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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denise Mina Narrator: Simon Vance, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • “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

  • “Glasgow writer Mina has carved a niche for herself writing about very mean Scottish streets and slums and very desperate and depraved characters…As the husband searches both the court tapes and his own memories of his wife and their life together, the reader becomes increasingly aware of discordant notes in the husband’s own psyche. This leaves the reader as anxious as the betrayed husband to figure out how a seemingly happy wife, mother, and psychiatrist could go off the rails so completely.”


  • “Her use of the ‘unreliable narrator’ is masterful. She slowly reveals that all is not as it seems; even self-deception abounds. As Mina peels away the onion, the househusband with tenacious loyalty to his convicted wife has his own questionable agenda. Deception keeps you guessing, yet manages to be much more than a mere whodunit, thanks to Mina’s strong psychological characterizations. These create a story, as it unfolds in the form of the protagonist’s diary.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • “Narrator Richard Matthews provides rich personalities for this provocative, dark mystery. Through Matthews’ capable voice, we experience Lochlan as pitiful and deplorable, yet somehow compelling. Women’s voices are also presented plausibly, and the Scottish and British accents add credibility.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/18/2014

    " Okay, Denise Mina is officially my favorite mystery writer. She reminds me of Ruth Rendell only more direct. This book is superb. I read almost half of it in once sitting. It's all about Deception on every level. Even Mina is decieving us by telling us this is a true story--but then again... Excellent characters, changing of loyalties, creation of mood and emotion, release of information with a totally surprising and satisfying twist near the end. Awe. Some. I. Love. This. Woman! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margery | 2/17/2014

    " eeeuuuuw - creepy - and then an unexpected twist at the end!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jacqueline | 2/14/2014

    " While I normally enjoy Denise Mina, I liked this book less than others I have read, mostly because I didn't find any of the characters likable. Lachlan Harriot's life is falling apart. His wife has just been convicted of murdering recently released serial killer Andrew Gow and his wife. The trial alleged that Dr. Susie Harriot, a previously respected psychiatrist, fell in love with Gow while he was her patient and upon his release, she followed Gow and his new bride to the Highlands to kill them. Lachlan is first convinced of his wife's innocence, and once the trial is over he sets forth going through her records on Gow to try and find the proof that will clear her. Lachlan comes across as spoiled and whiny, and its hard to empathize with him even though his life is in shambles. Susie seems distant and cold, and hasn't treated either Lachlan or their young toddler daughter very well. (actually both of them seem fine with hoisting their parenting duties on the nanny) The ending has an interesting twist, though I don't think it was explained very well and the killer went to some awfully implausible lengths to exact revenge, but then ends up working at a candy counter? Not a bad book, but not one of my favorites by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathleen | 2/11/2014

    " Too dark for my tastes (death of a serial killer) but interesting about the women who marry convicted murderers. A friend recommended it, and this is a murder mystery set in Scotland, but I prefer Kate Atkinson's books. "

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