The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina – Book Review

The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
Published by Reagan Arthur/Back Bay Books, an imprint of Hachette

She’s a young woman who misses her mother, a girl who just had to suffer through her mother’s protracted illness, attempting to pay for her care. She isn’t expecting the boys. The boys who come in, shouting about the children they are sure she has, the children she doesn’t have. The boys who are oddly unafraid and – terrifyingly – don’t seem to care whether or not she knows who they are, whether or not she can identify them.

The End of the Wasp Season presents a difficult case for Detective Alex Morrow. The facts of the case are hard enough on their own, with the brutal murder of the young woman, and the situation is complicated by her pregnancy with twins – a pregnancy that makes her particularly nervous after she lost her young son – and the tenuous situation in the office ever since Bannerman was promoted. It is all a bit of a shocking transition from Still Midnight, actually. Alex is in a very different place in this book than she is in the last, which is actually sort of disconcerting, because the reader doesn’t really see her journey, it all happens off screen.

For me, this case had less immediacy than the one in Still Midnight. The victim in Still Midnight had been kidnapped and the case was time sensitive but in The End of the Wasp Season the victim is dead and it doesn’t seem that anyone else is in danger. Still, I liked to see Alex’s growth, as I became attached to her

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