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Another right proper page-turner of a book from Denise Mina. In an imaginative twist on the amateur detective plot, an odd couple race across Europe to try and solve a crime that doesn't seem right, inspired by a True Crime podcast that picks at an old wound. It's a rip-roaring yarn that reminded me of books by John Buchan's tales and there were lots of echoes of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca in there too. Highly recommended.
What a journey. How many twists and strands can one writer weave together? Just as well there appears to be two delivering this tale: Anna McDonald & Denise Mina. A fine partnership guided by encouraging support team. Once you start this splendidly superb adventure you better buckle up for a thrilling, expertly paced, joy to absorb - word by hand-picked word. Thanks to all involved.
I don't know if it's just me, but I haven't been able to concentrate on a book since lockdown. Well, until this one. It grabbed me from the first sentence and kept it up till the last page. I've read Denise Mina's earlier works, and I love the way she combines really heavy themes with a light tone. She brings that skill to this novel, but adds a skillful interweaving of stories. Yes, I see that it's got mixed reviews. All I can say is that I loved every word of it.
After finding out her husband is leaving her for her best friends, and taking the kids, Anna loses herself in a true crime podcast where she soon realised that one of the victima (or was he the killer) is someone she used to know. Along with her best friends husband she becomes an amateur sleuth 🕵️♀️ to find out the truth about the murder but puts herself and her family in danger along the way. I read this book in about 3 night shifts at work. Really enjoyed it and my sister, who is now reading it, loves it too.
I really enjoyed Conviction. It was easy to read with twists and turns, the ending did feel a little rushed however I liked it none the less and wasn't redirection I thought it would go on. I love the relationship between Fin and Anna and how it grows throughout. I would recommend it to a friend,especially as a holiday read.
A Story which had you pulled one way and then another, just as you thought you had a line on both the people in the tale and the under-current of who/what was behind it all a new twist contracted your innards. Once again Ms Mina has brought another great work to the page, not only that but her work gets better book after book.
I have been reading Mina's books for several years. The one published before Conviction was a bit of a disappointment, but this one shows Mina has not lost her touch. Magicians use sleight of hand to convince people that they are seeing something different from what is actually occuring. Mina does the same thing with her plotting, showing a plausible scenario, then revealing a twist that sends the reader down another road. Enjoyed the book.
I loved this book. I was addicted to it from the start. Denise Mina has such an interesting storytelling style which might not be everyone's taste but hey, that's the subjectiveness of all art forms. This book features flawed characters that are weirdly likeable and so well written. Interesting and relevant plot lines with quite a few surprises along the way. To say anything more would give things away but it is certainly a book worth delving into. Watch out though. You may have trouble putting it down once you start!