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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2004 Denise Mina (P)2004 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"It's voice, not event, that grabs hold of the reader and won't let go. Lachlan Harriott immerses us in his obsessions; like Nabokov's Humbert Humbert, he repels and commands sympathy in the same instant. He is a charming, comic, intelligent narrator....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)
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By Julie Campbell on 03-13-05

Realistic and riveting

It's funny that those stories that are predictable are the most unrealistic. You find you know what the characters are going to do, not because you would do the same in their place, but because you know what this type of character does in this type of situation. Denise Mina has written a good story with a believable twist AND her characters act like real people. The husband goes back and forth between I trust her/I don't trust her, she did it/she couldn't have done it. The reader is superb with no jarringly false voices. I look forward to more books from Ms. Mina.

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By Marian on 12-28-04

Good surprise ending

Although this book was a bit slow-moving in the middle, the ending was worth the wait and the character development was, in retrospect, excellent. I really enjoyed the narrator's brogue; he truly brought Lachlan Harriott alive!

This book would have merited 5 stars had the middle moved faster and had the action not shifted back and forth in time quite as much. I didn't have trouble following the plot, but I can see why other reviewers might well have.

Definitely worth a listen!

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By Mrs. REP on 07-31-12

A really good listen.

I really liked how the truth gradually unfolded in this book and I didn't see what was coming at all.

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By Kirstine on 09-27-10

Engrossing thriller

Right from the start one is sucked into Lachan Harriots claustrophobic and obsessive world as he tries to find evidence to prove that his psychiatrist wife didn't kill one of her patients. The 'patient' being a convicted serial killer upon whom she has allegedly lavished excessive time. The book is Lachan's account of his quest to find the truth with copious extracts from court, police and psychiatric records all of which gives the story an immediacy and real-time quality. The lengthiness of the extracts are a bit too much for an audio book and at times repetitive as one cannot skim this sort of material when listening as one can when reading.
One feels sympathy for Lachan as his life falls apart as one surprise after another is heaped on him. It's not all doom and gloom as the author injects quite a bit of humour through his relationships with other family members who descend on him to 'help' during his wife's trial.
Well worth listening to. The reader is good. I'd advise giving the last hour of so of the book your full attention as the twists and turns reach their full crescendo.

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