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Conviction

Written by: Denise Mina
Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK

"Get cozy because you won't be able to put this one down! Our final Reese’s Book Club pick of 2019 is the thrilling murder-mystery Conviction by Denise Mina. This story combines suspense, international intrigue, and the murder of an entire family aboard a ship...following the one woman who may just have all the answers." (Reese Witherspoon) 

The captivating, utterly unforgettable thriller for fans of Killing Eve and The Woman in the Window: A true-crime podcast sets a trophy wife'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, desperate for distraction, Anna returns to the podcast. Other people's problems are much better than one's own - a sunken yacht, a murdered family, a hint of international conspiracy. But this case actually is Anna's problem. She knows one of the victims from an earlier life, a life she's taken great pains to leave behind. And she is convinced that she knows what really happened.

Then an unexpected visitor arrives on her front stoop, a meddling neighbor intervenes, and life as Anna knows it is well and truly over. The devils of her past are awakened - and in hot pursuit. Convinced she has no other options, she goes on the run, and in pursuit of the truth, with a washed-up musician at her side and the podcast as her guide.

©2019 Denise Mina (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Mina's latest thriller is a spellbinding listen featuring a superbly talented narrator. Cathleen McCarron expertly portrays numerous characters spanning several ages, accents, genders, and emotions. She particularly shines as protagonist Anna McDonald.... Anna is a quirky, compelling heroine, and McCarron is a narrative force." (AudioFile magazine)

"Such a delight: playful, fast-paced, and entirely compulsive." (Ann Cleeves, author of the best-selling Shetland series) 

"Denise Mina brilliantly manages to be funny, heart-wrenching, gut-punching and addictive all at once: A fabulous, captivating novel." (Nicci French, author of the international best seller Day of the Dead

"Spellbinding.... A metafictional marvel that both endorses and exemplifies the power of storytelling." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

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  • MCK
  • 2020-05-09

So many layers to this compelling story!

I could not stop listening! Rich characters played so well by the talented Cathleen McCarron. Lots to unpack in this murder mystery. Engaging and insightful.

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it's alright

The performance was good after you get used to the author's voice (takes about 30 mins) but the story was meh.

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Delivers on the promise of a good story

Loved the writing and the performance. The incorporation of the podcast medium was novel and added an additional level of intrigue to the whole story. I was completely floored by the ending. Definitely merits a second listen.

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kept me guessing until the end

aside from the story inside the story that ropes you in, part of what makes this audiobook so good is the narrator. different voices for different characters really helps you understand everything a little bit better. I found myself wanting to listen to this all the time.
this is about a podcast that chronicles of murder mystery and it's very different and inventive and will keep you guessing until the very end!

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An unlikely story

A tale of twisted lives and misshapen truths had me near the edge of my seat for most of the book. What lessened the experience for me was the recurring theme of plot armor that cheapened the otherwise brilliant experience. The characters are lively, the story keeps taking twists and turns to keep things fresh. But at the end I wish the narrative resolve didn't come from convenient yet unlikely events.

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Denise Mina at her finest

This is one of those well written, well read books that make audible so welcome as part of one's repertoire. It is interesting, and also funny.

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Enjoyed this thoroughly

Great narrator and story - definitely worth a listen. I enjoyed the podcasts they listen to about the ship and its ghost stories, and the way the characters were written.

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Quirky and entertaining

I really enjoyed listening to Conviction. The narrator, although appears as unreliable, is quirky and very interesting to learn about. Plot was interesting and keeps you guessing.

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The narration is top notch

Honestly one of the most engaging narrations I’ve had from Audible! The story is a thriller that’s dark but also has a lightness. I really liked it and would especially recommend to true crime podcasts fans like myself.

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Entertaining murder mystery

Well worthwhile as a light and entertaining murder-mystery. I would have liked a richer plot line with more character development, however I found the story entertaining and would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy-to-listen-to mystery novel.

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  • Jenn
  • 2019-06-26

Wow! Excellent all-around & AMAZING narrator!!

This is one of those books that is so good in every aspect that I feel the need to go back and re-rate past books I’ve rated as 5 stars to 4 or even 3 (author-wise and narration-wise). Logistically, this book is so complicated, interwoven, detailed and descriptive that it might seem impossible to execute in general let alone as excellently as Denise Mina so capably did. I’m so in awe of how she told this tale, it’s almost like she took an amazing movie that is so cinematically and visually impressive and then somehow turned it into a book as equally impressive through sheer storytelling — and without compromise. Everything was beyond great: character development, pacing, unfolding of twists and turns. In the very, very beginning I really couldn’t see how anything that was being introduced could possibly make any interesting sense at all or if it did, how it would even be appealing, but obviously, it all did and superbly so. Lastly, wow, most definitely the best narration I’ve heard, Cathleen McCarron literally did dozens of accents, ages, emotions, and genders so perfectly and believable without being offensive or overly dramatic. Bravo, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2019-10-26

A hot mess

At the beginning, I really liked this book. I enjoyed the lead character, and sympathised with her history and life. I also liked the way that the podcast was so seamlessly integrated into the story.

But when the travelling begins, I just couldn't get over the omissions and illogical events. The author, IMO, is trying to push too many hot button issues at one time, and they just get lost in a massive tumble against each other.

So promising, but ultimately totally disappointing.

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  • rosemary
  • 2019-07-10

Not at all what I expected

I read the reviews before I purchased this book and I knew that it was different than her other books but I had no idea that my opinion would be so different than most of the other readers. I really did not like the narrator and initially I found the book somewhat boring but I soldiered on until it turned to the podcast and then I really couldn’t stand it. I tried to listen three separate times but I never changed my mind. I can’t recommend this book but others have found it interesting.

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  • ChickCoat
  • 2019-09-03

Mixed bag

Interesting plot-centered psychological thriller, but with a—spoiler alert—syrupy, formulaic Scooby-Doo ending.

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  • Dory
  • 2019-12-05

I enjoyed this book!

Reese picked another winner! Loved this book. Highly recommend! It kept me wanting to find out more. I was surprised by the ending. And I enjoyed listening to this book!

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  • BK
  • 2019-08-29

lots of fun

An engaging story with a memorable protagonist, and a helluva of narrator! Listen, be entertained, and let the real world slide for a while. It'll still be there when you're done.

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  • Amy Miller
  • 2019-09-05

The first of hers I didn't like

When I completely despise the main character I can't finish a book. Whiny, annoying, and grating, so unlike all the other characters Ms. Mina writes about--the only book of hers I couldn't stand or finish--looking forward to the next. Hoping for better.

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  • Ian Macdonald
  • 2019-06-25

Decent but not great

Lots of fun bits and a feisty heroine hampered by a sketchy plot.
None of the villains actions made sense to me.

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  • Donna
  • 2019-06-22

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This is sadly not one of Denise Mina's best mysteries. I've
enjoyed her earlier works so much. Is there such as a thing as a good author and a disappointing reader? What I find long and hopelessly convoluted another reader may
enjoy as a 5. I will read other reviews as they appear.

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  • pcrews
  • 2019-12-19

Annoying

No thank you. Too much annoying twist to care. I will stay away from Reese Witherspoon reading list.

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