The Confession by John Grisham Analysis Essay

My friends had always begged me to read one of John Grisham’s books ever since ninth grade. I just ignored them and read books that seemed to be interesting and adventurous. I then finally caved in and began searching for the perfect John Grisham book that sparked my attention the most. After a day of reading summary after summary, I finally found the perfect one, The Confession! Other summaries did not seem to grab my attention as this one did.

And what do you know, The Confession turned out to be one of the best books I have ever read!

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John Grisham definitely wrote this book to give his opinion on the death penalty. Without a doubt Grisham is against it. He showed this belief by showing the reader how an innocent man was executed and the real killer was running around. Grisham really hit the nail on the head by stating that the court system was too quick to base accusations and force crimes on a guy who had different skin pigmentation than themselves.

This book was a roller coaster ride around the topic of the death penalty.

The Confession teaches the reader that being too quick to accuse a person of doing wrong is never the right thing to do. The officials in this book based Donte Drumm’s trial on the motivation of racism and inequality instead of the search for the truth. Even at the closing of the novel, the officials were too ashamed to admit they executed an innocent man and even tried to hide their mistakes by lying through their teeth by saying they possibly knew Donte had an accomplice. They were way too quick to accuse the wrong guy.

Giving up can lead to regrets, so never give up no matter the circumstances, another theme in The Confession. This is exactly what Keith Schroeder and Robbie Flak did in this novel. Keith, risking his preaching career, helped Travis Boyette jump his parole to save an innocent man’s life six hours away. Keith stayed strong through the whole scenario. Robbie Flak was Donte Drumm’s lawyer and helped Donte fight till the very end, even when there was no hope of stopping the execution. Staying strong even when the times seem tough may not always have positive feedback, but in the end its worth it.

Keith Schroeder, my favorite character, is a preacher that isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and possibly ruin his career in the process. He never gave up trying to help Travis so they could try to stop the execution. Keith is a courageous and fearless man that I hope one day to become.

After the unfortunate execution of Donte, Robbie Flak’s law firm, Keith, and Travis traveled to Roop’s Mountain in Neosho, Missouri to obtain the body of Nicole Yarber. This scene of the book kept me at the edge of my seat while they inched their way up the mountain with Travis barely remembering where he buried Nicole nine years ago. They had stopped two times and found no evidence of Nicole’s grave anywhere.

On the third stop, they fortunately found her grave by tripping over on old tractor tire which triggered Travis’s memory that that was the place he buried her. They had dug for over fifteen minutes before finding the metal tool box she was enclosed in. In the tool box they found a badly decomposed corpse, a wad of clothes close to the head, a black leather belt around her neck, and a MasterCard and license that confirmed they had found Nicole Yarber’s body. This scene of this book made me a nervous wreck, but also gave some relief that they had finally caught the real killer.

Suspenseful, jaw-dropping, breath taking, and emotional are just a few words to describe The Confession! This book was a roller coaster ride all over emotions. It had many twist and turns that will keep you interested till the very end. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspenseful read!

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