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Deception | [Denise Mina]

Deception

From Scotland's most exciting up-and-coming mystery novelist comes a story of Lachlan Harriot, a man who refuses to believe his wife, Susie, is a killer, even though she had been working with Andrew Gow, a paroled serial killer, as his court-appointed psychologist, when she was found covered in blood near the spot where his and his wife's bodies were discovered. Desperate to clear his wife's name, Lachlan searches her home office for proof of her innocence.
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Publisher's Summary

From Scotland's most exciting up-and-coming mystery novelist comes a story of Lachlan Harriot, a man who refuses to believe his wife, Susie, is a killer, even though she had been working with Andrew Gow, a paroled serial killer, as his court-appointed psychologist, when she was found covered in blood near the spot where his and his wife's bodies were discovered. Desperate to clear his wife's name, Lachlan searches her home office for proof of her innocence. What he finds in this formerly off-limits place is an unimaginable world that makes him question his wife and their life together. But something continues to trouble him, and he, believing that this is where the truth lies, follows his hunch beyond all reason and hope.

©2004 Denise Mina; (P)2004 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"It's voice, not event, that grabs hold of the reader and won't let go. Lachlan Harriott immerses us in his obsessions; like Nabokov's Humbert Humbert, he repels and commands sympathy in the same instant. He is a charming, comic, intelligent narrator....Mystery lovers have lately been looking to Scotland, in part because of Mina's fast-growing reputation; this stunning new work can only bolster the trend." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Karen Nederland, CO, United States 05-29-05
    Karen Nederland, CO, United States 05-29-05 Member Since 2013

    I read, almost exclusively, with audio books. I listen while driving, walking the dog, exercising, and doing chores (love multitasking!).

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    "give this one a pass"

    This book is written in journal format. The main character isn't very likable, and he and the others (his wife, the person killed etc.) aren't very interesting. It is the only audiobook I haven't listened to all the way through (and I've listened to many!) The narrator did a very good job, but even he couldn't create interest out of this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sunshine Purvis 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "My first Denise Mina but definitely not my last"
    What did you love best about Deception?

    The structure of the story. The mystery unfolds through the diaries of a house-husband and father. He's desperately searching for evidence to provide grounds for an appeal of his wife's recent murder conviction Since the husband is as clueless as the reader, the process of his discoveries and his emotional journey are very organic and relatable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very much. The author does a masterful job of creating a sense that there is much more to the story than the diarist (or the reader) realizes. I couldn't wait to find out what clue would be revealed next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's a scene where the protagonist is in shop considering splurging on a new coat. The simple act of trying on the beautiful jacket and thinking about how it makes him feel frees him, if momentarily, from the terrible circumstances in which he's stuck.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Peek 06-08-08
    C. Peek 06-08-08

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    "Tedious and implausible"

    The ending was ludicrously implausible and scant reward for plodding through this clunker. The characterization was well done and interesting, and the narration was wonderful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    angel 08-03-07
    angel 08-03-07
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    "Don't Be Deceived . . ."

    . . . by good reviews. This book is ALL (and I do mean minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day--sprinkled throughout with descriptions of various and sundry bodily excretions) all about how a house husband with no income ends up living happily ever after--after his gainfully employed wife is convicted of murder. Sadder and wiser now, I should have paid attention to the previous reviewer who warned that "deception" is an excellent title.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 03-03-07
    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 03-03-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Deception is a good name for this book"

    This book goes nowhere, but takes a very long time getting there. The same story could have been told in a lot less time and would have been a much better listen. Perhaps the editors should consider an abridged edition.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen los angeles, CA, United States 07-19-12
    Karen los angeles, CA, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2013

    living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!

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    "Tried but could not finish!"

    This was a strange book. It was in diary form where all the action takes place in someone else's life as the narrator figures out a mystery in his own extremely desultory way. There was no danger or suspense and I had to put it down. I'm sure this author has written better books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 07-05-05
    Cid LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 07-05-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointing"

    An interesting story, but lacking.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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