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Book review : The Confession by John Grisham

Hello y’all!

Here is the review of The Confession by John Grisham:

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Book Summary

The confession Book

Travis Boyette is a murderer. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a local footballer staar with no connection to the crime. Tired, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sent to death row: his fate has been decided.

Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis faces a fate of his own: an inoperable brain tumour will soon deliever the end. Reflecting on his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right. After nine years of silence he is ready to confess.

But how a guilty man convinve lawyers, judges and politicians that they are about to execute an innocent man?.

My review

John Grisham is a master of crime writing. The Confession is an amazingly detailed and well researched suspense thriller. The cover is beautiful. Golden cover with a golden man trapped in the shadow of a running man, shown in black. This story is about a man wrongfully sentenced to death row for someone else’s crime. The cover seems apt for this concept. Atleast that’s how I have interpreted the cover’s meaning.

In the beginning, where each character is introduced to us, I felt the details were almost superfluous. But it wasn’t. Everything is written for a reason. So, though I felt the pace was slow in the beginning, it was actually the setting of the perfect foundation, because what followed was worth reading.

I have mentioned in some of my reviews before that law related jargon bores me. There are no shortage of lawyers, district attorneys, prosecutors and what not, in this book. However, the difference was, it was written in an informative way. I got to know what a man goes through before heading to execution, the protocols and even what the lethal injections do, in the final moments of the convicted man. Off topic, but it helped me understand things more when I watched Prison Break for the second time and an episode of Criminal Minds : Suspect Behaviour (Episode “Death by a Thousand Cuts”), two of my favorite shows!.

The most powerful scene in this book is where a policeman and detective elicit a forced confession out of Donte Drumm, an 18 year old who thought he was going in for routine questioning for the death of his classmate, Nicole Yarber. However, after 15 hours of forcing and threatening, an exhausted Donte confesses. The body of Nicole was not even found. All the police wanted was the case closed even if that meant charging an innocent man. Reading through those pages, I felt tensed as if I was the one being questioned over an over. It was frightening and the thought that many in this world could have suffered in this same way at the hands of corrupt officials, made my head reel..

The possibility of an innocent man getting executed for a crime he didn’t commit, even after he spent almost nine years in jail for it and the sadness his family goes through is heart wrenching. There were many times when I found tears rolling down my cheeks. By the end, I loved the book, grieved a bit, was filled with respect for a lot of characters in the book and ultimately for John Grisham. What a writer!. Just amazed by how he thinks of every single aspect of every situation and covers it in detail so that there are no questions left unanswered.

I highly recommend this book to all crime/suspense lovers. The beginning might make you put down the book couple of times but eventually, it’s worth reading.

My source : I bought a paperback version of The Confession, for AED 28 from Jashanmal Bookstores. It’s 457 pages. Click here to see what other books I have bought recently..

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Naz 🙂

Book tour : Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton and two giveaways!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my stop on the book tour of Lights of Aurora by Theresa McClinton!

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Book title

Lights Of Aurora, book 2 of The Stone Legacy Series

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Book Blurb

After the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Ashley Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the stone of Muuk’Ich while Sarian, the underworld general, relentlessly drives her to the brink of insanity.

As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. Ashley must seize control over her supercharged powers, while dealing with the overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both.

With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Ashley’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—but when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.

Book Excerpt (from Chapter Six)

The sound of Ashley’s scream tore into him. Arwan clenched his fist as scarlet liquid slid down his forearm and dripped from his elbow onto the stone floor. He pumped his hand to encourage the flow of more blood as he knelt, laying his wound over the altar. His shoulders slumped forward as the offering was collected.

He swore he would never go back to his old life. He made an oath to leave that world behind and fight against every soul that dwelled in the shadows—every force responsible for causing pain. Now he was going to break that promise, for her, and he may lose her in the process.

Ashley’s hands clutched his shoulders. “What did you do?” He hung his head as low as he could, wishing he could disappear completely. His honor had been stripped away. Shame hung like a heavy cloud over his soul, mocking the years he spent hiding the truth. It was all for nothing.

His blood filled the cracks of the aged rock. With his other arm wrapped around Ashley’s waist, he pressed his forehead against her belly as if already begging for forgiveness. But there was no time for that now. He had to hold onto her, or she would be lost in the transport.

