Review Round Up: The Confession by Jessie Burton

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the latest novel from the author of The Miniaturist.

The Guardian: “Burton is a writer fully in control of her craft as she employs the fundamental co-ordinates of a fairytale. Overall it stands as another understated triumph for the patient typist.”

iNews: “Serious yet playful, and beautifully told, the result is an engaging and vital novel that, thankfully, puts women’s interior lives centre stage once more.”

Evening Standard: “This is a novel that feels intimate, delving into the mechanics of relationships that women have both with others and with themselves. It’s also a riveting story that will keep you guessing until the end.”

Herald Scotland: “The Confession relies on a plausibility, stretching contrivance which would be tricky for a lesser book to come back from. But Burton’s three central characters – chief among them Connie, whose insistence on her autonomy has come at a cost to herself and others – are so complex and compelling that their spell is never broken for long.”

The Times: “After the runaway success of her 2014 debut, The Miniaturist, a tale of doomed romance and sexual repression in 17th-century Amsterdam, the former actress Jessie Burton found herself stuck. She has since spoken candidly of the double-edged sword of artistic success: how it made her doubt herself and see its trappings as a “mirage”. Her latest novel is partly an exploration of that unhappy period.”

Financial Times: “But while there are glimmers of the immersive, Gothic atmosphere that won Burton such acclaim for her previous novels, in examining how and why stories are told, The Confession is too focused on theory, and doesn’t deliver a strong enough tale in its own right.”

Metro: *** “Burton writes with supple grace and easy momentum, and, as ever, evokes an intoxicating sense of place. Yet while on one level this is a novel about the mystery of Elise’s disappearance, it’s also about what second wave feminism can teach 21st-century women struggling with the fantasy of having it all.” “One of the main characters in the book, although not one of our narrators, is an author, known for her beautiful poetic and poignant prose… laden with depth and meaning, and Burton effortlessly manages to reflect this.”

The Confession is available to buy now.

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