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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  27,730 ratings  ·  3,021 reviews
A true-crime podcast sets a housewife's present life on a collision course with her secret past.

The day Anna McDonald's quiet, respectable life explodes starts 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 a
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Hardcover, 376 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Mulholland Books (first published May 16th 2019)
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Paromjit
If there is only one crime thriller book you read this year, make sure it is this one from the award winning Scottish writer, Denise Mina. This is a markedly different read from her previous works, it has a lightness of touch, is darkly humorous, relevant in our contemporary world of #MeToo, and utterly riveting. The well to do Anna McDonald is married to lawyer, Hamish, and has two young daughters, Jess and Lizzie. Anna is a true crime podcast obsessive, her latest one is entitled Death and the ...more
Holly  B
3.5 STARS

Anna McDonald, is an ordinary wife, mom, and pod-cast junkie. One day her life gets turned upside-down when her latest episode titled "Death and the Dana" hits a little too close to home.

Anna decides to investigate the unsolved crime herself. The crime involves a sunken yacht in the Mediterranean and multiple murders and a name that Anna recognizes. Someone from her past. What an interesting angle!

I was immersed in the first half of the book. The suspense and the yacht mystery were both
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Louise Wilson
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sucked into this story from the beginning. This is just the second book that I have read by the author but I will definitely read more. The book is set partly in Glasgow. Anna McDonald's husband has just left her for her best friend and he has taken their children with him. Anna loves to listen to true crime podcasts. Apart from Glasgow, we also travel to Fort William and lle de Re in France. Anna's life is complex, I don't want to say more than that as it would contain spoilers. This is a ...more
Holly
Spoiler alert, but whatever: Why not throw a triple-murder mystery, an anorexic man, a couple of assassins, a gang rape (in reference, not directly), a couple of people with hidden identities, some more murders, and two podcasts, into a single book? Oh and the ending makes no sense. Actually, the entire book makes no sense if you think too much about any of it. I could go into it in detail but I'm really not in the mood. So just know I do NOT recommend this book. At all.
Susanne  Strong
3.5 Stars* (rounded down).

Not your average thriller!

A woman obsessed with podcasts starts investigating a man she once knew who is the star of one. Talk about an intriguing premise!


Anna McDonald is a married woman who believes she is happily married when her husband takes off with her best friend and her children. With her life left in tatters, she starts investigating a man whose family is featured on a podcast. All were murdered at sea, on the Dana, a sunken yacht in the Bay of Biscay. The
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Kaceey
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
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
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Cheyne Nomura
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. Read this because it’s Reese’s Book Club pick. I must say, her picks are getting worse and worse. I long for the choices that harken back to Little Fires Everywhere, The Last Mrs. Parrish, and Where the Crawdads Sing.
Ceecee
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna McDonald settles down early one morning with a coffee and a podcast and realises that she has met the man at the centre of the unfolding drama. Leon Parker and his two children died on board the yacht Dana which has been the subject of much speculation over the years. This revelation unsettles Anna but things get progressively worse for her shortly after starting to listen to the podcast, unravelling the comfortable life she has enjoyed over the last few years. The Dana Mystery is connected ...more
Beverly
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colorful inside and out, Conviction (terrible title) tells of a woman, Anna, on the brink of a nervous break down. She decides to figure out what happened to an old friend who died under suspicious circumstances in a boating tragedy. Anna, desperately needs distraction from the wreck of her own life. She takes along her neighbor Fin on her journey who is also coming apart for some of the same reasons as Anna.

Both Anna and Fin are broken people, but Anna is much more worldly wise and savvy than F
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

By the time my turn came around at the library for Conviction I had no recollection of where I had even heard of it. Then I saw it was part of the “Hello Sunshine” book club and basically when it comes to Reese Witherspoon . . . .



Okay, maybe not anything, but she does pretty decent at picking books I like.

Anna is your typical housewife who enjoys listening to podcasts/escaping into a book along with a nice cup of Joe after getting
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Ken
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seeking a distraction the day that husband Hamish announces that he is leaving for best friend, Anna finds comfort in a true crime podcast only to discover that the case that the series is covering involves someone from her past.

As the infamous Dana yacht had already a checked history of hauntings and tragedy, so the sinking of the vessel felt like another murderous mystery to solve.
Anna takes it upon herself to investigate the real truth.

The idea of introducing most of the initial plot through
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Kim Ebner
Oh dear, my very first read of the year and it’s unfortunately a 2 star read. How disappointing. I don’t have much positive to say about this one. For that reason, I’m not going to go into a long detailed review focusing on everything that I didn’t like, but I obviously I intend to make a few high level comments.

Quite simply, this one wasn’t for me. I found the plot totally over the top and highly unlikely in a number of respects. The things that happened in this book, right from the beginning,
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Erin (from Long Island, NY)
What a ride! This is that rare book where the author does such an expert job describing & explaining these characters, that you find yourself completely invested. Even if you don't agree with someone you can empathize & wholly understand because after all, they're only people. Anna McDonald is awesome. She is a survivior. She's also the fiercest, most determined women I've read about in a while.. & to top it all off, she's just so heartbreakingly normal. Her husband & best friend rip the rug out ...more
Susan
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have, so far, read two books by Denise Mina, and a short story, all of which I have loved; which leads me to the conclusion that I really need to go back and rediscover her earlier work and, in particular, her crime series. Both of the novels I have read, “The Long Drop,” and this, “Conviction,” have been stand alone books and both have been excellent, in different ways.

