When the innocent suffer, The Confession, by John Grisham, review

One phrase that I heard often in law school was "it is better for one guilty person to go free than to let an innocent person be punished."  Our judicial system is based on rules that support this premise. It is why we have presumed innocence and preponderance of the evidence. These philosophies are support to prevent an innocent man from being punished. Unfortunately, sometimes the system does not work.

The Confession by John Grisham is the story of an innocent man who faces the ultimate punishment for a crime that he didn't commit. Set in Texas, the story focuses on a murder of a young girl and the confession of a black high school student. Donte Drumm confesses to the awful murder and is convicted and set to die for his crime. The only problem is that he is an innocent man.

This story follows the lawyers, families and politicians as they all fight during the last minute appeals of an innocent man's conviction. From the lawyers who can prove Donte's innocence to the politicians who are determined to have an execution, this novel  provides a dynamic discussion of the death penalty punishment.

Whether you are pro-capital punishment or against it, this novel raises many questions about why the punishment is used and the system of its employment. After you are finished reading it , I doubt that you will look at the death penalty the same again.

Disclosure: I'm a bzzagent. I received a copy of The Confession as part of a promotional campaign. All opinions are 100% and have not been influenced by any person or entity. For my complete disclosure policy, please see www.more4momsbuck.com/disclosure.


  1. Love, love, love him, I am going to have to pick this one up!

  2. OHhhhhhh, this looks like a good read! Certainly a controversial topic and this book probably puts you on the edge of your seat!

  3. Sounds like a great book! Love bzzagent!!!!

  4. Oh, I love stories like this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. The Confession is a legal thriller by an accomplished writer, one who became famous by writing legal thrillers. I loved Grisham's early books, reading each one eagerly, glued to the pages, and disappointed when I finished, realizing that I had to wait a long time for the next one. Somewhere along the way Grisham lost his mojo, and, unfortunately, he hasn't fully regained it.