This book was so moving. If this is a true representation of the division between races and the judicial system in our country as related to the death penalty, I am ashamed to be an American.
How do I really stand on capital punishment? We often vocalize one way to our friends or the public, but in the deepest reaches of our heart we feel the opposite, or at least we straddle the fence. "The Confession" goes al long way toward knocking us off the fence.
The very best of Grisham!
John Grisham is a gifted writer. I haven't read anything of his in awhile,and I'm glad to have read this. I found it riveting. As many others have said, it was hard to stop listening and hard to listen to while driving because of the emotions he stirred up in me. I did not think that the death penalty arguments were overdone, but if I were a proponent of the death penalty I might think so. The book is about a man wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death and comes from the perspectives of the condemned man, his attorney, a minister who gets caught up in the last days before the scheduled execution and the real killer. Each of them believes that killing an innocent man is wrong. I thought that the story moved very well. The times that I wanted to speed it up were because I wanted to know what was going to happen. It's hard for me to believe that people were bored by it. I would tell anyone that using a credit for this book will be a good investment.
What can I say more than, Grisham rocks! This one really brought me back to his early work and I so loved it!
Excellent depiction of an unfortunately very real possibility and one of society's worst nightmares- wrongful conviction. The scenario in this story probably has happened more than we want to think possible, especially in areas with deep institutional prejudice.
I love John Grisham books, but this one was boring. I wasn't crazy about the narrator either (sorry, Scott). There seemed to be only a few parts, that had you in it's grip, but all in all it just did not do it for me. I will still listen to Grisham books and I have read or listened to mostly all of them, but my all time favorite was The Client.
I was very disappointed in John Grisham's latest book. It's obvious the author is against the death penalty (as also noted in the book "The Chamber"). The recurring comments about specifically Fox News, other references to radio talk shows and cable news indicates that Mr. Grisham is writing a story around his left leaning politics. Sorry but that was a big turn off for me. Instead of telling a story about unlawfully jailed/sentenced victims that undoubtedly do occur, for me, his political tones overshadowed the message.
I've read/listened to every one of Grisham's books and have been, up to this point, a big fan. This will be my last. If I wish to get a dose of Mr. Grisham's political views I can tune into MSNBC, NBC or read the Huffington Post.
Grisham can write a story. There's no doubt about that. But he's lazy. He spends chapters rehashing the same things and going into unnecessary detail about stuff we don't need to know and add nothing to the story. It's also very black and white, a cartoon. And I'm against the death penalty. I wish Grisham could write again like he used to. But that takes effort!
I have read or listened to most of Mr. Grisham's previous works and this one is not worth the effort. It is a blatant diatribe against the death penalty masquerading as a novel. He recycles plots from previous works almost identically and pushes common "hot buttons" involving racial issues to prove his point. I wish I hadn't wasted the time. I'm sure this title brought Mr. Grisham much income but he should be ashamed to publish such dribble.
Listening to this liberal fantasy was indeed an execution,for the listener.I gave it one star ony because I had to.My last Grisham book.