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The Confession (Fear Street #38)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,067 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Five close friends…one murderer.

All Julie’s friends hated Al. They all wished Al were dead. But that doesn’t mean one of them killed him. Julie knows her friends. She knows they are innocent…

Until one of them confesses.

Julie and her friends promise to keep the killer’s secret. After all, they know he would never kill again.

Or would he?
Paperback, 150 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Simon Pulse (first published 1996)
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Ms. Vigilante
Oct 29, 2014 Ms. Vigilante rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that like horror and mystery.
Recommended to Ms. by: Cristian Hernandez
This is the first book I have read in the Fear Street series. I didn't really know what to expect but this book turned out to be better than I thought. Let me start with horror isn't my favorite genre but RL Stine made it easy to read. The characters seemed pretty realistic and I even didn't care for Al the bully. I did appreciate the mystery and suspense of the murder and what the group of friends where going through was terrible. I am glad I read this book and think I will give the rest of the ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jana by: Cristian Hernandez
I thought this book was awesome. It is my favorite Fear Street book I've read so far. I really loved the ending because there were so many twists. I recommend this book to anyone who likes horror and mystery.

- This is one of the Fear Street books that I think more characterization could have been done with. There was a larger group than I would have liked. I think by narrowing it down, we could have gotten more out of each one.
- I really don't think Al should have been killed. Sure, he was a jerk, but jeez.

- The double surprise ending. Okay, I saw the first one coming. I thought, "Come on, Stine. You can do better than this. But then the second part happened. That was pretty good.
Trevor Wells
Aug 11, 2014 Trevor Wells rated it really liked it
Shelves: fear-street
I just finished The Confession and it was really good. The concept was original, the characters (particularly Julie and Hillary) were very well-developed, and the internal conflict Julie and the other main characters face is very realistic. My main problem is that the book focuses so much on internal conflict that there's barely any real suspense or scares here. Sure, Al's murder is pretty gruesome and there are some tense moments like (view spoiler) ...more
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
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This was an okay book. It definitely isn’t one of the better ones in the series. Especially in regards to the narration. Unlike most of the books that are narrated in third person, there’s some slippage of first person into this book. Perhaps if Julie was a better developed character, this kind of narration would have worked. But as with all of these books, the stories are far too short for those kind of characters.

I was annoyed by Julie constant
Sep 09, 2014 Shawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***Disclaimer, may include events that spoil the story and is mostly opinionated .***

If you like horror and mystery than this book is superman! This book is horror mystery as explained earlier and it combines the two in such a way that it builds up tension. In my opinion this book is awesome for people who like to dive in a new feel of a story.

The story stars out by telling you if a friend has ever told you We have to talk or I have a confession to make and is fallowed by there friend Al being

Poojya B.
Nov 19, 2012 Poojya B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By: R.L Stine

The Confession is a horror mystery book this story takes place on Fear Street, located close to Shadyside High School.  The story occurs in May, the middle of spring.  The neighborhood reminded me of a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business.  The story has the 21st century feel due to the customs and the way the people behave.   Stine did an exquisite job in the area of describing the surroundings.  I felt as if I could hear Al begging for money in Julie’s hou
Sep 21, 2011 706alyssab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
Today I read and finished this amazing book. It only took me about an hour to finish so it was that amazing. I suggest that you all read this spine tingling book!
In this book the main character Julie is faced with a mystery. Who killed her old/ex friend Al? Julie and her group of friends are all suspects. Sandy, Taylor, Hillary, and Vincent. Julie has all the pressure on her after finding Al's dead body with roller-skate laces choking him in an alley on the way home from skating one night.
Al had
Paul Kim
May 11, 2016 Paul Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: r-l-stine
Decent plot- The book certainly has an interesting plot if you imagine in character's shoes so you can understand their motives for why they're hiding the fact that their friend is a murderer. There were some suspense that keeps the book semi-interesting. Note when I say "semi" because...

