Review: The Red Road by Denise Mina
Review by Amanda Donovan
Denise Mina writes in a unique poetic yet gritty style which brought images of the TV series, Dexter to mind. My favourite sentence of the book is ‘…filigreed with blood, deaf to the skirl of the horn.’
The author writes a compelling plot centred on Rose Wilson who is fourteen, lives in a children’s home and is abused by the people she trusts. The Red Road begins with a bang in Glasgow in 1997, then switches to the present day and grown up Rose with a big secret. Detective Inspector, Alex Morrow, is a determined and realistic character that any reader will be able to identify with as she struggles with her family life while investigating a set of fingerprints that were found at the scene of the crime. Expect to be hooked from the beginning and hold on to your seat during the relaxing scene at Mull.
This book is a must for all crime fiction fans. I enjoyed reading it, but was disappointed at the end as the solution to the crime was not clear. Don’t let this put you off. It may have just been me and I intend to read it again! Recommended for the gritty style and exciting read, it is guaranteed to shock and delight.