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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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Grand book fair 2012!

Hi my lovely followers 🙂

On Nov 21st, I found out about this amazing book fair called the Grand book fair, from my best friend. I decided to head there on the first day itself and find out more about it myself, before letting you guys in on it 🙂

Oh by the way, am a self-confessed bookworm. I absolutely LOVE books. I do try to attend book fairs a lot as the rates are way too good then!. The Grand book fair started on Nov 22nd and will go on until 1st Dec. I highly recommend you go there. Some of the books are priced at seriously unbeatable prices..

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They have an amazing array of books. Prices start at AED 1, as advertised. Those are mainly books for children. Then there are books for AED 2, AED 5, AED 7, AED 10, AED 20 and so on. As it was the first day, the salespeople were still spending time putting the price stickers on the books. I found an amazing book in the AED 5 section and then found an AED 20 sticker on it. I clarified with the staff and he said, it is indeed AED 5. So tip number 1 : Don’t trust the sticker!. Go with the general pricing in that area or clarify with the staff. I did find many books with AED 40+ prices on it. As I was not planning on buying them, I didn’t try to find out the correct price.

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I spend an hour there. I do have a list of “Want – to – read” books. I did find books by those authors but not the titles I wanted. That was a pretty sad scenario. I asked for a particular book to one of the staff and he basically rummaged through the same pile of books I been going through and finally said that those are the only titles available from that author. So tip number 2: What you see, is what you get!. Take time, go through all areas and just try to find what you want.

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My favorite authors are James Patterson, David Baldacci, Cecelia Ahern, Danielle Steel, John Grisham among others. So I concentrated on those. There are many other well known authors featured. Also, just because everything is priced at amazing rates, I am not one who simply would go on a frenzy, buying everything that my sight falls on. I am very much in control even when I am surrounded by things that I lust for, like books!. So I bought only 3 books. Can you imagine the kind of control I have to have bought only that many!.. Hahaha 😀

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Here are the books I bought :

  1. Along came a spider by James Patterson – Paperback version – 435 pages
  2. Black Market by James Patterson – Paperback version – 400 pages
  3. Hour game by David Baldacci – Paperback version – 721 pages

Now for the price!… I got all of the above for AED 5 each. Oh boy!.. Isn’t that a steal??… I have seen each of these books priced at AED 45+ at other bookstores. If you are more interested in hardcover versions, there are some available (of certain titles only, not all) for AED 10.

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There are many different areas, which cover different topics. Fiction, Children’s books, Health and Fitness, Islamic culture, various kinds of dictionaries etc. The staff are keen to help, with the pricing inquiries. So that is a plus point. Probably because its the very first day, there were only a few customers there. ImageImage

Here is a photo from the outside. Forgive the lighting. It was pretty dark out there. 

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Here is a map to get there.

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I hope you do visit this book fair. Comment below and let me know whether you bought any books or your thoughts on this post and generally on book fairs 🙂

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