Not enough action- Aside from a murder, most scares consist of characters looming menacingly or making threats and I don't mind it since it's fitting to the plot but I do wish the book has more actions; it could
Rylan Rosa
The book Fear street The confession is a book written by a author named R.L. Stine. It is an interesting story that I liked so much that made me want to read another book written by this author. This is a horror and realistic fiction book that it surprised me that the friends will protect somebody that has committed murder. This book is about a girl named Julie who she and her friends hated somebody named AI. One of her friends killed him and she and her other friends try to keep the murderers s ...more
This is one that I picked up this past weekend at a thrift store and this is one that I hadn't read when I was a teenager. I'm slowly completing my set of R.L Stine books though.

This was a fairly short book. It centers around a group of friends who start to get harassed and blackmailed by a former friend turned bad. One night he is found strangled to death in an alley way. When the group gathers again out of shock at what happened to their former friend one reveals that it was they that killed h
I have read this book before,this is a fiction book and it has many interesting mysterious moments that interested me on reading it.This book had just what I was looking for,the main character is AI this person was constantly bullying Hillary and her friends,one of those friends decided to take action and kill AI so they wont have to bother their friends anymore.The 3 best friends are Julie,Hillary and Taylor.They all seen suspecious because they all wanted him DEAD and this says alot.
Overall t
Papia aziz
Apr 07, 2010 Papia aziz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book and it was truly awesome! Julie and her best friends hates Al. They all where in one group until Al changed. He bullies,blackmail, and annoys his friends. But one day Julie found Al's body in a dark alley, dead. But who is it? Until one of Julie's friend confess the murder. They made a pact that they will keep it a secret. But Julie's friend dont wont to be his friend becasue he's a murderer. At the end, Sandy wasnt the murderer it was Taylor. Sandy was so nice ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Ray`nee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Stine books. It has horror and comedy in it. My favorite character is Al because of the way Stine describes him saying his nose was like a beak, I keep picturing a huge bird lol My favorite part of the book is when Al is knocking on the door and all of his friends are standing around watching him beat the door in, when they finally open it for him he ask "Why didnt you open the door?" They answer" Uhhhh....we didn't see you..." lol Anyway this book is about 5 friends w ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the book the confession from an amazing author R.L Stine was a really great book.I thought the book was a really great book because of all the drama,confusion,and shocking,all placed into one book and written by one man who is R.L Stine.The book is about friends who were being blacked mail by some person they thought were their friend,but then one day one person of the group of friends decided to shut the person up by killing him in a alley with skates around his neck.You should r ...more
Nov 18, 2007 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror readers
Al was suppose to be friends with Julie, Vincent, Hilary, and Sandy but Al started to change when he was hanging out with the people with bad reputations. Al became a bully. He blackmailed his old friends and caused everybody to hate him. Hate that would be strong enough to murder him.

Al was murdered and the murderer was shockingly Sandy, the nice guy of the gang. The rest of the gang started to be cautious around Sandy and it turns out that it was Taylor, Sandy's girlfriend, who has killed Al.

Ada Gao
Oct 15, 2010 Ada Gao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a boy called Sandy confessing to their friends that he killed someone. After his friends knows that he is a murder, they dont trust him anymore. They became terrified of him, they are scared of what sandy would do to them. At the end Sandy can't take the secret anymore and told one of his friends the real murder. The real murder is Sandy's girlfriend, Taylor. Sandy wanted to protect her so he took the crime. So Sandy and his friends decided to think of a plan to make Taylor c ...more
May 01, 2008 Sammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
This book is about how a group of friends were being blackmailed by Al. Taylor, Sandy, and Julie were Al's friends until Al started hanging out with his crew that turned him into a bully. Al would blackmail his "friends" and find a way to get money. But they got enough of Al. After a while Al was dead. But nobody really knew who killed him although it was somebody in the group. Sandy confessed that he killed Al, but he really didn't. People started being afraid of Sandy and he started getting ma ...more
Greg Bartlett
Mar 06, 2012 Greg Bartlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book because of how easy it was to read. I have always enjoyed R.L. Stine books because of the easy following dialogue that captures the reader. This is a thriller/mystery novel that reveals the danger of wishing something to be true. Julie and all her friends wish that a boy named Al was dead, until he actually ends up dead. Julie assumes that the wish of her and her friends had nothing to do with the death of Al until someone confesses to her that she killed him. A discretion is ...more
Wing Kit
Julie hated Al, who always came around drunk and annoying. Al wasn't like that at first but things have changed. Soon they find out that Al has been murdered. Who did it? It was one of Julie's friends. Knowing this created chaos around each other. They became afraid of one another. Until the real murderer confessed.

