Friday, May 27, 2011

Book Review: The Confession

I've mentioned previously that John Grisham is one of my favourite authors, and he retains that title after his latest book, The Confession. Having received it as a birthday present, and the very next day gone on holiday, it was the obvious book to pick up and enjoy while far from the parish. Interestingly, one of the main characters is also a pastor, which provided an additional level of interest.

While some may attend rallies, make eloquent speeches, sign petitions, lobby their representatives, raise money and much more to oppose the death penalty, Grisham does what he does best - writes a book about it. Not just a book, but the book about the death penalty, and how it may be abused.

From the first page of the book, the clock is ticking. An innocent man sits on death row, just four days from his execution. Hundreds of miles away in another state, the murderer kicks off a roller coaster of excitement, tension and suspense as he confesses to this ordinary pastor thrown into an extraordinary situation.

That's about all I can say without ruining the plot, but be sure that there'll be moments of sorrow and humour, plenty of twists, pulse-raising tension, and you'll not want to stop reading in order to discover how it all turns out. Political arguments may not succeed, but you'll certainly think twice about the death penalty when you've read this excellent book.

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