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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 preme
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published January 11th 2018 by Quercus
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Paromjit
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jo Spain writes a dark and twisted psychological thriller that is truly compelling and gripping. It gives us a picture of Ireland with its growth as a Celtic Tiger, built on shifting and corrupt sands leading to an economic and banking collapse, a state that bailed out the banks whilst ordinary people paid the price. One such banker/financier is disgraced Harry McNamara, acquitted of financial fraud in 2012. Harry and his wife, Julie, are watching TV, thinking they have got away with it, when a ...more
Kaceey
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be prepared! The prologue is going to leave you speechless and horrified!
OK...You’ve been warned!

This book takes an unusual approach, in that the end result is exposed in the first chapter. You just have no idea how you got there.
Harry is a financial tycoon. Bank owner. And for a man like Harry, money and power are as vital to him as the air he breathes.
After he’s tried and acquitted of financial fraud, Harry and his wife firmly believe their problems are now conveniently behind them. Uh-uh!
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: It's the first spray of my husband's blood hitting the television screen that will haunt me in the weeks to come - a perfect diagonal splash, each droplet descending like a vivid red tear.

That and the sound of his skull cracking as the blows from the golf club rain down.

THE BLURB: 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 fea
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sue
Well.....
What just happened here today?
I read this. Yes I read this in one sitting not doing much else, it’s gripping story that hauls you in by the scruff of your neck.

It starts with an appalling event, a murder. Julie’s husband lies dead after a blood curdling graphic attack. I dare you not to imagine it as his wife looks on and witnesses it.

At the beginning we know just what’s is happening. You find out who did it.
Yes no guessing. We are told.
But we aren’t told why until the last page.

The liv
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Dem
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Compelling and Dark with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested. An Irish Crime Novel which I really enjoyed.

My first Jo Spain novel and I really enjoyed this well plotted and dark thriller/ mystery style novel.
The opening chapter really catches the readers attention and this was a book that kept me entertained and intrigued over the sunny bank holiday weekend.

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launc
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Michelle
Well, I most certainly need to thank my Goodreads pal Krystin @ (Here's The Fucking Twist) for her very entertaining review of this novel. She managed to lower my expectations and I ended up enjoying this a lot more than she did. So, thanks, Krystin! :)

(I would have posted a link to her review but the Goodreads "Formatting tips" are nearly impossible for me to figure out. Me not so smart. Ha!)

This is a "Why Did He Do It?" book and I have to say that the more I read the more I needed to know th
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Nazanin
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery, 2018
3 Stars

Julie and Harry were in their house, watching a movie when the stranger walked into their living room, swung the golf club at Harry and beat him! But then one hour later the stranger came to the police station and handed himself in! But he claimed he doesn't know this couple, he just snapped (because of what they had and he didn't have)! And the thing is the police couldn’t find anything that links Harry to the stranger! So is the stranger telling the truth? He really doesn’t know the vic
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Lou
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Confession by Jo Spain is a rip roaring psychological thriller with a very unique and original premise - you find out who did it on the first page and on the last page you find out why, the rest of the plot in between focuses on the unravelling of what actually happened and surrounding circumstances. It is SO difficult to find thrillers with wholly new ideas and a storyline that sets them apart from the rest but this really manages to do that. There are just so many blurbs I read that could ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So moving on in the “Ones to Watch in 2018” feature we have Jo Spain’s “The Confession” her first psychological thriller and with any luck for us readers, not her last.

I am used to this type of book by now, I enjoy the majority that I read but these days I look for those that do something different or something special. I wouldn’t say that The Confession necessarily has a whole new hook in to the psychological thriller genre but what I WOULD say is it has that X-Factor, that indescribable someth
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Sam Quixote
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Julie’s seemingly idyllic life is shattered one night when a stranger walks into her home and beats her banker husband near to death in front of her. He whispers something into his ear before giving himself up to the police and confessing to the assault – whydunit?

