Book Review: The Confession by Jo Spain

Image result for the confession jo spainThe Confession by Jo Spain
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Quercus
Pages: 400 pages
Source: NetGalley

Description from GoodReads: “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?”

This book opens up on the murder of Harry McNamara and the arrest of JP Carney. The Confession was a mystery where you already know WHO did it, but you’re about to know WHY.  I love a tragic back-story! 

This book pulled me in and I did not come up for air until I was finished.  I literally read this almost completely in one sitting.  The characters and their intensely human traits for better or for worse really made me love this book.  You may not love the characters, but you understood them by the end. 

I loved this book and plan to read all of Jo Spain’s books because I loved her writing style! 

You need this book if you like mysteries that really explore the “why” behind a mystery.  Recommend for fans of Jo Nesbo – I don’t exactly know why but the writing style and characterization reminded me of him.

Entertainment Value: 5
Characters: 5
Voice: 5
Plot: 5
Overall: 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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