The Red Road
July 4th, 2013
With an intricate plot and vivid protagonists, Denise Mina’s latest novel The Red Road is set fair to soar up the best seller lists and gain yet greater recognition for the talents of last year’s Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year winner.
What sets the author apart from many of her peers is the style with which she manages to draw just the right amount of detail from each fragment of plot so as to leave the reader wanting sufficiently more to want to keep reading without spoon-feeding them to the extent where the reveals become less powerful.
Added to this is the manner in which the pace is kept at such a high tempo without ever becoming hectic, thanks to some beautiful descriptive prose which place readers alongside DC Alex Morrow and her colleagues as well as imbibing the natural dialogue with wit, fear, humour and guile.
Yet it is the darker edges of the novel which will live longest in the memory, the sinister elements of the sub-plots and twists, as it are these which truly drive the novel towards its gripping conclusion and will leave those who begin the book unable to resist the pull of being able to finish it in a single sitting.