Jo Spain’s The Confession is a fairly decent crime/mystery novel. It has an uneven story that’s quite well-written and even occasionally compelling! However large parts of it are uninteresting and feel superfluous while the ending is a
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Matt
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jo Spain, and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

This is my first venture into the writing of Jo Spain and it will surely not be my last! Spain offers a well-developed novel that mixes the thrill of a mystery with the intrigue of a multi-voiced narrative that seeks to explore an act of extreme violence. While Harry and Julie McNamara are watching televisi
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Louise Wilson
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A man walks into the home of a disgraced banker and his wife, Julie. The man launches an unspeakable attack on Harry as a horror struck Julie watches., frozen with fear. The attacker then hands himself into the police. He claims he did not know the identity of his victim but the Detectives can not help wondering if this really was a random attack of violence.

Jo Spain certainly knows how to pull you in and have you engrossed in the book from the first few pages. The characters in the book are not
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Gary
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had this book sitting on my kindle for sometime before I got round to reading it but was well worth waiting for.
JP Carney walks into the home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie and unleashes a brutal attack on Harry leaving his wife to witness the horror. Carney then proceeds to hand himself in to the police and 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. The police are left wond
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Krystin Rachel
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“That was us at the beginning of our fairytale. But here’s the thing about fairytales. Sometimes they’re darker than you can ever imagine.”

Opening Hook: As shocking as a golf club to the head
Main Character: I won't be RSVPing to the pity party
Plot Twisty-ness: I guess anything can be called a thriller these days

I don’t think I’ve ever read a “thriller” this unimpressive before. And by that I mean, it’s like the author wasn’t even trying. For real, this was slowwwwwwww
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Julie (JuJu)
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 ⭐’s! A suspenseful thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go! WOW...Jo Spain is fantastic at keeping the twists and turns coming.

We find out who the attacker is at the start of the book, but it isn’t until the end that we find out the reason behind it.

Late one night, a stranger walks into the home of banker—Harry McNamara—and his wife—Julie. He brutally attacks Harry with a golf club, while his wife watches...frozen by fear.

JP Carney walks into a police station and confesses
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2018
If you really want to read this book, then do it. I'm in the minority when it comes to my opinion of this book. Personally, I had a hard time getting into the book and I grew more and more frustrated with both the story and the characters. I skimmed half the book just to get to the twist in the story, but they left me cold. I think that one of the reasons for me to not liking the book is that I just didn't give a damn about the characters and reading about their past, JP (the attacker) tragic up ...more
Amy
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs
It’s getting harder and harder to find a book with something original, a uniqueness that sets it apart from its counterparts, but I had a feeling after reading the description of The Confession that this would provide something new. Holy smokes was I right!!

Right from the first page you understand that you’re reading something exciting, a brutal crime has been committed and the perpetrator is no secret, so where’s the mystery? In the why, the actions that led up to this brutal attack and Spain r
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Rachel Hall
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Given that The Confession opens with a man walking into the home of disgraced banker, Harry McNamara, beating him to a pulp in front of his wife, Julie, and subsequently handing himself into the nearest garda station this stand-alone psychological thriller is firmly intended as a “whydunnit”, concerned with the motives of the killer rather than any need to establish their identity. With McNamara having done much to exacerbate Ireland’s economic boom and mass investment as the head of HM
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Sarah
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
As soon as I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it. It sounded to good to miss and I wasn’t wrong.

The beginning and ending has to be the best parts of the book. Don’t get me wrong the rest is good to but it’s very rare that the very first page of a book leaves me reeling and desperate to carry on reading, but The Confession does just that.

I was as desperate as Julie and the police as to why a stranger would just walk into someones home and brutally murder someone when they se
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Mandy White
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Well... that was full on! What a beginning and that ending as well.... speechless really.!

I can't believe I had this book for so long before I read it... started it this afternoon and between Australian Open matches I have just finished it. NetGalley tells me that publication date in Jan 25th but I saw this at the shops this morning.