A burst of wind tore through the cave. Ashley screamed and grabbed onto him as she fought against the blast. Darkness consumed them, snuffing out any light Ashley produced. The thick fog weighed on Arwan’s chest as he felt the core of his being break free.

Until that moment, he’d managed to keep his darkness under control. Now he felt it claw its way out of its dormant state and flush his veins. His vision blurred. Only the warmth of Ashley’s body kept him grounded. He clenched his jaw, huffing breaths through his nose while they were sent to the gate, where worse terror awaited.

The wind died in an instant and slapped Arwan to the cold stone of the isolated cave—the other side of the portal.

The gate to the underworld.

He tried to push to his feet, but he had no strength left to support his effort. The sound of Ashley’s breaths grew louder until her warm hands cradled his cheeks. He opened his eyes, barely able to see past the pain tearing through his muscles.

She grabbed his hand. “Hold on!” Her voice sounded frantic. Warmth seeped into his wrist from her trembling fingers. His wound knitted together, healed by her touch. She rested her hand over his chest. He relaxed his muscles while the heat from her body poured over him.

The darkness inside of him thrashed through his gut and he curled on the floor. Tightening his fists, he had to do something to offset the effects of being so close to the underworld.

He’d managed to keep from changing all these years by staying near the goodness of Riyata, and far from the powers beneath. But crossing through the portal and near the gate meant he had to control his darker half, and quickly—or risk it emerging from inside him.

Ashley’s heat was gone, leaving him frozen on the ground. The chilled air prickled his skin, making it hard to concentrate. He opened his eyes for a split second, just long enough to see Ashley’s expression turn to horror.

She leapt to her feet, and he listened to her footsteps drag over the ground with each backward step. “What just happened, Arwan?” Her screech bounced off the stone walls. “Your eyes are black. Completely black!”

He struggled to sit, concentrating to keep his focus on caging the force within him. He’d nearly forgotten how powerful it was. But he didn’t want her to be afraid of him, and the hope she would still want him had begun to fade beneath her trembling voice.

It took almost everything he had, but finally he was able to see clearly, and he knew his eyes had returned to normal. For now.

He gathered the courage to meet her gaze. When he did, he wished they had never come to this damned place, and he could be with her the way they were before. Before she knew who he really was.

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Click here to see all three books on Amazon

The Stone Guardian

Escaping Darkness

Lights of Aurora

For the duration of the book tour, Escaping Darkness and Lights of Aurora is on sale, priced at only $0.99!!

First Giveaway (Tourwide)

The author, Theresa McClinton, is kindly giving away Amazon giftcards and ebook copies to 7 winners!. Click on the link below to take part in it!. Winners will be announced on the author’s blog and also contacted by email by her.

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Second Giveaway (here on my blog)

On each blog participating in this tour, the author has kindly offered to giveaway an ebook copy of Lights of Aurora to one winner. To enter, please click on the link below :). There are only five easy entries and all of them are optional!. Winner will be contacted by email, by me.

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Author info

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A long time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.

Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. But wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

Coming Soon: 13th Street, Novella 2.5 of The Stone Legacy Series.

Blogs participating in this tour

(Visit each of them and enter their giveaways too to win!)

1. 1/2 Joanne Stewart

2. 1/2 Brinda Berry

3. 1/2 Larkin’s Book Blogger

4. 1/2 Book Briefs

5. 1/3 Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest

6. 1/3 Lilly Gayle Romance

7. 1/3 Marked By Books

8. 1/4 Behind A Million and One Pages

9. 1/4 Renee Entress

10. 1/5 Burgandy Ice

11. 1/5 Addled By Books

12. 1/6 Karen Michelle Nutt

13. 1/6 Pretty In Fiction

14. 1/7 Noelle Clark

15. 1/7 Book Lovers Life

16. 1/7 What’s Beyond Forks

17. 1/8 Naznin Azeez (ME!)

18. 1/9 The Fiction Fairy

19. 1/9 Little Library Muse

20. 1/10 Between Printed Pages

21. 1/12 The Rest Is Till Unwritten

22. 1/13 Laura Diamond

23. 1/13 Crystal Donahue

24. 1/14 Soul Unsung

25. 1/11 AJ Nuest

26. 1/15 Snowdrop Dreams

27. 1/15 Addict Readers

28. 1/16 VVB 32 Reads

Buy links

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Love,

Naz