ConvictionBook - 2019 | First United States edition.
The day Anna McDonald's quiet, respectable life exploded started 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 they're in hot pursuit. Convinced she has no other options, Anna goes on the run, and in pursuit of the truth, with a washed-up musician at her side and the podcast as her guide.
Conviction is "daredevil storytelling at its finest" (NPR's Fresh Air ), a breathtaking thriller from one of the most "superbly talented" writers of our time (Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling author of Trust Me ).
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"[Suicide] is a passing impulse, a signal that change is needed. [...] I was in the afterwards, it was glorious, and a lot of people didn't make it here." p371
If I told you their names you'd think you know me. You don't. I'm not going to talk about that night at the hotel in Soho. I will not name the footballers. I will not specify which London club they played for. You can go elsewhere for all of that. pg. 177
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Instagram made me do it. I was influenced to read Conviction by Reese Witherspoon and I checked it out from my public library. There is so much mystery and wittiness in the book and I just loved the relationship between the characters Anna and Fin! As an ESL reader the book was perfect for me to read. The vocabulary was rich and challenging yet it did not intimidate me.
Conviction is a fast paced mystery, a total page turner and one of those books that you just have to grant yourself five more minutes. Then the day is over and you read until your eyes can't stay open.
Anna McDonald is obsessed with reading and listening to true crime podcasts (who isn't). One early morning before her husband and her girls wake up she is listening to an episode about a murder mystery on a sunken yacht, The Dana. The doorbell rings, Anna opens the door and it's her best friend with a suit case. At that same time her husband is coming down the stairs also with a suitcase. He is leaving Anna for her best friend and he is taking the girls. He can't deal with Anna's strange personality. Anna has a history. Mystery #1!
To self medicate Anna continues to listen to the podcast and realizes that she knows the man who was murder on The Dana. To take her mind off her personal tragedy Anna takes it upon herself to solve the murder on The Dana by investigating and traveling all over Europe. Mystery #2!
I really enjoyed reading this book, I was completely invested in trying to solve the mystery before Anna and Fin did.
There is a Trigger Warning that I want to caution you about. I'm not sure if it would spoil the book so let me know if you want me to tell you what it is.
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