Book Review: The Confession by John Grisham

By Ana Downes

In 1998, a man named Travis Boyette abducts and murders a high school cheerleader named Nicole Yarber. He hides her body and watches as judges, police and lawyers sentence the wrong man to death row. Donté Drumm, a high school football star finds himself the main suspect and is convicted with absolutely no evidence but a confession – a confession extracted after hours of mental abuse in an isolated interrogation room, as well as off-record threats from the police. 

9780099545828The story takes place in Texas. By the start of the novel, Donté has been on death row for 9 years. His execution date has been set, and the clock is ticking. Meanwhile, a pastor in Kansas gets a disconcerting visit from a man he doesn’t know. The man comes to make a confession. He states his name – Travis Boyette. Travis claims that he is dying of a brain tumour and would like to save Donté who has been wrongfully convicted for his crime. With less than two days left, the pastor and Travis set off on an impossible journey to stop the execution of Donté Drumm. 

The Confession is a gripping and saddening story that dives into the world of wrongful convictions, shattered dreams, racism, life as an innocent man on death row, and most importantly, the errors and flaws of capital punishment. 

I have been a fan of John Grisham for several years and am always impressed by his writing talent. As a man formerly practicing law, his novels contain a very high level of accuracy and precise details that are unique to a lot of his novels. 

This book is a great read and will make you rethink the justice system and its controversy. I strongly recommend it, especially for law fans.

Rating: 4.5/5