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Conviction

Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Conviction stars a strong female protagonist who is obsessed by true-crime podcasts and decides, one day, to investigate one of the unsolved crimes herself.

It’s just a normal morning for Anna McDonald. Gym kits, packed lunches, getting everyone up and ready. Until she opens the front door to her best friend, Estelle. Anna turns to see her own husband at the top of the stairs, suitcase in hand. They’re leaving together, and they’re taking Anna’s two daughters with them.

Left alone in the big, dark house, Anna can’t think, she can’t take it in. With her safe, predictable world shattered, she distracts herself with a story: a true-crime podcast. There’s a sunken yacht in the Mediterranean, multiple murders and a hint of power and corruption. Then Anna realises she knew one of the victims in another life. She is convinced she knows what happened. Her past, so carefully hidden until now, will no longer stay silent.

This is a murder she can’t ignore, and she throws herself into investigating the case. But little does she know, her past and present lives are about to collide, sending everything she has worked so hard to achieve into free fall. 

Conviction is the compelling and unique new thriller from multiple award winner and author of The Long Drop, Denise Mina.

©2019 Denise Mina (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A twisting, darkly comic, thrill-a-minute ride across Europe. If you loved Killing Eve, you'll devour Conviction." (Erin Kelly)

"Denise Mina brilliantly manages to be funny, heart-wrenching, gut-punching and addictive all at once: a fabulous, captivating novel." (Nicci French)  

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Wow! Once you’re in you’re hooked

Took a few turns before I understood the multiple threads and then I really got into it. One of the best paced, layered stories I’ve read in ages, enjoyed the narration too, needed clear separations for characters and that was achieved.

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Brilliant

I don't normally write reviews but had to for this one. Absolutely fantastic. Refreshing characters and great story line and as per usual Cathleen McCarron is a great narrator. I hope there’s more to come.

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Excellent story and excellent narration!

Brilliant. Gripping and original. Fantastic partnership. Emotional topics dealt with deftly and without weepyness. Narration was astonishingly good!

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Good rainy day listening

I found it a very engaging story, well written and very well performed. Good rainy day listening.

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A fun read

Perhaps not the most believable murder stories but a good read. Tragedy and humour mixed together.

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  • 08-08-2020

Interesting at times

It read like my sort of book and the beginning really hooked me in. The narrator did a good job throughout. There were some well written passages and interesting turns, but even if you look at it like a fun page turner, overall it was all just a bit too implausible and really, I was just happy to make it to the end.

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Great beach read

Really enjoyed this. Characters are likeable and story is engaging. Narration very well done too.

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Amazing Book!

An incredible story, well written and well narrated. I just wanted it to keep going!

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Enjoyable

Laborious connecting the many threads. A simpler story may have achieved the same effect. The ending with all the characters together read like the author needed to create the final scene just to end the adventure. Overall enjoyable.

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ENJOYABLE

Enjoyed from start to finish. Storyline easy to listen to and narration very easy on the ear with a accent. worth a listen

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  • ShelleySkudowitz
  • 03-01-2020

Different and tense till the end

Well done Denise Mina and Cathleen McCarron you brought this book to life. Thank you .

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  • Mr Chops
  • 19-07-2019

Nothing like Codename Villanelle

Bought this on the strength of the comparison to Codename Villanelle. Where Codename Villanelle is smart, sexy, exotic, fast paced and tinged with luxury, Conviction is pedestrian and mumsie. A traditional first person gradual unravel of the whodunnit with the usual background family/relationship issues thrown in. Codename Villanelle is a sophisticated, modern female Bond Conviction this is more Bridget Jones without the humour. If you like The Hunting Party or Val McDermid (I don't) this could be for you. If you are looking for the latest Villanelle prepare to be dissatisfied.

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  • Cath Deakin
  • 22-08-2019

conviction

enjoyed the story but it was a little confusing at times, I had to re read bits. would have liked a better ending saying what happened to all the characters but overall it was good.

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  • Bee
  • 08-06-2019

Patchy

Starts well but becomes increasingly far fetched and scattered with cliches. Mostly enjoyable but a bit irritating by the end.

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  • daisyrock
  • 03-07-2020

Not recommended

I bought this as I'd really enjoyed The Long Drop by the same author, and because I like the narrator, having listened to her read the Karen Pirie novels by Val McDermid. Sadly, neither woman was on form here. The premise is interesting, although wildly far fetched, but the plot holes are massive and frequent. Not least, when we finally find out who sank the Dana, that person has no clear motive whatsoever. Also, footballers doing dirty deeds in hotels is (sadly) such a commonplace, it doesn't seem realistic that it could stir up so much trouble. As for the narration, the reading is good. But Cathleen McCarron is out of her depth with non-Scottish accents. The character who creates the original podcast is supposed to have a South London accent, but instead has that all-purpose jolly hockey sticks accent that so often gets rolled out for English female characters. And don't get me started on the various European accents (many of which wander into Welsh from time to time). Overall, a big fat let down from a writer and reader who can both do better.

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  • Graham G Grant
  • 10-04-2020

A deadly romp with all the ingredients of a classic thriller

The protagonist of Conviction is a middle-class mother with a hidden identity and a secret past. It was long buried until her marriage broke up and she sought solace in a true-crime podcast about the murder of an entire family aboard a yacht called the Dana. This sets in a train a classic thriller ranging across Europe, even taking in a visit to celebrity getaway Skibo Castle. There are echoes of classic pulp fiction, and perhaps even of the Hannay novels - stories of pursuit and improbable derring-do. The opening sections, where the present-day action alternates with excerpts from the podcast, work well, and the narration is excellent. As the cast list became a little more crowded, I struggled a bit to keep faith with the increasingly bonkers plot. The climax seemed a little rushed and unsatisfying. But the urgency, trademark wit and characterisation are enough to keep you listening, particularly in the first half of the novel. Mina has written stronger thrillers, but this is worth your time.

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  • Jamie L
  • 24-06-2020

Shocking

What an awful premise.....So when your husband leaves you the best thing to do is pretend to be an investigator and solve an old murder. Really? Ridiculous! Plot holes and so dreary. No twists or surprises. Would not recommend - total waste of time. It felt like it would never end!

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  • CM
  • 16-06-2020

Great listen

I like Denise Mina,I have read a few of her books.So I was pleased to see one in the 2 or 1sale.This book certainly did not disappoint.The plot was good taking the listener all over Europe .The podcast was an interesting device. The narrator was excellent.

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  • Fee
  • 15-06-2020

Okay

For the first few hours I felt as though I wanted to give up. Very unlikable characters, very odd story structure. The characters later developed well although so much so that it felt like a completely different book. I don’t know that the second part was worth plodding through those first hours for.

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  • Sharon
  • 10-06-2019

wonderful!

I finished this book in record time, wow what a fantastic story! Thank you Denise!

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  • Tee
  • 25-07-2020

Dry wit with a stampede across Europe

Loved the mix of characters and the description of them, engaging plot and plenty of dry wit. Narrator did an awesome job.