Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 20/02/2020
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Darkly comic
Conviction, for me, was a strange one. I liked the plot and the premise of the book, and the fact that 'Anna' has been running for such a long time to th... READ MORE
Leah Chapman
Listen for the truth
An addictive cat and mouse thriller of true-crime podcasts, hidden identities and shady villains. Plus, a refreshingly original duo leading the charge and ... READ MORE
Catriona at Waterstones Online


Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2020

Everyone loves a true-crime podcast... until they have a starring role.

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 freefall.

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

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784704865
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 266g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

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3.5 stars A pacey adventure thriller
This story is so much more than the blurb on the back of the book! I’ve not read anything by this author before, and after reading the description sent to... READ MORE
Initially, I did not think I was going to enjoy this book but that soon changed. In the beginning, it is a story within a story within another story. It st... READ MORE
Steven Capel
A Good Read
Initially, I did not think I was going to enjoy this book but that soon changed. In the beginning, it is a story within a story within another story. It st... READ MORE
Steven Capel
Brilliant Writer
We all know that Denise Mina is a brilliant writer... So I was very keen to pick up this beauty. My verdict, the blurb on the back of the book does not do ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Denise Mina – Conviction
Just like every day, Anna McDonald gets up in the morning and turns on a podcast to relax before the usual commotion of her family starts. This morning, ho... READ MORE
Fast paced and exciting
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 P... READ MORE
Celia Short
Page turner
Denise Mina was a new author to me and I bought the book as a whim during lockdown. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and found myself finding time to read... READ MORE
Clare Higham