by Denise Mina


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"If you loved Killing Eve, you'll devour Conviction .... A twisting, darkly comic, thrill-a-minute ride." (Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said) A true-crime podcast sets a trophy wife's present life on a collision course with her secret past.

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune
— Seattle Times
Publishers Weekly
— Christian Science Monitor (Best Books of July)

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 in hot pursuit. Convinced she has no other options, she goes on the run, and in pursuit of the truth, with a washed-up musician at her side and the podcast as her guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316528504
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 17,595
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of thirteen novels, including The Long Drop, winner of the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year, and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel. Mina has twice received the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow.

What People are Saying About This

Author of He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly

“A twisting, darkly comic, thrill-a-minute ride across Europe. If you loved Killing Eve, you’ll devour Conviction.”

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Conviction 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Great story; different, non-expecting and guts!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Anonymous 8 days ago
I got about two hours of sleep while reading this book--and I'm not a speedy reader. I AM intense, and so is this book. I will read anything at all that Mina writes. She could write a grocery list and I would know, before even picking it up, that I would love it.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Suspense, deceit, plot twists, friendships in the most unlikely places, murders and motherhood - this book has it all! Couldn't out it down!
Steve Aberle 10 months ago
Conviction is a nice change of pace for the great writer Denise Mina. Our hero is Anna, a strong and curious woman. Unfortunately, her husband has just left her for another woman. Bereft and sad, she decides to follow her interest in True Crime podcasts. She listens to and decides to involve herself in a mystery around a family murdered at sea on a possibly cursed and or haunted boat. Anna hooks up with a friend and together they have a comical and vastly entertaining time. Conviction is not a hard-core suspense novel, but it is hard to put down. Take a journey with these characters, it will be memorable.
Kaceeey 10 months ago
4.5* This was a delightfully surprising read for me. I know what a talented author Denise Mina is, so I suppose I shouldn’t have been shocked at just how much I enjoyed her latest work. This book had my full, undivided attention from cover to cover! Anna finds her inner peace reading. (Sound familiar?) Her other guilty pleasure is listening to true crime podcasts. Her latest favorite is called Death and the Dana. A yacht sinks, drowning a man named Leon along with his 2 children. Wait a minute. Did Anna hear that correctly? Leon? It couldn’t possibly be the same Leon from her past. (or could it?) She’s instantly sucked into the podcast as her past begins to re-surface. Can Anna uncover the truth behind the tragic death of her friend and his children? And what fragile parts of her own life threaten to be exposed as a result? Denise Mina has a true gift, delivering a mesmerizing tale that’ll keep you flying through the pages right to the end. The characters are vivid, real and very human. I felt I was along for the ride with Annie in her quest for the truth. The story unfolds from Anna’s POV with the addition of the pod-casts that add such amazing depth. Highly recommend! A buddy read with Susanne! Thank you to NetGalley, Mulholland Books and Denise Mina for an ARC to read and review.