Confidence by Denise Mina

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Confidence by Denise Mina

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Category: Thrillers
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: This is the second book in the Anna and Fin series and it is an advantage to have read Conviction as you won't feel quite so adrift with the plot and the characters.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Yes
Pages: 304 Date: July 2022
Publisher: Harvill Secker
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1787301740

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We're back in the world of podcasters Anna and Fin, whom we first met in Conviction. It was Anna who'd organised the 'family' holiday: her ex, Hamish, is now with her best friend, Estelle and her children are living with them. Fin (who was married to Estelle) is there too and it was Anna who invited his girlfriend, Sofia. It's not long before everyone realises that was a bad mistake. Sofia's difficult and with everyone trapped inside their holiday accommodation - a lighthouse, in a storm - she begins talking about Anna's past, including her real name and the rape. This was something which Anna had intended to tell the girls - twelve-tear-old Jess and ten-year-old Lizzie - when the time was right. And this wasn't the right time.

The disappearance of Lisa Lee, urban explorer and YouTuber, was almost a blessing in disguise. Anna remembered that she and Fin had heard from Lisa - she needed to go home to Glasgow and find the correspondence to see if they could help. Even the storm didn't worry her but she was surprised when Fin jumped into the car with her. Anna has left her children and Fin's left Sofia in the lighthouse; neither of them is certain what Sofia might do. Their search for Lisa is going to take them to Rome, Paris and the French countryside and they're going to get involved with some very shady people.

I have a difficulty with this series: I struggle to warm to Anna - and Fin is as substantial as fog, both physically and as a character. It was, though, a good story which progresses at breakneck speed and there are times when you struggle to keep up with what's happening. There's a lot of money and power at stake and you'll never be certain - even on the final page - that it's going to work out as you would want it to. In many ways, it's a book that's about the journey to the ending rather than the destination.

I still prefer Denise Mina as the writer of police procedurals and I'm not entirely certain that I'll want to read further books in this series - there are more engaging series out there - but I would like to thank the publishers for letting Bookbag have a review copy.

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