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An abducted child.
A family destroyed by grief and guilt.
A man of God.

When 12-year-old Tina Snowdon and her little sister Annie gratefully accept a lift from a helpful stranger, she has no way of knowing that only one of them will make it home.

As Tina’s life is torn apart by pain and recrimination, the only evidence the police have points to George Cotter, a pillar of t
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Morrigan Publishing
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Kira
May 08, 2012 Kira rated it it was ok
The ending of this book ruined it for me. The rest of the book was ok but it felt like the story was cut off too quickly without any real resolution for one of the main characters.
Bryce
Jul 25, 2012 Bryce rated it it was ok
It's sad when a book that has real promise goes terribly, terribly off the rails.

At first, I was willing to cut Convictions a lot of slack. The plot had some legitimately surprising twists and turns. At first, I thought the book would be a straight-forward story about a child being kidnapped and then found, your basic police procedural. Then, part one of the novel ended, with the child still kidnapped and part two jumped ahead eight years. "What is this?" I asked myself. The story kept surprisin
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Melissa
Jun 05, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
The book started out good and kept me wanting to read more and more. I felt the author did a good job of showing how the parents felt when finding out about their daughter's disappearance. However, I felt like more should have been given to us about Tina. More of her life ss she was growing up.
Towards the middle of the book the story line started to become predicable. The ending did leave a slight twist with Jason Christopher character. I closed the book with frustration. I wanted more informat
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Anne-Marie
Jun 07, 2012 Anne-Marie rated it it was ok
This book had all the ingredients to be a best seller, but three quarters through the book, the story just unraveled and the end is a big disappointment. It just leaves you hanging, with no real closure.
Pauline Ross
This starts out as a straightforward child abduction case, but quickly becomes something more complicated. Two sisters, aged twelve and eight, sneak out from Grandma’s house during an overnight stay to go to a concert. When they find they’re too late to catch a train or bus home, and have no money for a taxi, they accept a lift from an apparent good samaritan. The older daughter manages to escape but the younger vanishes. The family implodes during the police investigation, there’s a suspect but ...more
Josh
Jul 29, 2011 Josh rated it liked it
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Emerging talent Julie Morrigan showcases her diversity by crafting a haunting story of child abduction and the resulting broken family dynamics that follow shortly thereafter. While well removed from her collection of noir shorts in 'Gone Bad', 'Convictions' has enough spice to satisfy the bleak desires of the basement crazies and police procedural enthusiasts alike. In 12 yr old Tina (the escapee) and 8yr old Annie (the captured) we're given two sides of the spectrum, one perceived as ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jun 27, 2012 Lynda Kelly rated it liked it
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This was quite good. It's about 2 young sisters abducted some years ago and one managed to get away from their kidnapper. Her mum pretty much made her life a misery after this feeling that as the eldest she should have protected her younger sibling.
The police are convinced a local church are involved and someone confesses, goes to prison but then retracts his confession. And still Annie hasn't been located. Years pass and the police don't give up and meanwhile there are more kids disappearing of
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Amie
Jul 18, 2014 Amie rated it really liked it
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Interesting mystery of abduction and how it screwed up some (likely already messed up) family dynamics. There are some very heroic figures (like Ruth) and some others you just want to either shake violently or punch in the face (like Penny or the Christian cop). At times the story moves along slowly - but I think that has more to do with me being impatient and wanting to scream at the characters that certain other ones looked really shady - check into them! - but they didn't so I believe that ...more
Elaine
A chain reaction of hateful and illegal acts occur when one crime is committed. Such is the case after young Annie is abducted. Being only a child herself, Tina, Annie’s sister who managed to escape during the abduction, doesn’t escape her mother’s wrath and unforgiveness and is the prisoner of her mother’s angry words and hateful looks for years. Her mother makes no bones about Annie being the favored child.

