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Gods and Beasts

Gods and Beasts

Full Title: 
Gods and Beasts: A Novel
Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
# of Pages: 

During my last outing with Denise Mina and her DI Morrow character in The End of the Wasp Season, I found Mina’s writing to be crowded, slow to produce interest. Her latest, Gods and Beasts suffers from all of the flaws that I found in Wasp Season, only more so.

Gods and Beasts is once again overloaded with characters. You have DI Morrow and her partner, another police duo who find themselves involved in a scandal with a drug dealer, a mysterious tattooed man, an elderly man possibly linked with a robber, the elderly man’s family, a politician and his wife, and Morrow’s own thuggish brother Danny. With so many stories going on in this 291 page novel I just found myself becoming lost in the out of focus story.

When we jump from character to character there never seems to be meaningful progression. Its slow, day in the life, business that exhausted my patience and had me longing for something better to do with my time. I was so withdrawn every time a new chapter began I didn’t know who I was following until their names were mentioned. Are we with Morrow and her partner as they follow leads on the robbery and the elderly man or are we with the other set of cops who are freaking out. Honestly, I didn’t really care. By page 162 I still had nothing to cling to and every change up in story arc left me feeling less and less involved.

By the end of the book we get our reveal and though it should have been a huge shock I was simply too dejected by having to have gone so far across pages and pages of seemingly nothingness to reach it, I just kind of shrugged and put the book away, instantly knowing I’d never bother picking it up again. I couldn’t bring myself to give this novel a suggested read. As always final judgment is yours.


AJ Garcia
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