The Confession by Jo Spain

The Confession

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know the identity of his victim. With a man as n...

Details The Confession

TitleThe Confession
Release DateJan 11th, 2018
GenreFiction, Mystery, Crime, Thriller

Reviews The Confession

  • Paromjit
    Jo Spain writes a dark and twisted psychological thriller that is truly compelling and gripping. It gives us a picture of Ireland with its growth as a Celtic Tiger, built on shifting and corrupt sands leading to an economic and banking collapse, a state that bailed out the banks whilst ordinary people paid the price. One such banker/financier is disgraced Harry McNamara, acquitted of financial fraud in 2012. Harry and his wife, Julie, are watchin...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: It's the first spray of my husband's blood hitting the television screen that will haunt me in the weeks to come - a perfect diagonal splash, each droplet descending like a vivid red tear.That and the sound of his skull cracking as the blows from the golf club rain down. THE BLURB: Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Har...
  • Sam Quixote
    Julie’s seemingly idyllic life is shattered one night when a stranger walks into her home and beats her banker husband near to death in front of her. He whispers something into his ear before giving himself up to the police and confessing to the assault – whydunit?Jo Spain’s The Confession is a fairly decent crime/mystery novel. It has an uneven story that’s quite well-written and even occasionally compelling! However large parts of it ar...
  • Louise Wilson
    A man walks into the home of a disgraced banker and his wife, Julie. The man launches an unspeakable attack on Harry as a horror struck Julie watches., frozen with fear. The attacker then hands himself into the police. He claims he did not know the identity of his victim but the Detectives can not help wondering if this really was a random attack of violence.Jo Spain certainly knows how to pull you in and have you engrossed in the book from the f...
  • Liz Barnsley
    So moving on in the “Ones to Watch in 2018” feature we have Jo Spain’s “The Confession” her first psychological thriller and with any luck for us readers, not her last.I am used to this type of book by now, I enjoy the majority that I read but these days I look for those that do something different or something special. I wouldn’t say that The Confession necessarily has a whole new hook in to the psychological thriller genre but what ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    If you really want to read this book, then do it. I'm in the minority when it comes to my opinion of this book. Personally, I had a hard time getting into the book and I grew more and more frustrated with both the story and the characters. I skimmed half the book just to get to the twist in the story, but they left me cold. I think that one of the reasons for me to not liking the book is that I just didn't give a damn about the characters and rea...
  • Christine
    The Confession is a psychological thriller coming from Jo Spain, in January 2018. It is an Irish tale of marital disharmony, dysfunctional families and murder.The story follows three individuals; the banker, his spouse and his murderer. We also hear from the investigating officer on the murder case, the very tenacious Alice Moody. The banker is Harry McNamara, a man who made a packet from wheeling and dealing before the economic down-turn. Harry ...
  • Paul
    The Confession – A Psychological Thriller at its BestWhat excites me about Jo Spain’s writing is that she is not afraid to try something new to keep the reader on their toes, compelling you to read on. The Confession is another ground- breaking thrilling from Jo Spain that will keep you enthralled from beginning to the end. Once you start reading the book becomes compulsive, and you will become totally enveloped within the plot which is so in...
  • Sarah
    As soon as I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it. It sounded to good to miss and I wasn’t wrong.The beginning and ending has to be the best parts of the book. Don’t get me wrong the rest is good to but it’s very rare that the very first page of a book leaves me reeling and desperate to carry on reading, but The Confession does just that.I was as desperate as Julie and the police as to why a stranger would just walk int...
  • Amy
    It’s getting harder and harder to find a book with something original, a uniqueness that sets it apart from its counterparts, but I had a feeling after reading the description of The Confession that this would provide something new. Holy smokes was I right!!Right from the first page you understand that you’re reading something exciting, a brutal crime has been committed and the perpetrator is no secret, so where’s the mystery? In the why, t...
  • Mandy White
    Well... that was full on! What a beginning and that ending as well.... speechless really.!I can't believe I had this book for so long before I read it... started it this afternoon and between Australian Open matches I have just finished it. NetGalley tells me that publication date in Jan 25th but I saw this at the shops this morning.Reading this book you know who the murderer is.. which I am not used to. What you don't know is why. The story goes...
  • Tracy Fenton
    5/5 - I need to find new words for GRIPPING because I don't think "Gripping" does this book justice - The Confession by Jo Spain was not only gripping it was "riveting, thrilling, unputdownable and overall captivating throughout."  (Thank you Google for your help!).We start the book with a vicious attack on a man in front of his wife by a complete stranger - or do we?  We then begin the tense journey to find out who is this random attacker, why...
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    I read The Confession fairly quickly. Its an Irish psychological thriller with a highly divisive set of characters. I found myself compelled to read the book at every opportunity, and its definitely an interesting read. It covers some of the financial history that we have lived through as well which you’ll appreciate (maybe wrong choice of word, but you know what I mean!) if you’re Irish like me!
  • Charlotte Annelise
    This book is a thriller told in the perspectives of three characters. There is the wife, the attacker of the wife's husband, and the detective. It was great to see the points of view of all of these characters and what their motives/thoughts etc were. Everything comes together in an interesting way. Nothing was overly overwhelming or shocking, but there was something realistic about the events. A lot of the story also feels like a contemporary, a...
