Friday, January 6, 2012

The Confession.

I'm linking up with Heather today for Book Club Friday!  

I am a huge John Grisham fan (duh, I'm a lawyer...).  So, on my flights to/from Dallas a few weeks ago, I read The Confession.  Here's the synopsis:

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. 

Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. 

But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

I both loved and hated this book.  It was Grisham, so of course it was great.  But, I got so angry frustrated reading the accounts of the police misconduct in this book.  And then the judicial misconduct make me even more livid annoyed.  I realize this is a fiction book.  But I know that stuff like this happens in real life, and it makes me so sad.  And then reading the account of this boy on death row for years made me a blubbering mess.

But the story was so enthralling.  Once I got into it about halfway, it was all but impossible to put down.  I HIGHLY recommend this book-- it was an eye-opener even for me.


  1. 1. I love your new blog design! I can't remember if I told you that before.

    2. I think this book would have made me mad too! But it does sound like a page turner.

  2. I used to love John Grishman when I was like in 6th grade! Loved the Firm, the Client, etc. Havent read one in a while, but might try this one!

  3. Can you believe that I have never read a John Grisham book? And I'm from Oxford. I need to get on it.

  4. Every time I watch one of my crime shows, I'm like "I wonder if this is how it really happens? I should ask Katie." hehehe...

  5. I LOVED this book, it took me 2 days to read it only because I had to sleep. The misconduct made me mad, as well, but thankfully its fiction!

  6. My mother keeps telling me that I need to read a Grisham book, but I'm usually so tired of reading cases that a law book is the last thing I should unwind with. haha. Maybe someday I'll get around to it! I'm glad you like him though. Maybe you should recommend your favorite and I'll try it this summer?

  7. Stupid, evil police. When is Obama going to just outlaw the police?

    I'm with ya...

  8. I read this a few months ago and felt the same- blubbering MESS when the end came and what I knew SHOULD happen just didn't. But on the other hand, I suppose it is kind of nice not to have a fairytale ending sometimes!