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The Confession

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  668 ratings  ·  165 reviews

The sensational new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.

One winter's afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange drea

Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published September 19th 2019 by Picador
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Jessie Burton's latest offering is an intimate, intelligent exploration of the complexity of women's lives and the depth nature of relationships in a narrative that goes back and forth in time as the lives of the three central protagonists are laid bare. In the 1980s, a young, beautiful and naive Elise Morceau meets the much older Constance Holden on Hampstead Heath. She falls for the confident and charismatic Constance, a writer whose novel is being turned into a big Hollywood movie, and follow ...more
Emer (A Little Haze)
The Confession is such a powerful novel. Not only does it have an incredible plot and interesting story...
But the women.
These three main characters of Elise, Connie and Rose...
I am floored!
These women are so incredibly authentic. They are each so unique and so vital. Their stories are incredibly relatable to any reader. They speak to the spiritual autonomy of women. These women each in their own ways are on the same path, that of learning to trust yourself first and foremost.
I was glued to this. At over 400 pages, it's not quite a 'read it in one sitting' book, but I tore through it within a day. (Lovers of reading cliches will be delighted to hear I actually burned something I was cooking on the hob because I couldn't tear myself away from it.) The Confession is utterly engrossing; it took me on an emotional journey; at the end, I was sorry to leave its characters behind – but I also felt entirely satisfied with the endings they were given.

It's about two women: E
Louise Wilson
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose Simmons has a dead end job and a relationship that's floundering. She's never k own her mother, Elise Morceau s she had disappeared when Rose was just a baby. He father gives her a book and tells Rose that the author knew her mother and might have some knowledge about what had happened to her. Intrigued, Rose secures herself as a companion to the now famous author, Constance Holden. Rose changes her name to "Laura Brown". She is desperate to find answers and she hope that Constance will hel ...more
Abbie | ab_reads
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Thank you so much @picadorbooks for my free copy of Jessie Burton’s The Confession! Once again I was spellbound by Burton’s masterful storytelling, this time focusing on books, what it means to be a mother and plenty of secrets.
Burton makes great use of the dual narrative in this one, jumping back and forth through time between the 80s and 2017/18. Usually I tend to prefer one narrative and find myself speeding through the other to get back to my favourite, but that wasn’t
Aug 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
how am i just hearing about this now? i feel very out of the loop, people!
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely superb book which is so well written. This story is told from the perspectives of Elise, Connie and Rosie and goes backwards and forwards fluidly from 1980-83 and 2017. Elise and Connie meet in London in 1980 and begin a relationship which is a very deep one. Elise believes that Connie ‘lured her in’ but thinks she doesn’t give her as much back as she gives to Connie. Connie can be silent and dismissive, perhaps partly due to age difference (Elise is much younger) and partl ...more
Emily B
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to netgalley, the author and the publishers for an advanced copy of this book.

I’ve read another book by the author and found this one very different. So don’t expect it to be similar.

I really enjoyed the characters, and felt my feelings towards them change all the time.
Yes some parts weren’t as interesting as others and it’s not a short book but the story is an interesting one without being too complicated.

The ending was a little frustrating as I like clear answers
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the most emotionally engaging book I’ve read for a long time, chock full with strong female characters, not all particularly likeable, told in parallel timelines between the 1980s and the present day. I did like Rose and hoped throughout that she would come through and find resolution to her lifelong yearning for her mother. (view spoiler) ...more
♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
Not entirely sure what I think right now.... definitely a well written evocative story, one that I will be thinking about as my day progresses.

Review thoughts and rating to come later today

Advance copy kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley *
Anna Luce
★★★✰✰ 2.5 stars (rounded up to 3)

Although The Confession had a very promising start...I think I liked the book's cover more than its actual contents.

“It came smoothly to me, this loosening the threads of my own identity, weaving a new one. How had it become this easy to let go of myself, to pour words and fantasy into these gaping holes?”

The premise of The Confession is one that has been done time and again. A young-ish woman forms a bond with an older woman, the latter is often famous (she can be an actress like in The Seve/>start...I
Caroline Middleton
I feel really icky about this book.

The things I liked: the writing is absolutely gorgeous, very distinctive and evocative. Burton has a visual writing style that showcases her drama background and I loved how easy it was to read. She also writes very convincing characters - it felt real.

The things I didn’t: the characters are not likeable at all and the bad choices they made really triggered me because Burton is THAT GOOD with creating characters, but also, I wasn’t rooting for any
Anna Maria Boland
This book! Read it. Read everything Jessie Burton writes.
This book is beautiful and heartbreaking and full of hope. But it’s the writing that makes this story amazing. I don’t know how Jessie Burton does it, but in every book her writing fits exactly the story and the characters. I was reading this book very slowly just to be able to enjoy it longer. I want to bath in her writing, I want to learn how to write like this. I want to keep reading Jessie Burton’s stories and let her writing fil
Pauliina (The Bookaholic Dreamer)
Dear glorious, eternally powerful ARC Gods, I pray thee to descend an ARC of The Confession upon me. I would forever cherish it, and no one loved the Miniaturist more than I. I would tattoo this bunny on my body if you would rather have a serious token of my devotion.

