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
GenreMystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Mystery 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...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    Be prepared! The prologue is going to leave you speechless and horrified!OK...You’ve been warned!This book takes an unusual approach, in that the end result is exposed in the first chapter. You just have no idea how you got there. Harry is a financial tycoon. Bank owner. And for a man like Harry, money and power are as vital to him as the air he breathes. After he’s tried and acquitted of financial fraud, Harry and his wife firmly believe the...
  • 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...
  • sue
    Well.....What just happened here today?I read this. Yes I read this in one sitting not doing much else, it’s gripping story that hauls you in by the scruff of your neck.It starts with an appalling event, a murder. Julie’s husband lies dead after a blood curdling graphic attack. I dare you not to imagine it as his wife looks on and witnesses it.At the beginning we know just what’s is happening. You find out who did it.Yes no guessing. We are...
  • Dem
    Compelling and Dark with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested. An Irish Crime Novel which I really enjoyed.My first Jo Spain novel and I really enjoyed this well plotted and dark thriller/ mystery style novel.The opening chapter really catches the readers attention and this was a book that kept me entertained and intrigued over the sunny bank holiday weekend.Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banke...
  • Michelle
    Well, I most certainly need to thank my Goodreads pal Krystin @ (Here's The Fucking Twist) for her very entertaining review of this novel. She managed to lower my expectations and I ended up enjoying this a lot more than she did. So, thanks, Krystin! :) (I would have posted a link to her review but the Goodreads "Formatting tips" are nearly impossible for me to figure out. Me not so smart. Ha!) This is a "Why Did He Do It?" book and I have to say...
  • Nazanin
    3 StarsJulie and Harry were in their house, watching a movie when the stranger walked into their living room, swung the golf club at Harry and beat him! But then one hour later the stranger came to the police station and handed himself in! But he claimed he doesn't know this couple, he just snapped (because of what they had and he didn't have)! And the thing is the police couldn’t find anything that links Harry to the stranger! So is the strang...
  • Mark
    Firstly, I received this ARC in return for an honest review so thank you to Allen & Unwin and Jo Spain.On the front cover of the book is written, "You find out who did it on the very first page". On the back cover is written, "On the last page you will find out why". Not exactly true as you do find out why several pages from the end but for all intents, these statements are true to the text.What begins with a terrifying scene turns into a taut th...
  • Lou
    The Confession by Jo Spain is a rip roaring psychological thriller with a very unique and original premise - you find out who did it on the first page and on the last page you find out why, the rest of the plot in between focuses on the unravelling of what actually happened and surrounding circumstances. It is SO difficult to find thrillers with wholly new ideas and a storyline that sets them apart from the rest but this really manages to do that...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jo Spain, and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. This is my first venture into the writing of Jo Spain and it will surely not be my last! Spain offers a well-developed novel that mixes the thrill of a mystery with the intrigue of a multi-voiced narrative that seeks to explore an act of extreme violence. Whi...
  • 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...
  • Krystin Rachel
    Book Blog | Bookstagram “That was us at the beginning of our fairytale. But here’s the thing about fairytales. Sometimes they’re darker than you can ever imagine.” Opening Hook: As shocking as a golf club to the headMain Character: I won't be RSVPing to the pity partyPlot Twisty-ness: I guess anything can be called a thriller these daysI don’t think I’ve ever read a “thriller” this unimpressive before. And by that I mean, it’...
  • Gary
    I had this book sitting on my kindle for sometime before I got round to reading it but was well worth waiting for.JP Carney walks into the home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie and unleashes a brutal attack on Harry leaving his wife to witness the horror. Carney then proceeds to hand himself in to the police and confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn't know th...
  • JuJu (Julie)
    4.5 ⭐’s! A suspenseful thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go! WOW...Jo Spain is fantastic at keeping the twists and turns coming.We find out who the attacker is at the start of the book, but it isn’t until the end that we find out the reason behind it. Late one night, a stranger walks into the home of banker—Harry McNamara—and his wife—Julie. He brutally attacks Harry with a golf club, while his wife
  • 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...
  • Rachel Hall
    3.5 starsGiven that The Confession opens with a man walking into the home of disgraced banker, Harry McNamara, beating him to a pulp in front of his wife, Julie, and subsequently handing himself into the nearest garda station this stand-alone psychological thriller is firmly intended as a “whydunnit”, concerned with the motives of the killer rather than any need to establish their identity. With McNamara having done much to exacerbate Ireland...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Sandy
    3.5 stars
  • 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...
  • 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...
    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 ...