The plot was predictable and not thought through, the characters shallow, stupid, and unrealistic! As a brain tumor survivor, I will attest to the fact that if one had a golf-ball-sized malignant tumor "deep inside the brain in between the ears", one would NOT HAVE BEEN CAPABLE of carrying out the deeds attributed to the real killer - no matter how psycho. Also, as a Texan I resent the illusion the author created of 1930's small town "justice" in 1999-2007 Texas. A waste of money but not of time - after I met the "defense" and its entourage, I skipped to the PREDICTABLE killing of the hapless Drum then to the end. The author must have needed a new Mercedes or 10 to have written such garbage!!!
Great book. It is heart-wrenching and unjust but a good story. Grisham is pretty wordy in my opinion but my husband loves his writing style. He goes on for pages about things that could be boiled down to a paragraph (but apparently this is what some people love about him). Overall, I really liked it.
I didn’t read “The Confession,” I lived it. It grabbed me on the first page and never let me go. John Grisham is a superb story teller and in this gripping tale of the death penalty, he exceeds the drama of his previous excellent novels. Although the author has an anti-death penalty perspective, he does not preach to his readers, who are left to form their own judgments. Above all, this is an exciting book to read, peopled with believable and interesting characters, a plot which does not depend on a suspension of belief, and legal intricacies which are all too possible. This audio edition is beautifully done and added a great deal to my enjoyment of the book. The story line and characters are easy to follow aurally
This book is awesome. I've read most of Grisham and like more of his books than not. This one is quite different, however. It gives a fictional look at how screwed up our court system is. Yes, it is about the death penalty and I suspect most who didn't like the book were either pro death penalty or Texans. Too bad - this book lays it all out. This is a topic that needs to be shouted from the roof tops. And Texas IS (right next to FL) notorious for their stand on this issue. It's heavy and there are parts that are hard to listen to. Yet it is very well written and and suspenseful to the very ending.
This was a great story wih many twists and turns. Some that you don't like but make the story intrigiung and artistically unexpected. Great listen and very captivating.
Story was good, keeps you going. Sometimes though it becomes simply unbelievable that there are that many stupid people in the judicial system in Texas! So with that, Mr. Grisham's political views definitely come through in the book.
Scott Sowers is best with the narration portion, however, most of the characters voices he attempts to create are simply irritating to listen too! Overall, worth the credit.
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
Readers will either love or hate this story; there is no middle ground on this. All will enjoy the writing even if not the story. Grisham does another great job of telling a story that draws you in and make you reflect on your position regarding this topic. I think a must read allowing one to reflect on a very heated topic.
I am a huge Grisham fan, and I thought that this was possibly his best ever. Yes, his best ever. It probably helps that I'm anti-death-penalty (at least the way it's applied), but I also found the characters compelling and the storyline gripping. I didn't want to put it down! From the perspective of an entertaining novel, this had everything I want - suspense, great character development, and everything didn't turn out rosy at the end. I also appreciated the reality check about an important issue. I thought Grisham did an absolutely great job of pointing out the issues with the death penalty in states like Texas without sounding like a textbook. And yes, folks, those really ARE the issues. This is not just political posturing. Grisham mentioned Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in Texas for allegedly setting a fire that killed his children. Evidence has since been discovered that casts serious doubt on the claim that the fire was arson at all, let alone set by Willingham. It's a virtual certainty that factually innocent people have been put to death. So thank you, Mr. Grisham, for using your status as a popular author to bring even a little attention to this issue.
Oh, also - I'm an attorney, and I thought that the procedural stuff was just fine.