Book Reviews

Book Review: “The Long Drop” by Denise Mina


Rating: 4/5

Genre: Mystery, thriller


(From Goodreads) The “trial of the century” in 1950’s Glasgow is over. Peter Manuel has been found guilty of a string of murders and is waiting to die by hanging. But every good crime story has a beginning. Manuel’s starts with the murder of William Watt’s family. Looking no further that Watt himself, the police are convinced he’s guilty. Desperate to clear his name, Watt turns to Manuel, a career criminal who claims to have information that will finger the real killer. As Watt seeks justice with the cagey Manuel’s help, everyone the pair meets has blood on their hands as they sell their version of the truth. The Long Drop is an explosive novel about guilt, innocence and the power of a good story to hide the difference.


Well, I’ve never heard of Peter Manuel and all the craziness surrounding his unfortunate demise (in the novel). This book is definitely not for the conventional mystery reader –  it is strictly just about the events leading up to the hanging. I mean ya, there is some mystery, but it’s not jam packed; I felt like they were few and far between. For those who are more interested in historical setting, and what life is like back then, well I think you’ll enjoy it more for sure.

With that being said, the structure was great, and the story was easy to follow, despite the jumping between past/present. I thought that was pretty cool, going between present Peter to past Peter in a field, stalking someone. The book immediately draws you in to the story that Denise has created, and it’s definitely not necessary to know what this man has done. This is such an interesting take on a horrible serial killer, that I really did enjoy every part of the book (NOTE, this is coming from me, someone who wants mystery galore in her novels).






How do you like your mystery books? Edge-of-your seat, or slow and methodical? Let me know in the comments below!

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