October Book Club: The Confession by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton’s first novel, The Miniaturist, was an enormous bestseller. The Financial Times described it as “an old-fashioned page-turner, with sudden twists, cliffhangers at the close of every chapter and an absorbingly unfamiliar and rich period setting.” Her capacity as a storyteller has been firmly established but rather than rest on her laurels, with her third novel – The Confession – Burton has said she “wanted to write a novel about the physical, psychological and spiritual autonomy of women.”

On a winter’s afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden and is enchanted. Connie is a successful writer whose novel is being turned into a Hollywood film. Elise follows Connie to LA and Burton has said she wanted to examine: “what if a very English, Muriel Spark-esque character found herself in the surreality of Beverly Hills?”

Three decades later, Rose Simmons is seeking answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a baby. Having discovered that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a reclusive novelist, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie’s house, seeking a confession.

We have three copies of the hardback to win via the form below, and do read along with us:

— Alex Peake-Tomkinson
2nd October 2019