Reading this book you know who the murderer is.. which I am not used to. What you don't know is why. The story goes back in the lives of the main characters.. Harry
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Christine
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The Confession is a psychological thriller coming from Jo Spain, in January 2018. It is an Irish tale of marital disharmony, dysfunctional families and murder.

The story follows three individuals; the banker, his spouse and his murderer. We also hear from the investigating officer on the murder case, the very tenacious Alice Moody. The banker is Harry McNamara, a man who made a packet from wheeling and dealing before the economic down-turn. Harry is the kind of man, who escapes fraud charges and
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Paul
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Confession – A Psychological Thriller at its Best

What excites me about Jo Spain’s writing is that she is not afraid to try something new to keep the reader on their toes, compelling you to read on. The Confession is another ground- breaking thrilling from Jo Spain that will keep you enthralled from beginning to the end. Once you start reading the book becomes compulsive, and you will become totally enveloped within the plot which is so intense.

What sets this thriller apart from others, is th
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Tracy Fenton
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5/5 - I need to find new words for GRIPPING because I don't think "Gripping" does this book justice - The Confession by Jo Spain was not only gripping it was "riveting, thrilling, unputdownable and overall captivating throughout."  (Thank you Google for your help!).

We start the book with a vicious attack on a man in front of his wife by a complete stranger - or do we?  We then begin the tense journey to find out who is this random attacker, why did he attack Harry and then turn himself in to the
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Charlotte Annelise
This book is a thriller told in the perspectives of three characters. There is the wife, the attacker of the wife's husband, and the detective. It was great to see the points of view of all of these characters and what their motives/thoughts etc were.

Everything comes together in an interesting way. Nothing was overly overwhelming or shocking, but there was something realistic about the events. A lot of the story also feels like a contemporary, and for that I was not overly horrified by anything
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Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I read The Confession fairly quickly. Its an Irish psychological thriller with a highly divisive set of characters. I found myself compelled to read the book at every opportunity, and its definitely an interesting read. It covers some of the financial history that we have lived through as well which you’ll appreciate (maybe wrong choice of word, but you know what I mean!) if you’re Irish like me!
Karen
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve actually read by Jo Spain although I have been collecting her DI Tom Reynolds series and I shall be making even more effort to get to those sooner rather than later.

“It’s the first spray of my husband’s blood hitting the television screen that will haunt me in the weeks to come – a perfect diagonal splash, each droplet descending like a vivid red tear.

That, and the sound of his skull cracking as the blows from the golf club rain down”

With an opening first line like th
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Nicki
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced Banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie.The man starts bashing Harry`s skull in with a golf club while Julie watches frozen by fear.

An hour later the attacker JP Carney has handed himself into the police.He admits that he attacked Harry but insists that the attack was premeditated and he had no idea of the identity of his victim.With a man as notorious as Harry,was this attack really just a random act of violence or is it linked to
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BIBLIOMANIAC MJ
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This story hits the ground running, pulling you in with a horrifically shocking and savage attack on Harry McNamara, a disgraced banker, whilst his wife Julie looks on, frozen to the spot. Only an hour has passed and the attacker, JP Carney, has already handed himself in to the police, confessing to his crime. He insists it was merely a random attack, that he did not know the identity of his infamous victim. Investigating officer, DS Alice Moody is not convinced of his story. Was this merely a r ...more
Heidi
A man walks into the house of a wealthy businessman and brutally beats him to death in front of his wife. He then hands himself over to police and confesses to the crime, claiming it was a random act of violence. Seems straight forward enough. We now have a crime and a killer. So why are DC Alice Moody’s alarm bells ringing that there is more to the story than it first seems?

The Confession is a thriller written in reverse – we know from the start who the killer is, but the question is: why? Spai
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Jo 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 her first standalone thriller, was a number one bestseller and translated all over the world.
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