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Conviction

Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Conviction, by Denise Mina, read by Cathleen McCarron.

From 'the woman who may be Britain’s finest living crime novelist' (Daily Telegraph), 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 Random House Audiobooks

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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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.
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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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Terribly boring

What a terribly boring book!!! I’m so disappointed!!!! Waste of money and I just couldn’t finish it.

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Engaging

Really enjoyed this book. A good performance and compelling modern murder mystery. Would recommend it for someone who enjoys the crime genre and wants a relatively light read.

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couldn't stop listening

I just had to get to the ending. great story and narration was fantastic also.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sharon
  • 10-06-2019

wonderful!

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

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  • Bee
  • 08-06-2019

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

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  • Bluebell
  • 11-04-2020

Loved it!

A good, well written story and an excellent narrator, sorry when it came to an end.

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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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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-04-2020

devoured in one sitting

I listened to this book all through the night and just could not stop. I love Kathleen's narration and it just worked so well with this story which was brilliantly written. The story was fast paced and full of twists and turns - but not contrived like some authors who try too hard. Any book after this is going to be a let down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-2020

good story line and great podcasts by line

loved it all. keeps you interested every chapter. unlikely characters but all comes together. brilliant story

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  • JGC
  • 03-03-2020

Brilliant!

Loved it! Great characters, engaging plot and plenty dry wit, more please Denise. xxxx xxxx

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  • Bookaholic
  • 19-01-2020

One star down....

Only one downside - too many characters for an Audible book. The main characters were well written, but I found it difficult to retain the drip fed bits on secondary characters, especially when they turned out to be crucial for the book, and then their names and accents were changed deliberately! Very confusing! I had to go back on numerous occasions to re-listen to bits and unlike the pages of a book, or the ease of search on Kindle, it is a slog to go back on Audible. The background of Skibo, Inverness Airport etc well researched, and I have to assume ditto for Paris, Saint-Martin-de-Re and places throughout Europe. If Denise Mina did personal experience research on these then it must have been great fun and mostly very luxurious! Narration by Cathleen McCarron was excellent. Very interesting and enjoyable and would likely make a good action packed movie.