Contemporary/Literary · Historical Fiction · Read-Reviewed-2019

The Confession by Jessie Burton. (2019).

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The Confession by Jessie Burton. (2019).

**3.5 out of 5 stars**

In 1980 Elise meets the alluring Constance, quickly falls under her spell and they head to L.A. where Constance’s book is being turned into a movie. Connie thrives on the heat and electricity but Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that devastates her, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever.
Over 30 years later, Rose is seeking answers about her mother who disappeared when she was a baby. She learns that Constance, a reclusive novelist, was the last person to see her mother. Rose is drawn to Constance’s house in search of a confession…

Hmm. I didn’t mind this novel, but I didn’t think it was great. I am clearly in the minority with this opinion as 80% of readers have rated this book 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads (as of November 2019). I guess I found it a tad long (a biggie at over 460 pages) and slow for my liking. Also an ambiguous ending in relation to the main question of a story rarely leaves me satisfied. What I did like is that the characters felt real in that they were all a bit flawed and not perfect, making decisions that maybe weren’t for the best. I actually really liked Rose’s friend Kelly and thought she should have been involved a bit more to freshen up some chapters. The narrative alternates between two timelines, Elise’s & Rose’s, and it does flow pretty smoothly. I would recommend reading if the synopsis interests you.

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