The Confession

The Confession

The sensational new novel from 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 bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this is a luminous, powerful and deeply moving novel about secrets and storytelling, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.

Title:The Confession
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781509886142
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    The Confession Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Jessie Burton's latest offering is an intimate, intelligent exploration of the complexity of women's lives and the depth nature of relationships in a narrative that goes back and forth in time as the ...

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    The Confession is such a powerful novel. Not only does it have an incredible plot and interesting story... But the women. Wow!These three main characters of Elise, Connie and Rose... I am floored!Thes...

  • Blair

    I was glued to this. At over 400 pages, it's not quite a 'read it in one sitting' book, but I tore through it within a day. (Lovers of reading cliches will be delighted to hear I actually burned somet...

  • Louise Wilson

    Rose Simmons has a dead end job and a relationship that's floundering. She's never k own her mother, Elise Morceau s she had disappeared when Rose was just a baby. He father gives her a book and tells...

  • Anna Luce

    2.5 stars (rounded up to 3)Although The Confession had a very promising start...I think I liked the book's cover more than its actual contents. “It came smoothly to me, this loosening the threads o...

  • Abbie | ab_reads

    4.5 stars Thank you so much @picadorbooks for my free copy of Jessie Burton’s The Confession! Once again I was spellbound by Burton’s masterful storytelling, this time focusing on books, what it m...

  • karen

    how am i just hearing about this now? i feel very out of the loop, people!...

  • Amanda

    In 1980 Elsie meets Constance on Hampstead Heath, she is a writer who is older and very charismatic, they begin a meaningful and intense relationship. When Constance takes them to L.A as her book is g...

  • Britta Bhler

    Nope. Not for me. The writing made me cringe, the characters were flimsy and the story was... well, just 'meh'....

  • Ceecee

    This is an absolutely superb book which is so well written. This story is told from the perspectives of Elise, Connie and Rosie and goes backwards and forwards fluidly from 1980-83 and 2017. Elise and...