This was a typically Grisham novel- well composed, well written, but... totally depressing. You'll see...
Grisham has written probably his best book yet, and I have read and loved them all. Basically, he exposes the Texas system of executing criminals, the highest percentage of any other state. An innocent man is in prison, awaiting execution. The real killer shows up and involves a local pastor in his apparent need to save the innocent man and confess that he is the real killer. Many parts of this story are very sensitive. Exposes a lot of corruption in the city government in a small town in Texas. Keep your Kleenex handy.
Well written and kept you interested throughout the book. Could not wait to get back to the story to see what was happening next. The characters were very believable and well scripted.
Whether it is playing football in Italy, painting a house in 1950 era Arkansas or making you wonder where the millions came from in a legal thriller,Grisham has the ability to "pull" you in, and keep hanging on the next word.
The Confession, unabridged, is a powerful and ensightful story that makes us think "What if this happened to me". I recognize this as a much used method in fictional writing but, Grisham has raised it to another level.
I have lived in East Texas all my life and know a lot about the culture and politics of the region. This COULD truly happen; and probably has.
I love John Grisham. Every book is on the same subject but so different everytime. This one was a page turner. I didn't want to get out of the car each day (I listen on the way to work and home each day). Great narration, great story, predictable ending, but still felt complete at the end.
Although I like the topic and many Grisham books, the narrative is relatively slow paced, transparent, and, frankly, annoying. There is a great deal of redundant narrative and am quite disappointed in this work by Grisham.
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