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Confession    by Richard Freis order for
by Richard Freis
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Sartoris Literary Group, 2013 (2013)
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*   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

George Burden, a distinguished attorney, has all the good things in life. Not blazingly rich, but comfortably well-to-do, he has made a decision which he is having a hard coming to terms with. Determined to continue his affair with Becca, an employee at his firm, he nonetheless finds it difficult to add his wife of many years to the equation.

His wife is called out of town which gives him the opportunity to spend the weekend with Becca on his boat George's Dream. The only fly in the ointment is Becca's brother Frank. George asks his mistress to marry him, hoping for her answer when the three of them will be on the boat.

Nothing in affairs ever turn out brilliantly, so it is not surprising that George finds himself in an untenable situation. Which he has brought on himself. The cover of this novel suggests a shocking conclusion. I didn't find it so; it had been building for many pages. A good plot, but I found it off putting that there is very little show and almost all tell.

As a result, character building went nowhere. The only person we are really allowed to know is George. Becca, her child Chris, Frank, Julia, George's wife, seem to hover over the scenes and never feel real to me. George suffers tremendously over his decision. Male mid-life crisis! He has the choice to walk out on Becca.

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