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The Confession by Jo Spain #BlogTour #Review @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

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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 notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal? 

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

Published by Quercus books and available to purchase from the following retailers – Amazon UK | Amazon US 

Huge thanks go to Quercus Books and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the opportunity to read The Confession and be part of the blog tour.


We’re only just starting 2018 and already I have a book that will definitely be in my top reads this year. Can you believe it? Well The Confession WILL be in there, my head is still spinning after reading this a few days ago, what a cracker it is.

From page one The Confession had me totally hooked, gee whizz what a prologue. Talk about chilling, spine tingling and jaw dropping. Yes that’s what we start with in The Confession and I have to recommend you don’t start this late one evening as you really wont want to put it down.

Just from reading the description we know that JP Carney has attacked Harry McNamara, what we don’t know is why. What could possibly be the reason for such a brutal attack and is all as it seems? Well Jo Spain takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride with many twists and turns, I hadn’t a clue who to trust or believe.

Very cleverly written it tells the story not only in the present but we get to hear about the past’s of JP and Julie and Harry McNamara. I have to confess that I did actually feel quite sorry for JP, although he has committed a horrendous crime, things haven’t been easy for him. Harry on the other hand is a despicable man, not nice at all. We really get a feel for the characters throughout the book and one particular character I did like was Alice Moody, she’s a detective investigating the crime and a real down to earth character.

This is a really hard book to review as I really want to tell everyone about it but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Argh don’t you just hate it when that happens, but oh boy this really is a book you must read. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers that are filled with suspense, twists, turns and are total page turners then this is definitely a book for you.


Jo Spain.pngJo Spain is the author of the Inspector Tom Reynolds series. Her first book, top ten bestseller With Our Blessing, was a finalist in the 2015 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller. The Confession is her first standalone thriller.
Jo is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, a former political advisor in the Irish parliament and former vice-chair of InterTrade Ireland business body.
Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four young children. In her spare time (she has four children, there is no spare time really) she likes to read. Her favourite authors include Pierre Lemaitre, Jo Nesbo, Liane Moriarty, Fred Vargas and Louise Penny. She also watches TV detective series and was slightly obsessed with The Bridge, Trapped and The Missing.
Jo thinks up her plots on long runs in the woods. Her husband sleeps with one eye open and all her friends have looked at her strangely since she won her publishing deal.

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