Monday, August 4, 2014

The Confession by Robert Whitlow

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 fiance.

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?

My review:
   I really enjoyed Robert Whitlow's earlier books. They were legal thrillers in the same vein as John Grisham and Randy Singer. However, he moved away from the more suspenseful types of books and his last several offerings have revolved around lawyers and courtrooms, and lack the suspense of his earlier books. I have been disappointed in the writing style change, but this book sounded like it was more like his earlier books, so I requested it to review.

  I did like the book OK. It had a decent plot and characters, but it didn't turn out to be the legal thriller I was hoping for, so I was disappointed in it somewhat. Also, I didn't like how the one angle turned out romantically, but maybe that is just me.

  The book does have a great lesson and moral about hiding one's sin, and that the Bible verse that warns our sin will be found out is true.

  For people who enjoy a decent story with a bit of mystery, this book would be an enjoyable read. However, if you are expecting a very suspenseful legal thriller like the author used to churn out, you may be a bit disappointed.

About the author:

Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A Furman University graduate, Whitlow 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. A practicing attorney, Whitlow and his wife, Kathy, have four children. They make their home in North Carolina.

The Confession is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the review copy.