#BookBeginnings Conviction by Denise Mina

Today I’m reading Conviction by Denise Mina for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Conviction* by Denise Mina

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Summary:  Anna McDonald listens to true crime podcasts to distract herself from her personal problems. When she realizes she has a connection to one of the crimes and that she might be able to solve it, the stars align to send her in search of the truth.

First Sentence Prologue:

Just tell the truth. I’ve said that to my own kids. What a ridiculous thing to teach children.


I like that opening. Sentence one. Sentence two. Okay, I know where this is going… Sentence three – bam! The author flips things 180 degrees from expected.

First Sentence Chapter 1:

The day my life exploded started well.


What a hook! So far I like the first person voice.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


The screen blacked out. The narrator, Trina, delivered a trigger warning:  basically, don’t watch this. Don’t watch if you’re too young or old or nervous or squeamish,


Have you ever listened to true crime podcasts? Seems like they are pretty popular. I’ve read two novels (fiction) lately that have true crime podcasts as a central, crucial element.

What do you think? Have you read anything by Denise Mina? Would you continue reading this one?


  1. Mark

    I’m definitely intrigued and would love to see where the book is going to go. The first sentence of chapter one is a hook for sure, although all of these quotes are interesting.

  2. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    I listen to so many True Crime podcasts that this is literally a fear of mine, that I’ll suddenly hear about someone I knew, or somewhere I’ve been! I only really listen to those who don’t try to hype up killers or make it all very shocking, but rather focus on the victims as humans who deserve our attention. I’ll have to look this one up, it sounds like it’s right up my alley! I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. Mareli @ Elza Reads

    Nope, I’ve never listened to a True Crime podcast, but I’m sure it can be really good.

    I love the sound of Conviction and will probably add it to my ever toppling TBR pile now…

    Happy weekend!

    Elza Reads

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    How intriguing! I haven’t read Denise Mina in a long while. I think it is time! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. Tee

    I have noticed so many books recently that feature Pod Casts in some way

    Here is my link:

  6. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    Those excerpts hooked me!

  7. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I love those snippets! I definitely want more! Happy weekend!

    • Roberta

      Thank you to everyone for stopping by. I have missed visiting you all and sharing great books.

  8. Cindy Davis

    I have not listened to true crime podcasts, but have read a couple of true-crime fiction novels and found them interesting. I hope you enjoy this one! Happy reading.

  9. Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews

    I’ve never read this author, but those excerpts are quite intriguing. Sounds great.

  10. Lauren @ Always Me

    Happy reading!

  11. Ashley S.

    Those snippets are so great! I’m instantly pulled in and want to know more. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading! 🙂

  12. HC

    That Chapter 1 first sentence is enough that I’d be in for at least a chapter or three. Been thinking of trying Mina for a bit…this might have pushed me over the edge.

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