The Long Drop by Denise Mina
What’s it about?
This slim novel takes place in Glasgow, Scotland and introduces us to William Watt. William’s family have all been murdered in their beds- and all suspicions are on him. In order to clear himself he meets with Peter Manuel (a career criminal who claims to have information) and has an epic night carousing the bars of Glasgow. The next time they meet they are sitting in a courtroom.
What did it make me think about?
This is just an interesting story that highlights Glasgow in the 1950’s. I often forget how much life has changed in the last 70 years. This novel is based on real life events and in some ways reminded me of “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote.
Should I read it?
Denise Mina has a unique way of telling this story. This is a quick book, but it packs quite a bit in. I would recommend this one.
“ He thought, his wife thought, that women should not be out at that time. He thought and his wife said, they must be a peculiar kinds of women to be out there at that time, in a field with a man. They didn’t think these things because they were nasty people, or spiteful, or uncaring. They thought these things so that they were not terrified all the time.”
If you like this try-
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
The Loney by Micahel Andrew Hurley
7 1/2 stars
best of spring/summer 2017
best of winter
best of summer 2014
last spring favorites
on my nightstand
edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!