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The Confession
The Confession
Author: John Grisham
An innocent man is about to be executed.Only a guilty man can save him. — For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn't...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385528047
ISBN-10: 0385528043
Publication Date: 10/26/2010
Pages: 432
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 230 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
Mr. Grisham, you've done it again. I don't think I've enjoyed a book as much as I did the early ones lately, but this one got consumed in two days; no dishes wash, dusting done, dog didn't get walked kind of book. Keith Shroeder is a minister who is visited by Travis Boyette, a serial rapist with an inoperable brain tumor and a crime on his conscience. A man in the great state of Texas is due to be put to death for the crime that's been worrying him. The story is that of Keith and Travis, and Donte, the man set for execution in 48 hours, his lawyer and many interesting minor characters. All come together for a gripping story that teaches the reader about the death penalty, showing how it might go horribly wrong. Will he convince Boyette to confess? Will it matter to the prosecutors? Read it and see. Five stars without a doubt.
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Helpful Score: 2
I have not read John Grisham in a long time since his earlier hits. But the storyline on this one interested me so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did -- this was a VERY GOOD book, very emotional. I think it accurately portrays how pathetic humankind can be in so many ways. I highly recommend!
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I couln't put this book down from page 1. If I didn't have to go to work, I would have read this book in 24 hrs for sure. But since I have to go to work, it took me a week...I could see this becoming a movie in the coming years.

You get to know and love the caracters linda like you were with them living their lives,which I admire in a book. I would read this again and again, its a keeper!!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is another exellent Grisham novel involving a young man on death row, his lawyer who's fighting with all he has to get his client a stay, the felon who is on the loose for other crimes & the young pastor who hears the felon admit he did the crime the young man on death row was convicted of. Add to all this the state of Texas & your have a very realistic & tense drama. What will each of the people involved do? I appreciated the roll of the pastor & his part in the story. I highly recommend this book.
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What a waste of a credit and time! What a disapointment that Grisham uses this novel to stereotype everyone and every thing that Grisham dislikes about actual life.

In the hopes of the phenomena that circulated Dan Brown's novel THE DAVINCI CODE will do the same with THE CONFESSION, Grisham uses this fiction story to promulgate his anti-death penalty campaign, that everyone from Texas is a gun-toting, wreckless idiot; that race relations will always be divided in the South, that the Baptist faith is comprised of nothing but zealots, and that someone else is to blame for a person's wanton behavior.

Capitalizing on his past popularity at having written good fiction, Grisham tarnishes his reputation with this novel, because it is nothing but a soapbox overloaded with every conceivable literary convetion previously written. Grisham's THE INNOCENT MAN was well-written, thought-provoking, and did a much better job of advertising Grisham's anti-death penalty campagin, but then, that was a true story, not one so contrived and forced as is evident in this latest novel.

I have read every one of Grisham's published works as soon as they were released. I am glad that I did not waste my money on this novel, only losing a credit, which I feel I can recover. Where I have never questioned whether I would read Grisham's latest publication, I doubt I will read Grisham's any further works.
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I've enjoyed many of Mr. Grisham's novels, but this one really missed the mark. I appreciate that he was trying to make a point by telling this story, but despite the high stakes for the characters, I had a hard time staying interested. The narrative was slow-moving and none of the characters seemed very round. I finished the book, but I don't think it was a great use of my time. I'd have been better off rereading one of Mr. Grisham's other novels.
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Good Book. Not as good as other by this author but I still enjoyed it
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A great book by Grisham. He has an authentic way of making the reader feel the emotions that the characters are portraying - I felt the hurriedness of the moments as people were trying to save the life of a man on death row, the conflictions of the preacher, etc. I also felt heartbreak for some and disgust for others. Incredible book that makes you consider your thoughts on the justice system and the death penalty. Recommend!


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