Tuesday 24 September 2019

Book Review: The Confession by Jessie Burton (Contemporary Fiction)

Title: The Confession
Author: Jessie Burton
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 24 September 2019
ARC from Publisher


From the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, Jessie Burton's latest novel tells the story of three women and the complex connections they have shared across decades and continents. This is a novel about love, sex, work, motherhood, how we construct our pasts and dream our futures, and the wildly divergent paths our lives can take.

The Confession was an interesting read. In some ways, it wasn't quite what I expected, as it is rather different from The Miniaturist. However, once I accepted that, I came to enjoy the story and the characters. The book is perfectly paced, and Burton's prose is a pleasure to read. Nonetheless, while undoubtedly a well-crafted story, it never completely hooked me in the way The Miniaturist did. I enjoyed it, but I didn't fall in love with it. That said, I do not consider that a fault with the book so much as the simple fact it is not a story I would have picked up had it not been for the author; it's not my favourite genre, so while I liked it and appreciated it as a work of literature, but that was my limit. Therefore I am giving it four stars and would say in conclusion: The Confession is a well-written literary work, but one that didn't completely match my personal tastes. Others who are keen on contemporary women's fiction will doubtless want to give it full marks.

I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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