Alex Morrow is not new to the police force--or to crime--but there is nothing familiar about the call she has just received....
Paddy Meehan is thrilled with her new job: working the police beat at the newspaper....
The only way Paddy can redeem herself in their eyes is to clear Callum's name....
The "trial of the century" in 1950s Glasgow is over. Peter Manuel has been found guilty of a string of murders and is waiting to die by hanging....
Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast....
Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....
Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s....
The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck....
A 90-year-old man is found dead in his bed, smothered with his own pillow. On his desk, the police find newspaper cuttings about a murder case dating from the Second World War....
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke....
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others....
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals....
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening....
Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love has been murdered in America....
Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in....
The hunt for a serial killer unearths an unsolved cold case from over 60 years ago....
Henning Mankell's last novel about an aging man whose quiet, solitary life on an isolated island off the coast of Sweden is turned upside down when his house catches fire....
"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)
It's funny that those stories that are predictable are the most unrealistic. You find you know what the characters are going to do, not because you would do the same in their place, but because you know what this type of character does in this type of situation. Denise Mina has written a good story with a believable twist AND her characters act like real people. The husband goes back and forth between I trust her/I don't trust her, she did it/she couldn't have done it. The reader is superb with no jarringly false voices. I look forward to more books from Ms. Mina.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Although this book was a bit slow-moving in the middle, the ending was worth the wait and the character development was, in retrospect, excellent. I really enjoyed the narrator's brogue; he truly brought Lachlan Harriott alive!
This book would have merited 5 stars had the middle moved faster and had the action not shifted back and forth in time quite as much. I didn't have trouble following the plot, but I can see why other reviewers might well have.
Definitely worth a listen!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
What a fascinating study of human emotion and relationship. I'd read anything by this author, and the narrator was absolutely fantastic. This is one I'm leaving on the iPod so I can go back and get a little fix of Scotland from time to time.
Very highly recommended! Give us more of Mina!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Deception the most enjoyable?
The intricacies of character development. Is this guy a boob? Is this woman an innocent? wha?
What did you like best about this story?
What I liked best was the way it developed. Some might find it slow. I didn't. I found it more and more involving.
Have you listened to any of Richard Matthews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, I haven't, but he was excellent.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
You won't get no High Concept from me!
Any additional comments?
Denise Mina is a great story teller with a real flavor to her stories. Like I said, involving.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
It took me a little while to adjust to the fact that this book would be told in the first person in the form of a journal, but soon I found myself absorbed in this man's dilemma. I started to care how things would turn out for the characters and to wonder about the truth of the murder mystery. Stick with it through the beginning and the story builds. I'll look for other books by this author.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Great story and characters. I could not stop listening to this story. I think this is probably the best buy I have done at audible.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
The story was interesting and everything but it takes ages to get to the good stuff! You spend so much time inside the protagonist jumbled head. If I wasn't the kind of reader who really, really needs to know what happened I'd have quit after the first hour. I'd only recommend this book if you're patient reader who doesn't mind listen to the inner thoughts of the protagonist for hours at a stretch.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
With just a few short and very insightful descriptions Denise Mena can capture a gesture, a mood, even a character. The people and places seem to come alive and be so real. This is more of a psychological thriller, with slow building suspense. The character of the narrator, Lachlan, and his constant ruminating is trying, but his account of his efforts to find the killer(s) is engrossing and enjoyable. Well narrated.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I'd read Fields of Blood by the same author. This book was quite different, but Denise Mina's writing showed her amazing talent for quick caricature. One or two sentences and the characters are alive.
While there is a twist, I wasn't too suprised, and it's not a traditional mystery. Those looking for a procedural will be disappointed. While the main character does gather evidence, he doesn't know what to do with it--so he wonders over it, slowly becoming more depressed, or oppressed, until he reaches a decision as to what he's going to do for himself and his family.
The narration is of good quality, and though the Scottish accent seems a bit overdone in places, it more often adds convincingly to the story. For example, note the main character's nickname, Lachey: the Scots dialect pronunciation is "Lackey."
In all, very enjoyable and looking forward to more unabridged titles by this author!
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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
I really liked how the truth gradually unfolded in this book and I didn't see what was coming at all.
Right from the start one is sucked into Lachan Harriots claustrophobic and obsessive world as he tries to find evidence to prove that his psychiatrist wife didn't kill one of her patients. The 'patient' being a convicted serial killer upon whom she has allegedly lavished excessive time. The book is Lachan's account of his quest to find the truth with copious extracts from court, police and psychiatric records all of which gives the story an immediacy and real-time quality. The lengthiness of the extracts are a bit too much for an audio book and at times repetitive as one cannot skim this sort of material when listening as one can when reading.
One feels sympathy for Lachan as his life falls apart as one surprise after another is heaped on him. It's not all doom and gloom as the author injects quite a bit of humour through his relationships with other family members who descend on him to 'help' during his wife's trial.
Well worth listening to. The reader is good. I'd advise giving the last hour of so of the book your full attention as the twists and turns reach their full crescendo.