Review: The Confession, by Jo Spain @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

Today I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the fantastic book, “The Confession” by Jo Spain. Whilst the hardback was published in January, the paperback version is published today.


About the book:

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

My thoughts:

This is my first time reading this author, and I was very impressed!

The book is written from 3 viewpoints, that of Julie McNamara (the wife of the man who is attacked), JP Carney (the attacker) and DS Alice Moody, who is in charge of investigating what looks like an open and shut case. It opens with the attack on Harry McNamara, then moves back in time to take in the full story of Julie’s life with Harry, and JP’s life with his family. The chapters alternate between Julie and JP, and in between these chapters are updates on the case in the here and now, told by DS Moody.

It’s a very clever plot that twists and turns. Every time you think you know what is happening, it moves in another direction. It’s not a fast paced thriller, but it draws you in. I certainly had trouble putting it down!

The only likeable character in the story is DS Moody, and whilst she does have several chapters, it’s not really long enough to get to know her. She is convinced JP knows more than he says, and is like a dog with a bone trying to get to the bottom of it. Whilst neither JP or Julie are likeable characters, there are several moments where you do feel sorry for them.

I highly recommend this book, and would have no hesitation in giving it 5*.

*I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

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