Review published on January 23, 2018.
What excites me about Jo Spain’s writing is that she is not afraid to try something new to keep the reader on their toes, compelling you to read on. The Confession is another ground-breaking thriller that will keep you enthralled from beginning to the end. Once you start reading the book becomes compulsive, and you will become totally enveloped within the plot, which is so intense.
What sets this thriller apart from others, is that you know who the murderer is from the beginning. What makes this book tick is the way you are left trying to work out the motives for the murder, which will have you questioning yourself and what you have read. This is a psychological thriller at its best, questioning the three main characters and what were the actual reasons behind the murder.
Harry McNamara is a disgraced Irish banker who fuelled the Celtic Tiger economy on falsehoods, gambles and none of his money. He is beaten to death in front of his wife in their living room by a man with a golf club. The killer whispers something in Harry’s ear and then disappears, while Julie McNamara just sits shocked in her chair. The murderer then goes and hands himself in to the police and confesses to the murder.
DS Alice Moody is assigned the case, she finds that them man confessing to the murder of Harry McNamara, JP, is a loner with no links to his victim. Other than confess to the murder he says nothing to the police other than to get himself placed in a mental health facility as it has been agreed he has had some form of psychotic event.
What makes this thriller so twisted is the way we see the story behind each character and what built up to that fatal night. The reason for the attack, and why McNamara was the victim and why JP is so happy to sit on in a mental health facility.
The Confession will keep you gripped from beginning to end. You will love this book and want to recommend it to all you know.
Paul Diggett 5/5
The Confession by Jo Spain
Quercus 9781786488367 hbk Jan 2018
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