Absolutely compelling! My review of "The Confession" by Robert Whitlow @HCCFaith

The Confession, Robert Whitlow

Holt Douglas loves nothing more than using his job as a prosecutor to bring criminals to justice, especially when many of his cases are based on a confession the criminal has made. His interesting job and his relationship with the beautiful Angelina have caused him to almost forget the dark secrets lurking in his own past. But when he stumbles upon a file about the suspicious death of the town's wealthiest businessmen, Holt's decision to re-open the cold case has far reaching consequences he couldn't have expected. As Holt and deputy sheriff Trish Carmichael hunt down the truth of the man's death, Holt comes face to face with the guilt from his past. He must decide whether to confess his own actions, while racing to prove a crime that others are determined to keep covered at all costs.

"The Confession" strikes a wonderful balance between being a character-driven plot with one that is chock full of action and drama that keeps the pages turning. I absolutely loved meeting the characters in this novel, and Trish in particular reminded me of a character from my favourite series from Whitlow, the "Tides of Truth" series. I think what I love most about these characters is that they certainly aren't perfect, that from the Christian to the non-Christian, all struggle with sins of various kinds. Yet Whitlow provides a beautiful and clear presentation of how to confess our sins and put our trust in Jesus, in an absolutely natural way that adds to the story Whitlow celebrates the wonder of bringing past sins to light and finding freedom in the arms of Jesus and in confession to people God has placed in our lives for just such a purpose. It becomes clear from reading the novel that holding onto past secrets about our errors simply traps us in emotional pain and stops us from becoming who God has designed us to be. The best part is that although Whitlow deals with such a serious subject matter as this, the story is completely entertaining and I simply couldn't put it down! The legal scenes clearly reflect Whitlow's own experience as a lawyer, while the mystery surrounding the businessman's death made for absorbing reading.

All in all, this latest book from Robert Whitlow celebrates all I've come to enjoy in his novels - great characters, a plot threaded with legal elements, and a few surprises thrown in along the way. I highly recommended this compelling book, and I plan to read it again! 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this unbiased review.

About the author...

Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. Twitter: @whitlowwriter Facebook: robertwhitlowbooks