Thursday 10 November 2022

BLOG TOUR: The Confession - Maureen Myant

A house on a quiet street on the southside of Glasgow. Neat, terraced homes with manicured lawns and pruned trees. Not the sort of place that reeks of decay or where dead bluebottles pile up on a windowsill.

When the police break in, there’s a surprise in store for them. They find Julie Campbell’s decaying body at her desk, her laptop open beside her. She’s a well-liked, respectable woman. On the laptop is a confession – to five murders. There’s one major problem though - only one of the victims she names is actually dead.

DI Mark Nicholson is persuaded by his boss DCI Alex Scrimgeour that the confession is a fantasy, and to drop the case, but Mark senses there’s more to it than meets the eye. As he delves further, the darkest of secrets are revealed, and everyone around him is dragged into a vortex of fear, danger and murder. No one is beyond suspicion as The Confession becomes a murderous reality.

What did I think?

Maureen Myant kept me on the edge of my seat as I greedily devoured The Confession as fast as I possibly could.  I wasn't just hooked from the start, I was hooked from the cover - how can someone who has died confess to future murders?

Julie Campbell is found dead in her home with a written confession that claims she has murdered five people.  The confession is quickly disregarded by the police as the people Julie confesses to killing are still alive...for now.  When the bodies start to mount up, DI Mark Nicholson sees a connection to Julie Campbell's confession but Julie was dead long before the first murder.

It's such a puzzling premise that I was constantly asking myself 'how did she do it?' and it's so very cleverly plotted that I simply couldn't put it down.  Mark is such a flawed character that his story was almost as gripping as the murder storyline.  I really wanted to reach into the book and give him a good shake at times as he seemed intent on flushing his life down the toilet.

Fast-paced, intriguing and compelling, The Confession is a cracking 'how did she do it' that kept my eyes glued to the page from start to finish.  It's well worth reading and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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