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Publisher's Summary

An innocent man is about to be executed.

Only a guilty man can save him.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.

Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess.

But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

©2010 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2010 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got in the United States these days.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Kelly
  • Colorado Springs
  • 07-17-16

ABRIDGED! Why did I buy Abridged‽?!

I highly recommend that you buy the UNABRIDGED book if you are looking to read this one. I do not know how I mistakenly bought abridged, as I never do so. Having said that, I do not know whether my disappointment in this clunky book are due to the abridgment or to the book itself. I found the story to be predictable and formulaic. I was rarely surprised and never shocked. Nothing startled or scared me. I really couldn't define it as a mystery as I found nothing in it to be mysterious. The characters were one-dimensional, unlikable and didn't feel real.

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  • Virginia
  • Benicia, CA, United States
  • 03-12-12

The Confession

If you could sum up The Confession in three words, what would they be?

Enthralling
Suspenseful
Irresistible

What other book might you compare The Confession to and why?

The Runaway Jury - Grisham
Pop Goes the Weasel - James Patterson

Which character – as performed by Scott Sowers – was your favorite?

The Young Preacher

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the young preacher decided to go against church policy and get involved in finding out where the killer's victims were buried, thus giving closure to the families of the slain.

Any additional comments?

None

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Will put you right to sleep

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make it more compelling.

What could John Grisham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it seem more important.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

Could you see The Confession being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, a Lifetime movie.

Any additional comments?

These stories are usually so upsetting, but I just didn't feel that here. It's been done better by others and there wasn't anything about this story that really spoke to me.

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  • Victoria
  • Belcamp, MD, United States
  • 06-19-11

Great book!!

I thought this was a great book. It was very sad and disheartening but a great job by the author, as usual.