Saturday 14 March 2015

Confess Review

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

My confession is this.  I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book.  That’s not to say that I don’t own any of her books, but you know how it goes, books get swallowed up in the never-ending TBR pile until you’re ready to read them or better yet, they’re ready for you to read them. 

I knew nothing about Confess when I picked it up to read although I do remember Colleen asking her Facebook followers for confessions at some point.  As it turns out, she used them in the book (presumably with permission) which sort of makes you as the reader feel a bit like a voyeur as it goes.   I didn’t know any of this before I started reading though, and I hadn’t even read the synopsis, I just decided I liked the pretty colours on the cover.  Don’t worry, I’m not THAT superficial.  The potential behind the title also intrigued me, and to be honest, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  Colleen Hoover is kind of a big deal in the publishing world, and especially with bloggers.  I was a little afraid that she wouldn’t live up to the hype (I don’t like hype) but in reality, not only did she live up to it, but she surpassed it, and I was unequivocally blown away by this book.  The writing style was flawless, the editing was perfect, the plot captivated me, and drove me on to figure out all the secrets, and the characters were both flawed and loveable at the same time.  Not to mention the fantastic ending, and clever, weavy (yes, I just made that up) storyline.  I also really appreciate the humour, especially as I wasn’t having the best day when I started reading.  In fact, once I’d started reading, I couldn’t stop and finished it within a few hours.

I have gone from blah to fangirl overnight and now own every book this woman has ever written.  If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, then nothing will.

Confess was published on 10th March, 2015 in the US and the UK.  To find out more about Colleen Hoover and her books, please click here to visit her website.  She is also active on Facebook and Twitter.