The Confession by Jo Spain @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

** advanced copy received via Netgalley **


Author : Jo Spain
Title : The Confession
Pages : 416
Publisher : Quercus
Publication date : January 25, 2018


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.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?


Here’s a refreshing way to tackle a psychological thriller! Never mind wracking your brain about the who, as that’s revealed from the start. It’s the why that will keep you utterly enthralled until the last page. And if you think that ruins half the suspense, you’d be awfully wrong.

Late one night, banker Harry McNamara is the victim of an incredibly brutal attack. Oddly enough, hours later, his attacker Joe simply walks into the police station and confesses although he claims not to know his victim and that the assault wasn’t premeditated. But surely there’s more to the story? Well, yes, of course there is or this would be one short book. But I’m not going to tell you anything about it.

Obviously I’m not in favour of violence but I must admit that I would quite happily have clobbered Harry to pulp myself. I found him to be highly unlikeable and I also had a hard time mustering up any kind of sympathy for his wife, Julie. We do get an incredible insight into a remarkably flawed marriage which I found every bit as compelling as the investigation into the actual attack.

The Confession has a brilliantly executed and well-paced plot. Full of intrigue, it had me absolutely gripped until the end, not having an inkling what the likely outcome would be. Numerous times I thought I had it all figured out when Jo Spain whacked me in the face with another curveball that left me spinning. This is a complex and thoroughly entertaining psychological thriller with a truly satisfying conclusion. I understand this is Jo Spain’s first foray into this genre and that sounds most promising for the future. I look forward to more!

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  9 comments for “The Confession by Jo Spain @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

  1. January 25, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Fab review!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. January 25, 2018 at 11:09 am

    So exciting to meet Jo last night!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 25, 2018 at 11:10 am

    This one intrigues me – I reckon a whydunit can be just as interesting as a whodunit if it’s done well, and all the reviews I’ve seen of this one, including yours, suggest this one is well done. Will my iron willpower hold out??

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  4. January 25, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I really didn’t like Julie and Harry either which felt a bit weird considering they’re the victims :-). I think you liked this one a bit more than I did… don’t get me wrong, I liked it but there was a bit of a lull for me between the amazing start and the brilliant ending of the novel. It also didn’t help that I didn’t like the couple and wasn’t as interested in hearing about their big life as I should have been :-). Great review Dee, you make it look so easy!

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    • January 25, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      I don’t think you’re supposed to like them. But does that make what happened right? Or maybe I’m just overthinking it.

      I make it look easy? Wow! Awesomest compliment ever! 😘

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      • January 25, 2018 at 3:32 pm

        Now you’re making me think about this again as well but it’s one of those dilemmas where there’s no good answer… I guess it doesn’t make it ok but do I really care as much anymore than I did in the beginning, I don’t think so… Yeah it really does, I’m jealous of your reviews and not ashamed to admit it 🙂

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