• Publication date: 11 Jan 2018
• Publisher: Quercus
Thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my ARC copy.
Praise for The Confession
I can’t praise The Confession enough. Brilliant writing, great story . . . a really cracking read – BA Paris
A dizzying tale of lives falling apart that has you addicted from the very first page. I found it impossible to put down, so desperate was I to get to the truth – Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend
Enthralling – Spain dissects her characters’ secrets with razor-sharp precision – JP Delaney
A clever and unusual premise . . . punchy and energetic . . . a brilliant hook and rapid-fire ride – Irish Independent
Brilliantly crafted . . . each piece of the puzzle is gradually put together and keeps you gripped until the end – Prima
A clever novel . . . gradually exposing a chilling history of dysfunctional families – Sunday Times
A scathing overview of the Celtic Tiger years . . . [a] vivid portrait of a fascinating monster – Irish Times
Here is my confession: I’ve never read Jo Spain before but now I’ll be buying all of her books. The Confession is brutal and brilliant – Fiona Cummins
The Confession is jaw-dropping. Clever. Addictive. Beautifully drawn characters. Masterful storytelling – Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks
Loved it! Fabulous characters, superbly written, twists, turns & ends with a punch – Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake
An absolute cracker of a book, compulsive, deviously plotted and intense – I will be recommending this to everyone – Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner
Jo Spain is such a talent. The Confession had me in its thrall from the first page, revealing the dark side of the Celtic Tiger – Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
I loved this twisty slice of domestic noir – Claire McGowan, author of Blood Tide
An intriguing Rubik’s Cube of a book that kept me turning the pages to get to the truth. So well plotted and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it – Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver
My Thoughts & Review
If this year’s book releases get any more exciting, I’m going to be worn out at the end of it. Just as I catch my breath from other cracking January releases, along comes this scorcher of a book.
Set in Ireland right at the peak of the Celtic Tiger, when there was a massive amount of money to be made from the boom in Ireland’s economy.
Right from the beginning of this book, we know who the murderer is because he confesses to the crime at a police station, while covered in the blood of his victim. His name was J P Carney, but why he did it, or what his state of mind was at the time isn’t clear at the beginning. Intrigued? You will be!
The victim, Harry McNamara was a wealthy, high profile successful businessman and banker, who that day had walked free from court after being cleared of fraudulent activities concerning his bank’s affairs and dealings.
He and his wife were just settling down for the evening with a relaxing glass of red, in quiet celebration of his victory when an apparent stranger walked in through an unlocked back door and launched a violent assault on Harry.
The story alternates between accounts leading up to the event from the victim’s wife Julie McNamara, the murderer himself and the detective investigating the assault Alice Moody.
Early on, there’s a palpable feeling that something isn’t quite right. Who is believable here? What is the truth?
Very cleverly revealed by the author, bit by bit, the whole story emerges. The truth left me blindsided, lopsided and completely up (or was it down?) the wrong garden path. It wasn’t what I expected at all.
I have to say that I really liked the character of Alice Moody and the interaction between her and other police officers. I hope we see other books with her as the investigating officer.
An excellent read and a real page turner. Loved the thrilling ride it took me on! Now I’m off for a long lie-down…..
About The Author
Jo Spain has worked as a party advisor on the economy in the Irish parliament. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and went on to be a top-ten bestseller in Ireland. Joanne lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.