I requested this ARC from Netgalley because I had read the author's two previous adult novels - The Miniaturist (which I enjoyed) and The Muse (which I loved).

Like her previous novels, this is written skilfully, but in a way that seems effortless. Burton's prose is often beautiful and her observations are spot-on. Themes such as family, friendship, decisions, mistakes, consequences and responsibility are handled well, with sympathy and understanding.

The pacing is generall
Aug 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. God. How did I not know this is coming out next month?! I loved The Muse and this basically sounds like its gonna be at least equally amazing I can‘t wait!!
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Published 24 September 2019. Received unsolicited copy for review on 5 September 2019 from Allie Schotte - Pan Macmillan Australia.
Helen White
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose has been looking for her missing mother all her life. Her life feels incomplete or permanently on hold. When her father gives her a clue - the name of an author who was the last person to see her mother she decides to insert herself in this authors life to find traces of her mother.

Elise is a young woman in live with Connie a successful author. She will follow Connie anywhere - even to L.A when Connie's book becomes a Hollywood film. Life starts to unravel though for Elise and her lack of
Ruth Brookes
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morally questionable, complex, flawed characters and a story of selfhood, female autonomy, desire, loss and finding the truth of oneself. Richly descriptive, perceptive & full of ambiguity, this is very much a Jessie Burton novel. I didn’t completely love it, but there were points which really resonated & left me with lots to ponder. Beautiful writing.
Aug 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i still can't stop thinking about The Muse and it's been more than a year since i read it. You don't even know how excited i'm for this, it looks so good and i can't believe i'm only now finding out that this is coming out THIS SOON.
If your favoured reading material is a novel with a good sprinkling of secrets, motherhood, love, loss, friendship and a search for identity, then feel free to read Jessie Burton's latest offering - The Confession.

The novel was told from the perspectives of Elise and her daughter Rose. The settings are 1980 – 1983 and the present. With a whole cast of characters bursting with fascinating backstories that I really wanted to see more of and even though parts of the novel were quite slow-moving, I
Laura Newsholme
This was a really hard book for me to review because I recognise the quality of the story and the writing, but I just really didn't enjoy it. It tells the story of Rose, a 30 something woman in a bit of a life rut, who undertakes a search for her mother who left when she was a baby. This search takes her into the house of Connie, a reclusive novelist with a haunted past. Firstly, the good points. This is a very well constructed book. Told in duel perspectives, we follow Rose in the present day a ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's something about Jessie Burton's writing that so thoroughly enchants and enthralls me; the way she writes about the human experience pins down something I can't really describe. THE CONFESSION weaves together a past and present narrative and explores the idea of friendships, relationships, motherhood and womanhood. I also truly loved this book for its refusal to fit the tropes of so many contemporary narratives (though a lot of them have a huge amount of merit) and I wanted to pick it up ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rose never knew her mother but when her father tells her that she was once involved with reclusive novelist Connie, she steps onto a path that will change her life forever. In the early 1980s, Elise meets Connie on Hampstead Heath and her life alters thanks to her lover's successful writing career. This was about love and loss, about motherhood and society's expectations of women's roles.
Lesley Moseley
Found this quite a slog. SOOOO sick of these alternating timelines, and the way it all just petered out. Very dissapointing as I LOVED her first and, only a bit less, her secong. Very 'paint by numbers', all ended up khaki.
Claire O'Sullivan
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I really enjoyed this. A great portrayal of motherhood in its many guises. Jessie Burton is a great story teller.
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I finished reading this last night – OMG!!!

This is such a sublime read full of emotional intelligence and elegant prose – I just wanted to highlight paragraphs and paragraphs – because of the skilled use of language AND because of the many astute revelations about life’s journey.

The narrative is engaging; a bit of mystery, a lot of coming of age, of learning to love oneself and live in the moment not the future, about acceptance, family, identity… this book has so much to
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those books that leaves you feeling like you’re missing something when it ends. Glorious, technicolour, epic and emotional storytelling.
Nicki Markus
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Confession was an interesting read. In some ways, it wasn't quite what I expected, as it is rather different from The Miniaturist. However, once I accepted that, I came to enjoy the story and the characters. The book is perfectly paced, and Burton's prose is a pleasure to read. Nonetheless, while undoubtedly a well-crafted story, it never completely hooked me in the way The Miniaturist did. I enjoyed it, but I didn't fall in love with it. That said, I do not consider that a fault with the bo ...more
Megan Jones
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise ...more
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Jessie Burton studied at Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she appeared in productions of The House of Bernarda Alba, Othello, Play and Macbeth. In April 2013 her first novel, The Miniaturist, was sold at an 11-publisher auction at the London Book Fair, and went on to sell in 29 other countries around the world. It was published by Picador in the UK and Holland in ...more
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