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Review: The Confession by Jo Spain

The Confession

This week, my schedule includes sitting on flights for 12+ hours–so, guaranteed time to catch up on my to-read list! I’m sure many new NetGalley users make this same mistake…but I may have requesting way too many books at once, and now have a queue of 10 books screaming out for feedback! Thankfully, I can knock The Confession by Jo Spain off that list!

The Confession has already been released in Britain and Ireland, but American readers will have to wait until September 11th to grab a copy! Within the first few pages, readers will witness a violent attack and find out who committed it…by the mystery revolves around why? With a split-narrative, the novel follows Julie, whose husband was violently attacked, and JP, the attacker who walks into a police station to quickly confess, as we discover what motivated the attack and what Julie is hiding about her marriage and her husband.

Spain helps build a love-hate relationships with the two central characters; at times, I empathized with both of them, but in the end, I wasn’t particularly rooting for anyone to come out on top. However, I still needed to know what happened–I even finished reading this in only one day! Ultimately, when I did get to the ending, I almost felt unsatisfied–but not because of Spain’s writing–but because I wasn’t connected with either character and wasn’t remotely invested in either’s future–whatever turmoil that may include. I appreciate the deviation from the standard victim vs. villain dichotomy, but maybe this fell slightly flat? I enjoyed reading The Confession, and would recommend to those looking for a quick, easy suspense novel–but ultimately, I won’t be including it on any Top 10 lists anytime soon…

cw// The Confession strongly references alcoholism, sexual assault and domestic violence.  

Rating: 3/5

Best binged with: …maybe just a tall, drink of water given how alcoholism plays into the storyline. 

[I received a digital, advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.]

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