I learned that murdering someone makes you feel great guilt and regret no matter how much you hate that person. This book was a good book and had many turning points on who was the m
Watermelon Daisy
May 21, 2011 Watermelon Daisy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The title = Pure awesomeness. Gets my interest immediately.

R.L Stine has a forgettable yet hooking writing style. And he uses the perfect words to create suspense.

It's a very delicate yet surprising plot. Unpredictable, to say the least.

Julie. Oh, I love her. She's an awesome character to have, and her crush on Vincent just makes it a book worthwhile.

A suspense novel which will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Melissa Namba
Jun 03, 2013 Melissa Namba rated it it was ok
Shelves: r-l-stine
OK so this one was not as awful as the first one that I read. I am now officially intrigued by the stylistic changes between the books. I do believe at this point, R.L. Stine had enlisted ghost writers so maybe I will see a trend of very poorly written books and not quite so poorly written. I will have to dig up the earlier books. This book attempts to throw off the reader multiple times and point fingers in multiple directions and it doesn't really work until the end. I guess when the book was ...more
Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
Our library doesn't have many R.L. Stine books, so when I saw this + a few more Fear Street books, I was beyond excited.

Anyway, back to the book. It was very well written! Then again to me, everything R.L. Stine writes is truly amazing. ♥

That twist caught me off guard for sure and the end, I just kinda sat there like "seriously?" haha I could see it all in my head. Awesome 5 stars!
i just finished reading this outstanding book from R.L. Stine and how i see that he made this book was by spoiling the book but he really doesnt he's just trying to trick us to beive that is it but soon it's someone one else that comited the murder. any way this story is about a girl named julie and she found out that her friend Sandy confessed to a murder. and now she's having trouble living her life with the secret.and i do recommend this book to every one.
Oct 13, 2011 Drucilla rated it it was ok
Shelves: fear-street
I would have given this book only one star, but the kids kinda redeemed themselves at the end and the plot is interesting. First off, the characters are hardly likeable. I don't feel bad that they're getting blackmailed. Second, this book feels like a horror movie in that you're yelling at the characters because they're making stupid, unrealistic decisions. Not one of the better Fear Street books.
Risa Maeda
This book was really good!!! I finished this book in under 2 hours. I like how this whole thing plays out into some kind of twisted game that all these friends get sucked into. It's full of backstabbing, lies, and a murder. I think I'm starting to like R.L. Stine's "Fear Street Books" way better then his "Goosebumps" ones. Don't get me wrong... Goosebumps is a good series. Now that I'm older I think the Fear Street books have more appeal to be better the Goosebumps.
Indah Threez Lestari
Moral cerita: jangan sekali-kali mengaku telah membunuh seseorang, apalagi kalau sebenarnya pelakunya orang lain.

Baca buku ini sambil nonton serial tv Dexter, my favorite serial killer of serial killers.

Dexter Code #1: Don't get caught.

Tertangkap saja jangan, apalagi mengaku segala. Heuheu...
Masuma Khan
Jan 10, 2015 Masuma Khan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think The Confession was great. I would give this book 5 stars out of 5. It was really good. This book was about Julie and one of her ex-friends got murdered. The police thought one of them did it because all of them disliked Al. This book got really really good towards the end. The climax was awesome. There were so many twists and turns and then we got to find out the real killer.
Al, god, who likes you! why cant you just disappear! would you ever really want someone to disappear? what if one day they did? Julie and he friends hate him! but not to the point where they would kill him. one days, they find out he has been killed! when they find out who the killer is Julie's promise to not say a thing! can they really keep it in?
Jake Kropik
1.75/5 Stars. I predicted every single plot twist in this book, and the ending was cheesy as hell. I understand this is not meant to be the most quality writing, but it was cringe worthy. I usually enjoy Fear Street books, but the last few I read I have not.
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Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

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