whole story a ridiculous, comical undertone that didn't suit it at all. The story itself was good, with interesting characters and great development of the storyline.
Overall, an average experience. Not sure I'll get another one of these books though, certainly not with this narrator.

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  • Ricci
  • 23-05-2021

My New Favourite Author - hurray, rejoice

I love a good, fictional crime drama. It can be as gritty as it likes & I’d rather have it set in contemporary UK, where I live. My previous fave in this genre was Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series - set in Belfast. So what I know now is I like them set in a Celtic city. Garnethill the novel is pacy, surprising, refsympathetic-yet-unsentimental, gross, involving, and it made me laugh a lot. It’s got no needless snobbery or cheesy office politics. I love the set-up: who the main character is & how she wrestles the situation round to end up on top. Very unusually for me I read this & its sequel straight-off. Can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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  • The Aardvark
  • 17-09-2020

What a great story & great narration!

I love a story where nothing is swept away by someone doing something stupid. This complex, entertaining story really fits the bill. And the narration is just superb, bringing to life in your imagination a wide range of characters. Looking forward to the next in the series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-2020

Couldn't stop listening!

Fantastic story and even more fantastic narrator!!! Can't wait to listen to another of Denise Minas books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-2020

Glasgow dwellers will love this.

Katy Anderson brought the book alive in my mind. Perfect character descriptions along side the perfect performance made me laugh, gasp and hold a wee tear. Story kept me gripped. Loved it.

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