When the prologue of a book has you in tears, you know you’re in big trouble. This is exactly what happened to me when I opened Confess. Colleen has a way of sucking you in from page one and not letting go until the final word, when she has effectively ripped your heart out. This story, as with all of her work, was totally unique. She took common themes of love, loss, determination and forgiveness and turns them in to an original thought-provoking masterpiece.
Owen and Auburn are both lost souls and when their worlds collide, things get very messy. Auburn has one goal in her life, and Owen could be directly responsible for her not being able to achieve that. I loved Auburn. She suffered a huge tragedy at such a young age, yet was somehow she was able to put one foot in front of the other and move on with her life. Owen is a fantastic character. He is a moody artist, but his intentions are so good and so pure. Life just has a way of preventing him from doing the right thing. The connection between Auburn and Owen is so intense that you can feel the heat coming off the pages. Their want and need to be together is only overshadowed by how screwed up each of their lives are.
“I’m scared I’ll never feel this again with anyone else,” I whisper.
He squeezes my hands. “I’m scared you will.”
The way that Colleen unfolds this story is great. There are so many layers, and things are revealed at just the right moment. There are also several different sub stories going on at the same time that come together perfectly. While I was frustrated, and feeling impatient, I knew that the payoff would be worth it in the end. The writing is stellar, and the small moments that could otherwise be glossed over, are some of the best moments in the book. True example of the buildup to the kiss being more important than the actual act. The concept of the real life confessions really added something wonderful to the story. Some of them were more heartbreaking than Owen and Auburn’s story.
5 stars and a bottle of tequila for this one! Enjoy!
Purchase link – Confess: A Novel
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