Tuesday, June 18, 2013

{Review} Confession by Richard Freis

ISBN #: 978-0988947412
Page Count: 218
Copyright: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Sartoris Literary Group

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

An intense and engrossing novel of psychological suspense set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - and reminiscent of the darkly tangled familial relationships brought into prominence by Mississippi-born writer Tennessee Williams - Confession features protagonist George Burden, a distinguished attorney who finds himself at a crossroads as he approaches his 55th birthday. From outward appearances, it seems George is living an enviable life. But even with his devoted wife, affluent lifestyle, social prominence, successful career, and beautiful family, George is dogged by the worry that the choices he made were too easy and too safe.

His choice to begin an affair with Becca Talbot is anything but easy - and decidedly unsafe. A young woman who works in his law firm, Becca is a divorcee with a five-year-old son - and younger than George's youngest daughter. But for George, the affair is far more than just physical: he falls deeply in love with Becca.
During one passionate noon encounter at a local hotel, George announces that he wants to leave his wife and asks Becca to marry him - and demystifying the ambiguities of Becca's life. But that quest will lead George down a precarious path.

Lust, jealousy, rage, and envy are on a collision course - and even in the present day, George's past begins to bubble to the surface. When a violent confrontation ensues, George will not only learn the truth about Becca, he will learn the truth about himself. Might some secrets best be kept secret?

Mandy's Review:

Wow. There's crazy and then there's C-R-A-Z-Y. George is the C-R-A-Z-Y type. I don't know if he was going through a mid-life crisis or what, but this man needed to pull himself together and/or get some psychological help.

George has it all: dedicated wife, great children, money, prestige ... and then he screws it all up with a mistress. After hitting it one time, old Georgie-Porgie just couldn't handle the goodness of the cootie coo and went into freak-mode. Becca, to give her some credit, did tell him that she was not looking for anything serious. Apparently George must have thought his dunkin' stick was as good as Becca's velvety softness because he ends up proposing to her and thinking her as madly in love with him as he with her.

When you mess with crazy, honey, that's what you're going to get. Old George gets what is coming to him. I'm not going to tell you what happens but, let me tell you, Ms. Becca isn't as innocent as she appears to be. George can't handle the truth ("YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" ... sorry ... A Few Good Men flashback) and winds up trying to kill himself. Whether he succeeds or not is up to you to find out.

So, basically, if you enjoy something that will mess with your head, then you need to read this book. Needless to say, I rather enjoyed it.

*A paperback copy was provided by the author's publicist in exchange for an honest review.

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