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“I loved how Denise Mina structured this book. Anna, the main character starts off at the beginning of the book by telling us that she is writing the story of what happened to her beginning with the day her world imploded (for the second time in her life). She starts off by telling about the day her husband informed her he was leaving her because he was in love with her best friend and how she threw food and plates and anything else in reach at him and then shut herself in the bathroom to listen to a true crime podcast (one of her passions and a calming influence). As we listen to the podcast we find out that Anna once knew one of the people mysteriously killed on a Yacht and she doesn’t believe what the narrator thinks happened. After hours shut up in the bathroom she hears a banging on her front door and finds Fin Cohen, her best friend’s husband, there to commiserate about their loss. He was once a famous rock star and as they are standing on her porch a nosy neighbor, who heard her fight with her husband, takes a picture of them and posts it on social media. And, then the story really begins! What a fun adventure we are taken on. Anna is smart, fierce, determined and very funny as she finally tells the truth about who she really is and who is trying to kill her (because he didn’t succeed the first time years ago). Fin is a perfect sidekick. He is a naïve, gullible, anorexic has been, but is determined to let nothing happen to Anna, even if he really doesn’t believe she is in danger.”Nancy,
“This standalone Denise Mina novel is one of her very best, which is saying a lot for this massively talented crime writer. Not only is it gripping and page-turning and all of the other -ings that a thriller should be, it also has drop-dead fierce sentences: she describes someone's laugh as "so dark and wild you could drown bags of kittens in it." (Now say that again in your head with a thick Scottish brogue.) The characters are gloriously flawed and sympathetic. And on top of all of that, it also manages to explore in some depth the very art and impact of storytelling: whose stories get told to whom and how, and what that means for those who are too frequently silenced.”Rachel,
The Book Table
“ Why did I wait so long to read Denise Mina?! Conviction is a fast listen made faster by the fact that the plot takes place over the course of just a couple of days. Anna is as explosively fascinating character (literally and figuratively, considering her temper!) Cathleen McCarron was such a wonderful narrator that I am actively seeking out more of her stuff. If you are looking for a quick and incredibly thrilling listen, I highly recommend this one. ”Becky,
A true crime podcast sets a trophy wife's present life on a collision course with her secret past in this "blazingly intense" Reese Witherspoon book club pick and New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year (A. J. Finn).
The day Anna McDonald's quiet, respectable life exploded started off like all the days before: Packing up the kids for school, making breakfast, listening to yet another true crime podcast. Then her husband comes downstairs with an announcement, and Anna is suddenly, shockingly alone.
Reeling, desperate for distraction, Anna returns to the podcast. Other people's problems are much better than one's own -- a sunken yacht, a murdered family, a hint of international conspiracy. But this case actually is Anna's problem. She knows one of the victims from an earlier life, a life she's taken great pains to leave behind. And she is convinced that she knows what really happened.
Then an unexpected visitor arrives on her front stoop, a meddling neighbor intervenes, and life as Anna knows it is well and truly over. The devils of her past are awakened -- and they're in hot pursuit. Convinced she has no other options, Anna goes on the run, and in pursuit of the truth, with a washed-up musician at her side and the podcast as her guide.
Conviction is "daredevil storytelling at its finest" (NPR's Fresh Air), a breathtaking thriller from one of the most "superbly talented" writers of our time (Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling author of Trust Me).