  • Karen
    This is the first book I’ve actually read by Jo Spain although I have been collecting her DI Tom Reynolds series and I shall be making even more effort to get to those sooner rather than later.“It’s the first spray of my husband’s blood hitting the television screen that will haunt me in the weeks to come – a perfect diagonal splash, each droplet descending like a vivid red tear.That, and the sound of his skull cracking as the blows fro...
    This story hits the ground running, pulling you in with a horrifically shocking and savage attack on Harry McNamara, a disgraced banker, whilst his wife Julie looks on, frozen to the spot. Only an hour has passed and the attacker, JP Carney, has already handed himself in to the police, confessing to his crime. He insists it was merely a random attack, that he did not know the identity of his infamous victim. Investigating officer, DS Alice Moody ...
  • Nicki
    Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced Banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie.The man starts bashing Harry`s skull in with a golf club while Julie watches frozen by fear.An hour later the attacker JP Carney has handed himself into the police.He admits that he attacked Harry but insists that the attack was premeditated and he had no idea of the identity of his victim.With a man as notorious as Harry,was this attack reall...
  • Kate
    This whydunnit rather than whodunnit is next to impossible to put down. One of the strongest psychological thrillers I've read with the added bonus of sections spent with a very enjoyable and likeable police team - Sgt. Alice is quite a favourite of mine.
  • Heidi
    A man walks into the house of a wealthy businessman and brutally beats him to death in front of his wife. He then hands himself over to police and confesses to the crime, claiming it was a random act of violence. Seems straight forward enough. We now have a crime and a killer. So why are DC Alice Moody’s alarm bells ringing that there is more to the story than it first seems?The Confession is a thriller written in reverse – we know from the s...
  • Thebooktrail
    I first discovered Jo Spain’s heartbreaking read “With Our Blessing” about the child orphanages in Ireland and that really stayed in my mind so I was keen to read her first foray into the world of psychological thrillers. It’s set in Ireland although place and setting aren’t the draw - it’s the insides of people’s homes and heads which really drags you in.Well, blow me down, if she hasn’t gone and totally made that genre her new h...
  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    This is one of them novels that has ALL the hype and it is totally and utterly deserved! As you read the novel your opinions on the individual characters change with every chapter! At times you loathe them and at times you have so much empathy for their plights! I didn’t know if I was coming or going, with regards to the characters, but they are so engrossing, they read right up until the very last page………….The novel opens with the scen...
  • Trev Twinem
    What a superb tightly plotted story that kept me reading from page 1 right to the smartly executed conclusion. JP(John Paul) Carney enters the home of rich Dublin socialites Harry McNamara and his beautiful wife Julie. In one insane moment he attacks Harry and bludgeons him to death with a golf club whereupon he immediately surrenders himself to the custody of the local garda siochana. What on the surface appears to be an open and shut case is a ...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on If you value your sleep, beware... The Confession is very likely to keep you up all night thinking "just one more page". I couldn't put it down! However this will be a no-spoiler review, so don't worry!Though there are many books with a similar theme, The Confession feels a little different because you know who has attacked Harry from very near the beginning of the novel, but you don't know why - and why he h...
  • Leona
    Oh my word I don’t think my review could possibly do this book the justice it deserves . It wasn’t good it was simply amazing. Right from the very first sentence I was totally gripped . This book is a tense psychological thriller that will have you in a total head spin, right up to the very last word in the book . It will definitely be in my top 10 reads of 2018. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. This review is based entir...
  • Joanne Robertson
    Another book from my TBR pile that I couldn’t wait to get into was this one, The Confession by Jo Spain. Having seen some wonderful early reviews this was one of my most anticipated reads over Christmas and it definitely lived up to expectations for me! What a brilliantly twisted and atmospheric psychological thriller! Classy and disturbing, this is a book everyone should be reading and talking about!It was the tagline that attracted me to this...
  • Laura Rash
    A very complicated story of alcoholism, abuse, control & murder. This lagged for me & I felt myself wishing it would speed up & get to the point.
  • Latkins
    This standalone thriller from an Irish author is a real treat – well-written, with memorable and believable characters, and a tense mystery. It begins in 2012, as Julie McNamara watches in horror as her husband, Harry, is brutally bludgeoned in their own front room by a stranger who walked in off the street. Harry is a millionaire banker who has just been cleared of fraud, so he has a lot of enemies. But the man who nearly killed him, JP Carney...
  • Joanna Park
    The Confession is a book that has been getting  lot of hype on social media and, I’m always slightly nervous about starting books like that.  There’s always the worry that I won’t enjoy  it as much as everyone else and will spend my days explaining why I don’t like it to fellow confused book lovers.  With The Confession I needn’t have worried as I am pleased to re port it is a fantastic and addictive read that truly deserves the hyp...
  • Roman Clodia
    3.5 An uneven book structured around the now-typical multiple narratives - two were interesting, that of JP wasn't, and I found myself skimming here. Julie's 'confession' is a voyeuristic story of a sassy girl who spirals down into her banker husband's morally-bankrupt world. The denouement is hard to swallow (view spoiler)[ as she demands her husband run over a young woman to prove he loves her - um, really? (hide spoiler)], and left me unsatisf...