by Jessie Burton
✅ Editor: Pan Macmillan
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The third novel from the overly-talented Jessie Burton slips elegantly through the Los Angeles of the 1980s and today, to spin a hypnotic tale of mystery and motherhood, about a lonely writer and his insecure protected. The Confession is another unique triumph from one of the best writers of prose of the past decade. Incredibly good, addictive . . . Without a doubt one of the best novels of the last years’ Elizabeth Day, author of How to FailThe sensational third novel from Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Illuminator and The Muse. A winter afternoon on Hampstead Heath in 1980, Elise Morceau meets Constance Holden, and falls immediately under his spell. Connie is bold and seductive, a successful writer, whose novel has been turned into a big Hollywood movie. Elise follows Connie to LA, a city of strange dreams and pools and late-night gatherings of stylish people. But while Connie lives in the heat and electricity of this new world where everyone is reaching for the stars and no one is telling you the truth, Elise finds herself reeling. When you hear a conversation at a party that turns everything on its head, Elise makes an impulsive decision that will change his life forever. Three decades later, Rosa Simmons is in search of answers about her mother, who disappeared when she was a little girl. Having learned that the last person to see her was Constance Holden, a lonely writer who retired from public life, at the height of his fame, Rose is drawn to the door of Connie’s impressive home in search of a confession . . . The million-copy bestselling author of The Illuminator and The Muse, The Confession is a bright, powerful, and moving novel about secrets and the narrative, motherhood and friendship, and how we lose and find ourselves.
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