3 out of 4 stars
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Matthew Brooks was a spoiled, narcissistic dentist who was in danger of losing his business and his home because of an unpleasant divorce and gambling debts. He was shocked when Sylvia, his dental assistant, approached him and informed him that her husband, Ron, had assaulted her for years and lately had started beating their children as well. Because Ron had several policemen friends, they wouldn’t help her. She offered Matthew half of the insurance money if he would kill her husband. After consideration, he encouraged Ron to visit the office for some dental work to implement his plan.
Matthew and Sylvia each possessed signed confessions to ensure one of them didn’t accuse the other if they got caught. Sylvia hid Matthew’s letter in a concealed compartment in an old desk and forgot about it. The desk was given away and then sold. The rush is on to recover the letter before someone else finds it.
In the meantime, Matthew meets Caroline while gambling in Vegas, and they seem to have an instant connection. Because of her, he is turning his life around. However, she possesses a secret of her own that is putting their welfare in danger.
The Confession by Debra Ison is a 380-page mystery with lots of suspense and a dash of romance mixed in. It is written predominantly from Matthew’s third-person point of view. The imaginative plot is descriptive and easy to understand. I appreciate there are only a few mild profanities and no explicit sex scenes. The tale begins promptly with the information about Matthew’s gambling and debt problems and the proposal from his assistant. Then, tension picks up after they come under scrutiny by a detective convinced that they are hiding something. Due to the missing letter and also because of Caroline’s dangerous secret, the suspense continues until the surprise ending.
Although the plot was intriguing, there were a few problems for me. To begin with, I found it a little hard to believe that an addicted gambler, who had spent his life thinking only of himself, could suddenly alter his whole personality after meeting someone. I do believe people can change but not as rapidly as Matthew did. His character could have been fleshed out better to make it more believable. Another issue involved a security guard who was injured after being attacked. Although the police were trying to collect evidence to convict the culprit, who was responsible for several crimes, the security guard and his injuries seemed to have been completely forgotten. In addition to this, too many errors were encountered in the story. The majority of these had to do with missing or misused quotation marks, although there were a few other problems as well.
Because of the previous issues, The Confession receives a rating of three out of four stars. It is recommended for readers who would enjoy an entertaining light mystery/romance. However, they need to be able to overlook the believability concern and the errors to enjoy it. Because I appreciated the plot and thought the story was suspenseful and entertaining, I felt it was worth more than two stars.
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