Ruth, an officer, never giving up on her search, is the family’s liaison, keeping them
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Jean
Jul 26, 2013 Jean rated it really liked it
The story opens with two young girls being abducted. The older girl, Tina, manages to escape from their abductor, but Annie, the younger one is taken away. The investigation begins into the disappearance of the two girls. Tina is filled with guilt that she was the one who escaped and Annie didn't. Her mother feeds on her guilt and makes Tina's life miserable every day of her life. Tina's anger is brought to the forefront when she learns the man who was jailed for the abduction of her sister is ...more
Mxyzptlk
Nov 03, 2014 Mxyzptlk rated it it was amazing
First of all, if you haven't already read Gone Bad, this author's short story collection - read that first because it is a superb collection, and like this full length is also a great bargain, and shouldn't be missed. This one has a great story; a "missing person" novel that moves along at a quick pace and will not disappoint. Also don't let the fact that this is only available as an Ebook (or because it is so inexpensive,) lead you to believe that this is anything less than a top notch effort - ...more
Darren Sant
Nov 03, 2014 Darren Sant rated it it was amazing
A highly enjoyable read from start to finish. The plot is fairly fast paced and it is written in such a way that you want to keep reading. You want to find out the answers to all the questions the author cunningly leaves in your head. One of the things I enjoyed most about the book was the fact that the dialogue and character interactions were very believable, very realistic. Anyone who writes will know how tricky that can be to achieve. Julie does it effortlessly and consistently throughout the ...more
Maureen Vincent-Northam
Aug 18, 2013 Maureen Vincent-Northam rated it really liked it
Convictions centres on 12-year-old Tina, whose younger sister Annie is abducted while in her care. Annie is her mother’s favourite and makes Tina’s life a misery. We follow events throughout Tina’s young life, including time in prison for the attempted murder of the man she believes is guilty of kidnapping her sister. But with a record of more children disappearing without trace, things take a different turn and a body of people come under the spotlight.
Huw Thomas
Sep 23, 2012 Huw Thomas rated it really liked it
This is a carefully crafted thriller. No purple prose just a good, solid read with very real characters.

The book begins with a child abduction and follows events over the next six or seven years. This isn’t just a police procedural: the novel also tells its story from the point of view of victims, investigators and abductor, showing how tragic events can rip relationships apart and the impact that crime can have on all involved.

I’ll be looking out for more of Julie Morrigan’s books.
Joyce
Feb 10, 2013 Joyce rated it it was ok
Two young sisters are abducted. One escapes and returns home, the other doesn't. The story follows the life of the sister who returned home and ended up unwanted. It covers the arrest of a man charged with the abduction, her relationship with her mother, and her only healthy relationship, that with a policewoman involved with her case. The plot, to me, seemed straightforward and definitely ran from a to b. Easy reading.
Lillie
Apr 27, 2014 Lillie rated it it was ok
I liked the character of Tina and sympathized with her as she dealt with the problems resulting from her escaping from the abductor who got away with her younger sister. Although most of the police characters were likable and believable, overall I felt the plot was more to cast aspersions on religion and people of faith than a real mystery.
Sally Beaudean
Jul 15, 2012 Sally Beaudean rated it liked it
Convictions is a good read. I was amused by the British characters -- always having tea and finding evidence in the boot of a car and just the different turn of a phrase. The story is relevant and moves quickly albeit a little bit obvious. It's a good mystery with believable characters. Try it, you might like it.
Linda
Dec 01, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Well, I downloaded this as a result of a 'Free book download' notification website and it was really good: well-written,with a good story-line. Not absolute edge-of-the-seat stuff but a good holiday read.
Richard Godwin
Nov 03, 2014 Richard Godwin rated it it was amazing
A dark rich thriller that leaves sweat on the pages. A simple ride gone wrong, a 12 year old girl in the wrong place with the wrong person. Religion and the controlling lies of a mother. Morgan has written a brilliant and totally readable story.

Renz
Oct 12, 2013 Renz rated it liked it
This book was starting to go well then they introduced a bizarre lesbian triangle in jail as well as the church cult and it was like okay that's it... This book just jumped the shark
Jennifer
Nov 03, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
wow - great book - another one that I could not put down!
yes the ending was a little abrupt but it did 'wrap things up' so to speak.
Amy
Mar 10, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it
I bought this based on the reviews I'd read on Goodreads and Amazon.
Not sure what the fuss was about.
Dawn
Aug 11, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
A real tear jerker with lots of twists - really enjoyed the rad although very tearful from start to finish.
Tabitha
Nov 03, 2012 Tabitha rated it really liked it
Very quick read and a gripping story. I enjoyed the characters and the ups and downs of the storyline.
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Tracy Oliphant
Jun 07, 2012 Tracy Oliphant rated it it was amazing
JI really felt for this young girl.... Couldn't put this one down..
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Julie Morrigan is the author of three acclaimed novels, and numerous novellas and short stories.

Best known for her gritty crime tales based in the north-east of England, her 2011 debut novel Convictions became an Amazon bestseller, and was selected as one of the top books of the year by both Grift Magazine and the Crime Fiction Lover website.

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