Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… [Goodreads]
For Hoovers’ recent novel Confess, she’s decided to go down the road of collaborating with another artist. I admit that the artwork that I imagined Owen making was not at all what the London artist Danny O’Connor created, however I guess no reader would imagine the exact image from reading Confess without the artwork. I love how Hoover collaborates with other artists and shares their talent in her novels, especially since she has such a large audience. O’Connor will definitely be getting new fans, just like Griffin Peterson did after he collaborated with Hoover in Maybe Someday.
So the title Confess comes from the fact that Owen paints using confessions. People would submit anonymous confessions to him which he would either use as inspiration or in some cases just keep. It played out throughout the book really well, especially because of the amount of confessions that the two main characters also hold.
Auburn felt too typical and conventional. She had her complications in life but she read off like any other typical NA novel. There was nothing striking or stand out-ish about her, which gave me less of a connection with the book. Owen, on the other hand, was a character I really enjoyed reading about. There were elements in Owen that I could relate to, especially when it comes down to my own life goals, priorities and determination towards my goals. He deserves his own novel, both after the events in the book and after. There’s much more to him than we really read, especially after the twist.
The thing that really bugged me about this book is the situation between Trey, Lydia and Auburn. It didn’t sit well with me and it played out too easily. For something quite ugly, I didn’t understand how Auburn coped. It was really uncomfortable knowing that they got away with everything they put Auburn through. The happily ever after was expected but not in a way that makes what Trey and Lydia okay.