A true masterpiece with a realistic heroine doesn't come along everyday but then Mina is anything but an everyday writer.
Rarely does a writer give a more realistic and coureageous portrait of life in general and women in particular,
an with a natural talent for plotting and a great sense of humour "Garnethill" is destined to become a classic novel.
Maureen O' Donnel leads the reader through very grim situations and places, but it doesn't take long before you want to follow the resilient, cunning, headstrong woman wherever she goes,
indeed after finishing "Garnethill" you'll find it hard waiting to read the next instalment in the trilogy.
Much of the novel's power lies not only in the plotting, but also in the minor characters and the interaction between them:
Shioban Mc Cloud for example is a wonderfully rich portrait of an endearing, loving, bullying, bossy and often comical woman with a psychiatric history,
Maureen's friend Leslie and brother Liam are two more examples of Mina's ability to create admirably multifaceted lifelike creations
and much of the backbone of the novel is formed by the delightfully complex relationship and back and forths between O' Donnel and the police-officers who interview her.
The novel ends as a thriller of sublime suspense as Maureen comes face to face with the murderer of her boyfriend.