I’m thrilled to be sharing a review of Conviction by Denise Mina today. Many thanks to Hope from Vintage Books for my review copy of the book.
It’s just a normal morning when Anna’s husband announces that he’s leaving her for her best friend and taking their two daughters with him.
With her safe, comfortable world shattered, Anna distracts herself with someone else’s story: a true-crime podcast. That is until she recognises the name of one of the victims and becomes convinced that only she knows what really happened. With nothing left to lose, she throws herself into investigating the case. But little does she know, Anna’s past and present lives are about to collide, sending everything she has worked so hard to achieve into freefall.
Now I’m going to whisper this…I have never read a book by Denise Mina before this one!! Yes I know! As a lover of all things crime (especially Scottish crime!) it’s an oversight I’m not especially proud of but now I’ve read my first one well, let’s just say that it won’t be my last.
Conviction is a real rollercoaster of a crime thriller that starts big and then just gets BIGGER! Within the first few pages you find out that Anna is hiding, not only her identity, but a huge secret about her past. And it’s all about to come out! Unfortunately, her husband also has his own secret that comes as a little bit of a shock to Anna and adds to her problems. And as she throws herself into the podcast she is listening to, she hears a name that takes her right back to a time she has been desperate to forget.
Denise Mina really knows her craft and has created a gripping and compelling storyline that grabbed me immediately. I can’t admit to liking Anna that much to begin with but with all that is thrown at her throughout this fast paced narrative I could quite understand why she kept her emotions locked up inside her. But I did LOVE the settings as the action and the characters chased the truth about the podcast around Scotland taking in the glorious Skibo Castle and then crossing the channel to the glorious Ile de Ré off the coast of La Rochelle in France. And as the tension increased so did the number of casualties caught in the crossfire.
I thoroughly enjoyed Conviction and am looking forward to seeing if Denise Mina writes more of the same as it was certainly a stylish crime thriller that captured my imagination throughout.
Conviction is published by Vintage on 20th February 2020.
Denise Mina is the author of the Garnethill trilogy, the Paddy Meehan series and the Alex Morrow series. She has won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award twice and was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2014.The Long Drop won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2017 and the Gordon Burn Prize. Conviction is the co-winner of the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2019 and it was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club. Denise has also written plays and graphic novels, and presented television and radio programmes. She lives and works in Glasgow.