This is one of Grisham's best. Besides an exciting story line, one gets an insider's view into political and personal machinations in America's legal system. The storyline is believable, yet incredible at the same time. The frustrations of people trying to save an innocent man and the persistence of two men--one a sleazy lawyer and one a minister who is a stranger to all involved--is riveting.
Where did the author of "The Rainmaker", The Partner" and "The Testament" go? Gresham's recent books including "The Confession" have been lackluster, and painful to listen to. In this book a black man has been convicted and executed for a crime he did not commit. How novel. This premise has been around for so many years and so many books have been written on the subject by advocates against the death penalty that it is now a common-place theme. No Gresham surprises as of old. It is duplicitous, repetitious and contains Hamburger Helper filler. Gresham should have more consideration for his vast amount of fans than to write a book that is so below ordinary, not worthy of the great writer that Gresham used to be. I will just be going back to reread his older books and will not waste any more money on the new trash that is flowing from his pen.
Retired photographer living the good life. Traveling and geting fat.
The story is OK as stories go but only mildly interesting. There are better books on this subject that are more entertaining and have more suspense.
Unfortunately he treated this weighty subject in a rather superficial way. It is a very serious subject that deserves all the publicity and consideration it can get. The reaction of the town people was not believable in this day and age, unfortunately.
Once again John Grisham has written a great book. In this, his third novel focusing on the death penalty the author kept me on the edge of my seat from the opening scene to the final paragraph. I also think Audible should be commended for makeing this available as rapidly as they did. Thank you John Grisham and Audible!
I have been a fan of John Grisham since The Firm and can tell you where I sat for hours unable to put it down. Unfortunately, John Grisham has stopped writing fast paced thrillers and is now writing painful, drawn out novels with far too much minutia. I stopped listening after about 2 hours and wish I would have stopped much sooner...buy this book if you need something to help you fall asleep.
I appreciate Gresham's treatment of a serious subject, as well as the plotline which went beyond the expected conclusion of a happy ending. Justice moves forward in degrees, and there is a heavy price to be paid for it. This story confirmed my own belief that we must rethink the death penalty. Clearly, Gresham did his research. I did have to chuckle at the stereotypical treatment of the minister, and some of his conversations. All in all, Gresham is growing and changing as an author.
In audio books, the narrator is very important. I have done all the Grisham books and very disappointed with the narrator of The Confession, Scott Sowers. His voice just does not do it. He should have used someone like Will Patton, Michael Beck, Scott Brick, Dick Hill or Dennis Boutsikaris. They make the story come alive.
Grisham's new book is an excellent work that I could not stop listening to! The Confession is written in typical Grisham fashion, along the line of A Time to Kill, The Chamber and The Rainmaker. The characters are realistic and the narrator captures the essence of each personality. The plot is both intriguing and maddening. The subject is controversial - an accused murderer less than one week away from execution. When a man walks into a pastor's office and states he is the real killer - the rush to stop the execution and determine if the man is truthful or crazy begins.The twists and turns kept me on edge and I experienced an entire array of emotion from anger to incredulousness to sadness. Anyone who is a John Grisham fan MUST READ The Confession. For those who have never read a Grisham novel, this one will start you on an obsession to read all of his books. If I could have given 10 stars... The Confession would have them all!