The Confession by Jo Spain (Book Review) @Quercusbooks @SpainJoanne

The Confession by Jo Spain (Book Review)

YOU FIND OUT WHO DID IT ON THE VERY FIRST PAGE.

ON THE LAST PAGE,YOU’LL FIND OUT WHY.

 

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. It looks like Harry’s many sins – corruption, greed, betrayal – have finally caught up with him.

An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled.

Has Carney’s surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game?

THE MOST GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER OF 2018: PERFECT FOR FANS OF HE SAID, SHE SAID AND THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR.

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My Review

A man walks into the lounge of a married couple and brutally attacks Harry McNamara with a golf club. His wife Julie witnesses the whole thing. The attacker then hands himself into the police, still covered in blood.

So right from the beginning we know who committed the crime, the answer that we need to know is why?

This gritty psychological thriller explores the crime from three different angles. Firstly, we have the attacker, JP Carney, then on to the victim’s wife Julie and finally from the perspective of Detective Sargeant Alice Moody.

Most of the characters have unlikeable personalities but they are highly believable and keep the reader guessing who can be trusted. The victim Harry is an affluent banker, charming but highly ambitious and well known in his field. Why would someone want him dead?

Then there is Julie his wife, is she hiding something and why wasn’t she targeted too?

I loved this highly original psychological thriller, the pace and plotline were seamless and thought-provoking. I will be keeping my eye out for more from Jo Spain.

Many thanks to Quercus Books for providing me with a copy of The Confession, which I have reviewed honestly.

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Biography

Jo Spain’s first novel, top ten bestseller With our Blessing, was one of seven finalists in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition 2015. It was named as an Irish Times crime fiction book of the year by Declan Burke. Beneath the Surface (2016) and Sleeping Beauties (2017), the second and third in the DI Tom Reynolds series followed, to further critical acclaim. Her standalone thriller, The Confession, will be released January 2018.

Jo is currently writing for TV.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children. Jo previously worked as a policy advisor in the Irish parliament and as vice-chair of the business body InterTrade Ireland.

Jo’s debut novel is set against a background of the infamous Irish Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Baby homes. The author’s own father was born in one such home in Dublin and the novel’s backdrop was constructed based on the in-depth research she undertook while attempting to trace her family roots.

Her favourite writers include Pierre LeMaitre, Fred Vargas, Louise Penny, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, B.A. Paris, Elizabeth Haynes and Agatha Christie.

‘Enthralling – Spain dissects her characters’ secrets with razor-sharp precision’

JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before

‘I can’t praise The Confession enough. Brilliant writing, great story . . . a really cracking read’

BA Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown

 

 

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