Deception Lachlan Harriot—ex-doctor, househusband, and father—narrates the tale of his wife, Susie, a forensic psychologist who was recently convicted of murdering both her patient, a serial… Deception Lachlan Harriot—ex-doctor, househusband, and father—narrates the tale of his wife, Susie, a forensic psychologist who was recently convicted of murdering both her patient, a serial… 2004-08-23 Fiction Mystery and Thriller
Book Review

Deception (2004)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 23, 2004; Writer: Denise Mina; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

Lachlan Harriot—ex-doctor, househusband, and father—narrates the tale of his wife, Susie, a forensic psychologist who was recently convicted of murdering both her patient, a serial killer named Andrew Gow, and Gow’s wife Donna. Initially seeking to prove Susie’s innocence, Lachlan combs through her letters, e-mails, and clinical notes to discover layers of (good title) deception. That quality also extends to Lachlan himself, who proves a neurotically unreliable narrator harboring his own furtive obsessions, including sex with the family nanny and (a joke that’s not really a joke) an excessive fondness for marzipan. Deception's Glaswegian novelist Denise Mina—as though feeling liberated from her highly praised yet assiduously downbeat Garnethill trilogy—has written a stand-alone shocker that’s exhilarating in its energetic, witty sordidness.

Originally posted Aug 20, 2004 Published in issue #779-780 Aug 20, 2004 Order article reprints