The Atwelle Confession
SelectBooks, 2017 (2017)
Reviewed by Barbara Lingens
he horrendous deeds that happened in the English town of Atwelle five hundred years ago are somehow being repeated as its ancient church is about to be restored in the present day. Author Gordonson keeps us in suspense to the end as he alternately unfolds both stories.
omehow the ancient story rings truer, probably because the characters exactly fit the situation. This part of the book is really well done. When we look at the modern story, the characters who are being murdered don't fit quite as nicely, and the twist at the end, which is really unexpected, upon reflection, doesn't fit at all as written.
he thoughts and actions of the murderer throughout the story do not correspond to the evil that is done, and the explanation at the end seems pretty weak. It might have been better for the author not to let us know the murderer's thoughts, only the actions, to help make the conclusion more plausible.
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