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Official Review: The Confession by Debra Ison

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Confession" by Debra Ison.]
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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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I've always been against abusive relationships but murdering the abuser sounds so grave to me. That shouldn't be the best bet. Interesting storyline. Great review.
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Sylvia asks for Matthew's help to kill Ron. Did they succeed? Intriguing story. I am adding it to my want to read shelf. Thanks for your review!
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Wow! I would like to read this book. It seems thrilling. Thanks for an amazing review!
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A sinister plot to eliminate an abusive husband goes a bit south. Would definitely be getting my hands on this book. Great review.
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I see why some elements of this novel are problematic enough for you to influence your judgment despite some intriguing parts of the plot. Thank you for your great review!
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GoodLuck ES wrote: 26 Apr 2021, 01:25 I've always been against abusive relationships but murdering the abuser sounds so grave to me. That shouldn't be the best bet. Interesting storyline. Great review.
There should be a better way; unfortunately, she just couldn't see it. Thanks for the comments!
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Kavita Shah wrote: 26 Apr 2021, 02:58 Sylvia asks for Matthew's help to kill Ron. Did they succeed? Intriguing story. I am adding it to my want to read shelf. Thanks for your review!
I hope you get a chance to read it to find out. :D Thanks for stopping by!
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TheMazeRunner wrote: 26 Apr 2021, 03:13 Wow! I would like to read this book. It seems thrilling. Thanks for an amazing review!
You should read it; I think you would enjoy it. Thanks for reading my review!
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Kennedy NC wrote: 26 Apr 2021, 03:22 A sinister plot to eliminate an abusive husband goes a bit south. Would definitely be getting my hands on this book. Great review.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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NetMassimo wrote: 26 Apr 2021, 04:43 I see why some elements of this novel are problematic enough for you to influence your judgment despite some intriguing parts of the plot. Thank you for your great review!
Thank you for understanding. The plot was definitely intriguing, but the book could use some improvement.
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Both parties signing their confession? Sound like a brilliant idea. This seems like an interesting read. Nice review
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This sounds so interesting! Definitely a new twist on the murder mystery. Thanks for the great review!
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The storyline of this book is amazing and gripping. I would really love to read this book. Your review does the book justice.
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MayorE wrote: 26 Apr 2021, 10:36 Both parties signing their confession? Sound like a brilliant idea. This seems like an interesting read. Nice review
It was until one confession was lost. :lol: I appreciate you taking the time to read my review and comment!
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