Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

My Thoughts

Compelling, fresh, heart wrenching and entirely unforgettable.

5stars

Synopsis

confess coverFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. 

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

My Review

“I’m struggling for more air than I even need, but my panic is setting in, burying itself in my soul and making it hard to think. The sadness feels like warmth creeping its way up my chest, creating an insurmountable pressure the closer it gets to my heart.”

Bestselling author Colleen Hoover does it again. She delivers a compelling story with the power to evoke tears and laughs alike. Her trademark style emanates—both intense and effervescent, heartbreaking and heartswelling. Confess is a story that starts with a chance encounter and then twines in a way that seems destined and significant. Words hide secrets and confessions bleed off pages as Owen and Auburn find their way to each other, but not before loss furtively yields to new beginnings.

“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”

Auburn’s life didn’t turn out quite as planned. By the time she was 20 years old, she had already been through more than most. But she needed to remain focused. So when by happenstance, she walks past a studio with a help wanted sign, she had to stop. She needed the money. But it was more than that, the windows beckoned her attention. They were covered in intimate and shocking confessions. The studio’s owner, Owen Gentry, is desperate for help, and when Auburn walks into the studio, Owen is immediately taken by this girl who is smart, sassy and somehow a little sad too.

“Are you here to save me?”

Both Auburn and Owen have secrets they bear, confessions they bury. As the story unfurls, the undercurrent of these unsaid words are felt, especially as Auburn’s heart-wrenching story comes to light, while Owen’s remains largely a mystery.

“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”

There are so many things I loved about this story. Colleen Hoover’s trademark mix of humor and heart. Real and striking confessions which came from readers. The art that brought the story to life in a beautifully abstract, yet emotionally acute way.

So many things.

Deception and pain, love and loss, secrets and truths, hope and redemption—they all twist and tangle together creating another unforgettable novel from one of the freshest and most trusted voices in romance. This book is not to be missed.

“I don’t feel lost in him at all, because it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like someone truly found me.”

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  1. Oh My God! I want read this. But… is a HEA?

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