"The Confession" by John Grisham

Book Review About Grisham's Legal Thriller

Confession by John Grisham
Confession by John Grisham. Doubleday

John Grisham's latest novel, The Confession, is a legal thriller with a serious purpose. Grisham focuses on the death penalty system in Texas, telling the story of a young man on death row for a crime he claims he didn't commit and a parolee three states away who confesses to a pastor that he committed that murder.

The Confession follows the mechanics of the death penalty system as the players involved try to sort out justice while the clock ticks down to the time of execution.

The Confession by was published in October 2010 by Doubleday. At 432 pages, the book is a good length and will keep you engaged for a while. 

Overview of The Confession

The Confession is a serious and moving novel, without being predictable or cliched. Donte Drumm is a young black man on death row for the murder of a young woman whose body was never found. Donte claims innocence; meanwhile, a strange man in Kansas tells a pastor that he, in fact, is the murderer. What unfolds next is both tense and plodding. 

John Grisham's latest novel tackles a serious subject matter from an earnest perspective. The book provides plenty of detail on legal technicalities, prison reality, and social issues. 

What gives The Confession an unexpected perspective is that Grisham doesn't focus his novel on the convicted man, his family, or even the man who claims to be the real killer. Instead, the story is told from the point of view of a young pastor from Kansas who is unwittingly drawn into the saga and struggles with the complex implications of his role.

Final Say

Involving high stakes and red tape, The Confession is a riveting story that takes unexpected turns. It's hard to say that the conclusion is satisfying, but that's surely John Grisham's intention. With the brisk pacing and sharp characters that Grisham is known for, ​The Confession is a page-turner as much as his other novels.