The Confession by John Grisham [Review]

Posted 31 October, 2010 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

The ConfessionThe Confession by John Grisham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An innocent man is days from execution. Only a guilty man can save him.

It’s been awhile since I read this book, but I wanted to make sure I got a review in on this one. I remarked to someone earlier today that I’d put this book in my list of most enjoyed of 2010. Grisham includes a high level of detail, specifically when he’s talking about the physical illness of his main character, Travis Boyette.

It seems that good old Travis just can’t seem to let an innocent young black football stud die for a crime that he says he committed. And while that’s all well and good, no one believes that Travis committed the crime. The local PD thinks they’ve got their man, and they’re about to execute him.

Enter Kansas minister Keith Schroeder, to whom Boyette makes his confession. Now it’s on his shoulders to see that Donte` Drumm doesn’t die for a crime that he didn’t commit. Grisham weaves a tale in which there is a concerted “beat-the-clock” effort which had me biting my nails and flipping pages with earnest.

I’m a diehard Grisham fan and have read just about everything that he’s written in the legal genre. While some have been weak, most have been entertaining. In my personal opinion, The Confession reads to me now like The Firm read to me way back when. Some call this book weak, and I just don’t agree. As much as a legal thriller can be suspenseful, this book held my attention with every word.

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