Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Last night I read Deception by Denise Mina, reviews of which originally brought me to the author's works. The book begins with the conviction of a psychiatrist of murdering her patient, a man who had confessed to being a serial killer and with whom she may or may not have been in love. It is narrated by the doctor's husband, who uncovers his wife's secrets while searching her office for material for an appeal. The husband is rather vain and shallow but Mina keeps the twists coming and the reader guessing so you don't have time to get too annoyed at him. We see his wife only through his eyes and the various documents and articles the husband finds, and he isn't the most reliable of narrators, so she remains a mystery until the end. What the husband finds however, might not be the truth and we ultimately are left uncertain of what really happened and the true motives of those involved. This was a quick read, intense and fast-moving, and I enjoyed it a lot, but I think I prefer her earlier trilogy because the characters were more appealing and I liked the black humor in them.

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