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Better Confess

Stroke of Mastery

By Areej Jawad | May 2022

Written by award-winning Irish author Alan Gorevan, the novel ‘Better Confess’ is a gripping story of Florence Lynch who is caught in a mesh of dark intricacies of an online forum. After an exasperating breakup with her boyfriend, she lands herself, in a drunken frenzy, into the web of ‘helpers’ who can get rid of Simon, her boyfriend. The plot swirls into action unfolding a series of events where Florence tries desperately to retrace her steps, but sees herself failing miserably as the hitman ascends onto Simon. Will she be able to stop Thomas, the professional shooter, or would she end up witnessing her ex-boyfriend lose his life because she was too jealous to look at the real picture?

The novel kicks off immediately, revealing the characters, their thought processes and their intentions. With a great stroke of mastery, Gorevan is able to give out the necessary character details without actually stating them in plain words. The flow is definitely flawless and smooth. Once you start the book, you have got to fasten your seatbelt, for you are in for a roller coaster ride.

As the storyline develops, the reader definitely notices how the threads keep coming together to form a pattern, leaving no loose ends. The characters behave naturally and there is no forced action in the novel. There is a lot of psychological insight into the characters and you get an idea of why they are behaving the way they are. Heightened emotions are all over the place arresting the reader’s attention as they submerge themselves along with the text into feelings of regret, violent temper, ambition and clever betrayal. Gorevan juggles all these emotions perfectly well.

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