Deception by Denise Mina

Deception by Denise Mina is described as “a masterly psychological web of people on the edge and the devils that lie beneath their apparent respectability.” (Guardian)

I picked up the book in a remainder bin based on the blurb which tells the story of Lachlan Harriot whose pyschiatrist wife, Susie, has just been convicted of the murders of Andrew Gow, recently released serial killer, and his new bride, Donna. Lachlan spends time in his wife’s private office going through her files and trying to piece together evidence for an appeal. He spends a fair amount of time reminiscing about his courtship with Susie, their early married life and the hundreds of ways he believes her to be innocent. He also tries to hold things together for their daughter, Margie, who is not quite two.

The book cranks along at a good pace and the character of Lachlan is well written and sympathetic. I won’t spoil the ending by telling you of the deception of the title- only that it’s slightly more complicated than you imagine it to be when you start reading.

Deception is a smart, well-written and ultimately satisfying thriller.

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