Conviction by Denise Mina


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 alone. Reeling and desperate for distraction, Anna returns to the podcast. O...

Details Conviction

Release DateJun 18th, 2019
PublisherMulholland Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Crime

Reviews Conviction

  • 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 o...
  • Holly B
    3.5 STARSAnna 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 th...
  • Louise Wilson
    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...
  • 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 t...
  • Kaceey
    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 name...
  • Susan
    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...
  • Lou
    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 interes...
  • Jeanette
    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 ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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 fascin...
  • Gram
    This is a wonderfully sprawling tale with a twisted plot, most of which would easily feature in today's news headlines. The story opens with Anna McDonald, wife of a well-heeled Glasgow lawyer and mother of two young daughters, listening to a true crime podcast titled "Death and the Dana" as she prepares her daughters'clothes and packed lunches for school.Suddenly, a name from her past leaps out from the podcast. A man she knew briefly a decade a...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    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...
  • Nancy
    Wow, one of the best books I've read this year. One of 4 to get 5-stars and now I'm having second thoughts on a couple of the previous 5'rs. This one truly was a gem of a read and I loved everything about the book.
  • Kasa Cotugno
    A great standalone from one of my favorite crime writers who brings so much wisdom, humor, and here, an exceptionally unusually thrilling plotline. Read in two sittings, it was THAT good.
  • Barb in Maryland
    A really enjoyable romp of a book--not to be taken too seriously. I just had to keep reading to find out what happened next.I can already see this as a movie...More thoughts later.
  • Oliver Clarke
    'Conviction' has pretty much everything you might want from a thriller. It’s gripping, funny and has an enjoyable mystery running through it. It's also wildly different in tone and subject matter to the last Denise Mina book I read, ‘The Long Drop’, which speaks to her talents as a writer. I didn’t like it quite as much as ‘The Long Drop’, but then that was one of my favourite reads of 2018, so the bar was set high. That book was seri...
  • debra
    I have always enjoyed Denise Mina, and this book is no exception.
  • Jamie
    A true crime podcast that intersects with real life? Sign me right up!!!!! This is the first book I’ve read by Denise Mina and I was hooked right away - as Anna McDonald’s personal life unravels, she finds herself on a road trip with an unlikely companion and they are listening to a podcast about the mysterious sinking of the Dana and Anna begins to try to solve the mystery on her own. Told in perspectives that alternate between the podcast a...
  • Leah
    And... action!As Anna does all her usual early morning tasks, she’s expecting this to be a routine day. But then her best friend, Estelle, turns up at the door, and her husband, Hamish, comes downstairs with a suitcase and an announcement – he’s leaving Anna and going off with Estelle, taking the kids with him. Left alone and feeling shattered, Anna looks for something to distract her mind, and begins listening to a true-crime podcast. She...
  • Eva
    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 ...
  • Audrey
    I’ve always enjoyed Denise Mina’s Alex Morrow series but have never read any of her stand alone books. This one was excellent. And I was entertained the entire way, without needlessly deducing where I was going. At first, the plot seems to be a domestic thriller. But, other mysteries develop with a who done it that unfolds via a podcast which leads to who the main character used to be. Two unlikely characters team up with an investigation and...
  • Craig Sisterson
    Anyone who has read any of Denise Mina's books over the past 20 years knows that she's a highly talented crime writer. Her resume is packed with awards and accolades, and whether it's one her one of her three acclaimed series (Garnethill, Paddy Meehan, Alex Morrow) or inventive standalones like SANCTUM and THE LONG DROP, there's evidence aplenty that Mina is crime writing royalty. After celebrating the twentieth anniversary last year of her strik...
  • Kate Vane
    Denise Mina is always willing to take her writing in fresh and interesting directions. Her last novel, The Long Drop, was based on a real-life murder trial in 1950s Glasgow. Now, in Conviction, she has written a novel which zings with contemporary concerns.Anna McDonald is living in Glasgow, married to a lawyer, with two young daughters. They’re affluent and comfortable, if not exactly happy. Anna likes to escape the conflict in her marriage by...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for an advance copy of Conviction, a stand alone set in various parts of Europe.Anna McDonald is listening to a true crime podcast, Death and The Dana, when she realises she knows one of the dead, Leon Parker. She is intrigued and continues to listen but it is only when her husband leaves her for her best friend, Estelle, and takes her daughters that she decides, on a whim to...
  • 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 to young daughters, she rises early to listen to podcasts as a preparation to face her daily mundane tasks. She is s...
  • Nigeyb
    I loved Denise Mina's The Long Drop (2017) - Winner of the Gordon Burn Prize 2017, and the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year 2017 - and so was keen to read more of Denise's work.Unlike The Long Drop, Conviction (2019) is wholly fictional however it is also a very modern story which embraces podcasts, the #metoo movement, rape, wealth and privilege, identity, social media, and murder. Quite a lot of murder.Although elements of ...
  • Sid Nuncius
    I loved Conviction; it is gripping, insightful and witty. It is also an enjoyable change of direction from the very good but unremittingly grim The Long Drop. One of the book’s great features is the narrative voice of Anna, a damaged, often angry woman whose marriage to a wealthy lawyer in Glasgow implodes, revealing that she is not who everyone thinks she is and that her old identity has become public. Details of the death of someone she knew ...
  • Barbara
    Not your average mystery, but definitely worth the read! I was hooked within the first couple of pages and I didn’t want to put it down. There are mysteries within mysteries in this book, and the plot takes a few twists and turns along the way, some not as plausible as others, but it’s a fun ride. It gets a little gritty, it gets a little spooky, it gets a little funny, it gets a little sad, it gets a little desperate, it gets a little convol...
  • Pat
    A timely murder story based on the main character listening to a podcast, recognizing one of the victims as a previous acquaintance, and wanting to get involved in solving the mystery.Denise Mina is a good and unique writer.
  • Denise
    The eternal companions of all clever women are mistrust and scorn."Anna McDonald has two daughters with her lawyer partner, Hamish. On the morning her life implodes, she's listening to a true crime podcast and is quite surprised that she knows one of the people featured in the story. "A sunken yacht, a murdered family on board, a secret still unsolved..."When Hamish walks out of their home with Anna's best friend and her two daughters, Anna brief...
  • 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.