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I bought the Garnethill Trilogy to read on hols, but couldn't wait and devoured the first, Garnethill, yesterday. Maureen is child abuse survivor who has spent time in psychiatric care. She is having an affair with Douglas Brady, a society husband and son of Carol Brady, an MEP. One day Maureen finds Douglas dead, tied to a chair and throat slit. The killer has been very careful to ensure that Maureen is perfectly in the frame for the crime.

 

Battling her family, most of whom believe that she invented the child abuse at the hand's of their father/husband, battling her alcoholic mother, battling the police who believe she is the perpetrator, battling the MEP determined that Maureen is at fault and battling the police Maureen is determined to find out for herself who killed her boyfriend (who she had stopped caring about really). She has to learn who in her tight circle she can trust.

 

I loved this book for many reasons. The mystery, the hook of all crime really, is not too complex or unbelievable. The characters are real and draw you in especially Maureen who should be an unreliable narrator with her boozing, psychiatric history and dodgy memory of child abuse, but she's not - you believe wholeheartedly in her. He brother Liam is also one you shouldn't trust - a drug dealer - but you do, you care about what happens to him. But most importantly, to me, the setting; Glasgow and a Glasgow that I recognise - mundane and everyday - not noirish and seedy. With a Glaswegian dialogue to match - not affected and exaggerated but real and normal. The way Glaswegians speak - not a romanticised, brutalised version.

 

I absolutely can't wait to get stuck into the second in the trilogy.

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Might add this to my list of books to look out for - but would I find the Glaswegian accent/dialect impenetrable, Hazel?

No, absolutely not. It's not written in accent - just the phrases and structure of Glaswegian. It's a great read meg, just simple storytelling at its best.

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I read this when it first came out in paperback and remember how good it was.  I quite agree Hazel, it's really good story stelling and something, which given the subject matter, could have been excessively grim but isn't.

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