written by Denise Mina
Continuing with my crime novels addiction, I have had the pleasant surprise to discover the work of Scottish writer Denise Mina. She has a couple of series going on and this one is the Alex Marrow’s one, that is comprised so far of five books (joy!) so far. I read the first two in four days and I am fighting with myself not to keep reading the others right here and now, only because I’m scared I’ll overdose, not matter how good it is.
What I liked about it: first of, it’s in Scotland, and it feels like it, which is refreshing. So if you enjoy traveling through books and learning about other cultures and mentalities, you’re in for a treat. (unless you live in Scotland, of course.)
But what I really enjoyed is how good Mina is at going back and forth between what people feel, what people do/or say, and what people perceive is happening.
You know, like these moments when you really want to say ‘Salad!’ but you think your friends want you to say ‘Pizza’, so you say “pizza!” but then you get frustrated and you rant about something random that starts a whole new set of domino effects?
Ok, that’s probably the silliest example I could have picked, but hopefully you got the idea. Mina is a genius at capturing these subtle but omnipresent dynamics that are rarely mentioned in stories. Ku-the hell-dos.
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