Anna McDonald is having marriage counselling, but it does not seem to be working, as when we meet her, husband Hamish heads
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L A i N E Y
I do not believe in spirit possession but you know what, if someone were to tell me that in the middle of writing this book, the author, for whatever reason, got possessed by some otherworldly entity and wrote the rest of the book, I would have totally consider that possibility. Because that would have at least explained how a book that has started so well and completely unputdownable for the entire first half has managed to missed every opportunity to deliver even a tiny bit of satisfying concl ...more
Mackenzi
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea what this book was and I'm not mad about it.
Jackie
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didnt-finish
I’m really frustrated that i can’t finish this book but there are just too many problems with it for me to continue. My biggest problem is that it is not well edited or proofread. There are several instances where words are missing from sentences or like a whole page where she switches “bies” to “beis.” But this last issue may even be a spoiler, on page 209.

Throughout the book I’ve had just enough trouble keeping track of things that i thought maybe i just wasn’t paying enough attention. But th
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Jeanette
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, fully. If they don't make a movie out of this one, all the people in the current film business of movers/shakers (what lousy products they have put out for years!)- should have their heads examined. Not that they don't need it (getting their heads examined) regardless of script picks. But this would make a top notch film. In Scotland, UK ports, France, Italy and in all various delicious travel logistics and hotel rooms (magnificent to canal seep dank). Venice maze chases and the train ...more
Lou
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What sets Denise Mina apart from the rest of the crime crowd is her portrayal of ordinary, humdrum lives which go on to be affected by a single life-altering catalyst. From then on life spirals drastically out of control and that is exactly what happens here with Anna and her family. The scenario manages to remain the right side of credible and, in my opinion, the reason Mina's books are so exceptional is that they feature a potent mix of interesting characters, solid plot, relaxed writing with ...more
Lindsay Saligman
Dec 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Eva
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Denise Mina is a name I’ve seen mentioned quite a lot but I had never read any of her books before. Her latest release, Conviction, seemed like a good place to start.

When Anna’s husband leaves her for her best friend and takes the kids with him, the only thing that’s able to distract Anna from the shambles of her life is a true crime podcast. This podcast tries to find the answers to the mysterious sinking of a yacht that left three people dead. When Anna realises she actually knew one of the vi
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Liz Barnsley
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conviction was absolutely riveting from the very first page – a vibrant, edgy and brilliantly done character voice, this is a layered tale that sucks you into it’s mysteries then throws you out the other side feeling like you’ve been through the wringer right beside Anna.

Using a podcast as an anchor to mystery storytelling is popular at the moment but I’ve not seen it used in quite this way before – those portions of the plot are fascinatingly immersive (yes I know) a sunken ship haunted by a gh
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Mandy White
Really enjoyed the first half of this book but the second half not so much. A good story for the most part.
Mary
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, this was surprisingly delightful. Things that I do not generally enjoy include: murder mysteries/thriller, and podcasts. And yet this book managed to strike a perfect balance between serious and fun. It’s HIGHLY improbable, but creative and nuanced.

P.S. The audiobook narrator was *kisses fingers* Holds up sign: Will work for more Scottish accents among audiobook narrators in general.
Jessica Woodbury
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recommend Denise Mina a lot to people who are looking for a strong, reliable crime author to add to their reading. CONVICTION is a strong standalone with a tough female protagonist and a super twisty European spree of a plot, I think it's a good place to start if you haven't read her before.

At the beginning of the book, it looks to the reader like Anna is at a low point. All she wants to do is listen to this true crime podcast and then she gets some very bad news. You'd think Anna is at a low
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Janet
Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
AVOID, AVOID, AVOID! Don't let the 5 star reviews fool you.
Kelli Wilson
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was fantastic! Very fast paced. Main character is rough edged and perfect in this book. I've been in a book slump. This one really helped me redeem my need to read.

This one is interesting without being too complicated. Fast and furious without losing perspective. It's simple enough yet an exciting read. Easy for anyone to pick up and be instantly entertained without pause until the very end.
Linda Wilson
I'm afraid that I really did not enjoy this story, though I can see that it would appeal to some readers. For me it was way too far fetched, and I didn't warm to the characters. Thanks to NetGalley for a preview copy.
Kathryn in FL
This fast paced story had me riveted from the start. I loved the interesting characters filled with unusual quirks, who propelled the story forward until its plausible and neat ending. I loved the mystery, which I found to be quite intriguing.

Set in Scotland, Anna McDonald is heading for a nervous breakdown. Unhappily married with two young daughters, she rises early to listen to podcasts as a preparation to face her daily mundane tasks. She is shocked to learn that a man of means, whom she kne
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Peter Monn
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Omg this book was such a fantastic ride. Absolutely amazing. Loved every minute of it! My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks ...more
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Denise Mina was born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's job as an Engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies around Europe
She left school at sixteen and did a number of poorly paid jobs, including working in a meat factory, as a bar maid, kitchen porter and cook.
Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal care patients.
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