5 Sept 2019

Review: Confess

'' Everyday day of my life it feels as if I'm fighting my way up an escalator that only goes down. And no matter how fast or how hard I run to try to reach the top, I stay in the same place, sprinting, getting nowhere. ''

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

From Goodreads:
Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

The book begins with an ending that, in a way, plays a big part later on. To be honest, it caught me, I couldn't see it before I read it. Colleen Hoover does it again. 
Auburn Reed is desperate for money, and when she sees an ad for an opening in the window of an art studio, she jumps at the opportunity. The job-offer is too good to be true. She takes it anyway since she's short for the cash. Soon she realises that the artwork isn't based on just imagination, but on true confessions from anonymous bypassers. Auburn is captivated by the painted confessions and the artist behind them.

Another Colleen Hoover book read, and again my heart is in pieces. Confess delves right into the characters' deepest secrets that they would do anything to cover. Both Auburn and Owen have told lies upon lies to other people to cover up the things they want to hide. The book raises up a question: Are the things we are hiding worth the sacrifices? 

Both Auburn and Owen seem so grown up on the paper, even though they barely are adults. But from experience, that's what happens to people when they have no other chance than to grow up. The characters weren't so in-depth as they have been in other Colleen Hoover's books which I've read so far. I didn't think it mattered in the end though. The confessions and the secrets, and in the end dealing with the consequences caused by them, is what mattered. 

I think Confess is an excellent place to start reading Colleen Hoover's books, or any New Adult or Contemporary books in general. It brings you a story that will keep you turning the pages just to uncover the ending faster. 

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