I was provided a copy of Confessions by author, Rich Kisielewski, in exchange for an honest review. I found it to be a gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller that was hard to put down.

There will probably always be tension between local police detectives and FBI  liaison officers. Confessions examines the mental illnesses of serial killers set against the 24/7 work of investigators to solve their crimes.

Serial killer, Paul Richter, believes he must find The One – the one woman who can fulfill all his needs. One after another, chosen ones are attracted to him, then realize he is demanding, controlling, and has extremely kinky, even dangerous and painful (for the women) sexual tastes. Before they can break off the relationship or escape, they are tormented and killed.

Detective Maeve Brennan leads a multi-agency task force to investigate these brutal murders. FBI Agent and Liaison officer, David Willinger is attached to the task force, and the tension grows. Just as the group finds itself stumped, with no more viable clues, in walks Jonathon Boyd, an investigative journalist, who is certain his sister is one of the victims — probably the first. As Jonathan provides critical information, the pieces begin to fall into place.

If you enjoy a good psychological thriller, you will definitely enjoy Confessions. It will keep you up at night.

What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?

Referring to alliteration in the names of restaurants as rhyming; then the usual things:  referring to people as “that” instead of “who”, missing commas, incorrect verb usage (bringing vs. taking, went vs. gone, was vs. were), and split infinitives. Still, I gave this compelling novel 5 stars.

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