464 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Netgalley eARC
Well known for her historical fictions Jessie Burton’s new release The Confession is set in slightly more recent times as we alternate between the 1980s and the late 2010s. I requested this from Netgalley as soon as I spotted the author’s name and got very excited when I got that approval email.
In 1980 author, Constance Holden, has started a relationship with Elise after a chance encounter; two years later the couple are living in LA with Connie writing her second novel while her first is being transformed for the big screen. In 2017 we meet Rosie, who has spent her life searching for more information about her mother has been handed two novels by her dad and told the author once knew her mum well.
This happens at a time when Rosie is in the midst of several personal dilemmas; struggling with long term boyfriend, Joe’s approach to the business he once seemed so keen they set up that she invested most of her life savings into; with her father remarried and now living in France and Joe’s family seemingly keen to find fault in her every move, Rosie desire to find out more about her mother and hopefully as a result herself just strengthens.
Once again Jessie Burton’s beautiful writing had me hooked, with this time less on the plot but the characters, I was completely invested in Rose and her search for information and direction. The Confession focuses on the complication of human relationships, both romantic and friendship; all of the characters were flawed but easy to sympathise with. I think my favourite aspect was the portrayal of so many strong female leads, it’s so refreshing to read a book with a female character at its centre who’s not looking for or driven by a romantic interest.
I picked this up on the last couple of days of our honeymoon in Crete and it was a perfect book to finish on though a bit of me wishes I’d been under a blanket on my sofa. Dare I say the ‘C’ word but this would make an excellent Christmas gift, I’d recommend this to pretty much everyone.
The Confession is due for UK release on 24th September and you can pre-order your copy now (affiliate link). Big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this ahead of release in exchange for an honest review.