Sunday, August 31, 2014
The Confession - by Robert Whitlow
About the book:
In Holt Douglas's line of work, there's nothing sweeter than a confession of guilt.
Assistant D.A. Holt Douglas makes his living exposing lies and sending criminals to jail in Ashley County, Georgia. His job is always easier when defendants, instead of remaining silent, blame someone else or try to excuse their actions. With a confession in his hand, Holt knows a guilty plea will soon follow.
But lurking in Holt's past is a dark secret that could end his successful career and possibly his relationship with Angelina, his hoped for fiancé.
When Holt reopens a cold case involving the death of the town's wealthiest businessman-allegedly killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest-Holt doesn't believe it was suicide. Instead, he suspects murder.
As he investigates, Holt's own guilt threatens to destroy him and the cause of justice he's sworn to serve. While he knows his own confession could absolve him of his sin, it could cost him his future. Will he survive long enough to uncover the true crime that this small southern town has been hiding?
I enjoyed this story about Holt's journey as he uncovers the truth about the cold case and about himself. This focused more on his daily work and life and weaved details about the cold case throughout until Holt really started to look into it. There was also a lot of time spent on Trish Carmichael, a deputy who tracks down deadbeat dads who aren't paying child support. Her life was a little more interesting, with her determination to see justice for these families and to help Holt with his investigation. She's still grieving the death of her father and her mother's injury by a drunk driver and torn between the guy she's dating and her interest in Holt. The characters were realistic and I liked both of them a lot, but I felt frustrated with some choices Trish made later in the book. Trish's mother was also well done and it was interesting to see how she dealt with being a paraplegic after being very active. I appreciated seeing someone with a disability figure so prominently in the story, especially someone with such a great attitude. I really enjoyed seeing the process of Holt coming to faith and the roles Trish and an Apostolic bishop played in that. The gospel message was laid out clearly, but also unique to Holt's experience as a prosecutor. I also liked that even though Trish was a Christian, she's shown as flawed and has her own issues to deal with. Forgiveness, justice and mercy were important themes in the story and I found it to be more of a relaxing read than a suspenseful one. I would recommend it for fans of legal fiction!
I received this book free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
Check out the book on the publisher's site: http://www.thomasnelson.com/the-confession