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Summary

The sensational Sunday Times best seller from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse

One winter's afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and quickly falls under her spell. Connie is bold and alluring, a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a major Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and swimming pools and late-night gatherings of glamorous people. But whilst Connie thrives on the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling the truth, Elise finds herself floundering. When she overhears a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change her life forever. 

Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist who withdrew from public life at the peak of her fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie's imposing house in search of a confession.... 

From the million-copy best-selling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, The Confession is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves. 

©2019 Jessie Burton (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Excellent naration but triggering

Hayley Atwell performance is wonderful.
There are some fascinating pieces of prose in this title but it's triggering if you're involuntarily childless, have lost a child or are struggling with infertility.
Had to stop at 80% through because it was becoming too triggering and I was getting stressed and upset.
Others more fortunate in these areas may find it more enjoyable.

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Naval gazing

Nothing like her previous wonderful books.
Generations of women full of angst trying to decide who they are. Self obsessed narcisits. No sympathetic characters. No conclusion.

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not my cup of tea

I didn't really like the characters which made it hard to care what happened to them.

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I loved this.

I loved this book. Beautiful thoughtful prose. Captivating mesmerising characters whose stories and inner worlds will stay in your memory. Something to stop and think about in almost every line.

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Really loved this book

This for me was one of those books I was sad to finish....I loved the characters and wanted to spend more time with them. I highly recommend this book.

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Brilliant!!

I loved everything about this book. The characters will stay with me for a long time. Beautifully read my Hayley Atwell.

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" Dreary and Miserable "

Oh dear... I loved The Miniaturist but this was terrible. Dreary, monotone narration. Characters you don't care about going on and on and nothing at the end of it. Nearly lost the will to live but soldiered on in the hope of "a great reveal". Shouldn't have bothered.

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Fantastic book! Loved the narrator

This book gripped me from the beginning to end! I especially LOVED the narrator. One of the best ones I’ve heard in awhile. She brought the characters to life, and did an excellent job with the different accents. Highly recommended!

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Not predictable

Absolutely loved this book. I couldn’t stop listening. The characters had real depth and although the storyline was not predictable. Would love to follow the characters further.

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hooked!

loved this audio book! I love the different locations and the narrator had great distinctive voices for the different characters! I just would have liked more at the end! highly recommend....another great jessie burton book!!!!

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  • Mariana Teixeira
  • 18-05-21

Brilliant!

Amazing story! This book is such a page turner, so profound, gripping and humane. Also, Hayley Atwell's narration is flawless.

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  • 31-08-20

Intriguing

I truly enjoyed how you get to understand Connie as who she is now before understanding who she was then. It just shows that people really do change over the years and one cannot judge others by who they were in the past. Her character was my favourite.

I am not a mother but I can see how mothers would understand more the emotions that all of the women go through.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-19

This book is incredible!

I love Jessie Burton’s writing and this is my favourite of her books. She just keeps getting better and better. This book made me ache. It made me cry. It made me think. It made me see things in myself I hadn’t seen before. And it’s read so beautifully by Hayley Atwell, too. Simply incredible.