ARC Review: Confidence by Denise Mina

Evening All,

Two reviews in one day. Who am I?! That is all I have to say about that.

Book πŸ“–

Thank you to @harvillsecker and @damedenisemina for this copy of Confidence in return for an honest review. Confidence was published on 7th July 2021 and you can get a copy here.

Description πŸ”–

Lisa Lee is a young woman who goes missing from a Scottish seaside town. The internet is in a bit of a frenzy over her story, so Anna and Fin find themselves getting involved in the hunt for her.

They learn that Lisa may not be the quiet, victim that her father thinks she is. Before Lisa went missing, she was filming for her failed YouTube channel. She had joined other UrbExers on a break in to a mansion in France during which they stumbled upon a priceless Roman silver casket. Only one day after Lisa goes missing, the casket is listed in an online auction with a reserve price of fifty million euro.

Anna and Fin find themselves on a chase across Europe, getting themselves mixed up with art smugglers and billionaire con artists.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

I am sad that I have to say that me and this book didn’t hit it off. The reason I’m so disappointed is that I really enjoyed the first book in this series; Conviction and so I was excited to catch up with what Anna and Fin got up to next. What I didn’t like so much about Confidence was that I didn’t feel like I was on an investigation with Anna and Fin. So much of the first book was built around their characters that I had grown to like them both but during this book, I didn’t feel like they were even there.

I loved Anna’s narration in the previous book. I thought she was witty and sharp but vulnerable and relatable. None of that seemed to come through in this book. She was a little bit, dare I say it, boring and dull. It started promising with the whole family being away in the lighthouse, but it tailed off as soon as the podcast plot started to kick in.

I also wasn’t crazy about the mystery/crime that Anna and Fin were recording their podcast about. I found it difficult to follow and most of the time, I was confused about who was who. The ending felt a little over-dramatic when considering everything that had come before it.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–

This isn’t my usual review format, but honestly, I don’t really know what else to say about this book because it didn’t really make me feel a hell of a lot. If there was another Anna and Fin book, I think I’d give it a go in the hope that this second book was a one off. However unfortunately, I couldn’t recommend Confidence. Read Conviction and let that magic stay with you.


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