The Red Road first takes
us back to 1997 and introduces us to secondary character named
Rose Wilson. We discover Rose is a teen prostitute turned
murderer. We witness her transition and her most inner thoughts.
It’s heartbreaking and nauseating. Rose returns later
in the storyline...
There is more than one thread in The Red Road. Morrow’s
brother is a gangster and someone threatens her job because
of him. Alex is a witness in the case of an arms dealer. During
this case, she also deals with an overly flirtatious lawyer,
giving her ideas. Remember, Alex is married with twins. Another
lawyer knows he’s going to be killed so he takes the
situation into his own hands to get others out of harm’s
way. Then Rose Wilson reappears, all grown up… The story
shifts from fascinating to terrifyingly gripping.
The Red Road is the second Mina/Morrow mystery for
me. Listening to it, I’m reminded of how well Mina puts
a storyline together. It’s thorough and intense. She
goes into such detail with her characters’ personalities
that, at some points, I had to cover my ears and say: too
I like the main character Morrow. She’s intelligent
enough to spar with the best in court, and she doesn’t
let the criminals or the bullies get to her. The most memorable
character in this storyline is Rose – abuse, murder,
survival, then nanny…crazy.
Cathleen McCarron narrates the audio version. She’s
does an amazing job bringing to life these edgy characters
living on dark side of Glasgow. McCarron is a professional
who has narrated various genres (romance, fiction, mystery).
Again, if you like the intensity of mystery authors Ian Rankin
or Val McDermid you should check out this series.
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