Conviction by Denise Mina has all the elements of a book I should love: suspense, mystery and crime, but this was a flop for me. This book has been on my waitlist for months, so I assumed because of its high demand and the number of copies available that I would really enjoy this one. Maybe my hopes were too high? I just felt like it was all over the place, but I will say it’s paced well and a quick read. I wasn’t loving it, but I was still wanting to know the outcome of the plot enough to be interested in getting to the end.
Anna, a podcast obsessed wife and mother, has her life turned upside down on what started as a typical morning when she listens to a podcast about an old friend who has just died and her husband and children walk out of the house with her best friend. Anna is binge-ing more episodes of the podcast when her best friend’s husband shows up and causes a ruckus with the neighbor (he’s an anorexic man who was formerly famous and now bankrupt) and they decide to drive away together. As they listen to the podcast in the car, they decide they have nothing better to do than to investigate what happened themselves.
All that craziness and that isn’t the tip of the iceberg. There’s just so much going on and things just go from crazy to crazier. I’d not recommend this book, unfortunately!
I will, however, recommend reading Just Mercy a true crime story about finding justice for an innocent man. It’s SO, SO good and I wouldn’t be able to do it justice here, so check it out if you want to read a crime story that’s actually good! There’s a movie out now starring Michael B. Jordan and I’m so looking forward to seeing it!