Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Confession

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn't understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn't care. He just can't believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Dont Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Dont is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what's right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man?

I just finished reading this exciting read by John Grisham- I just LOVE his books! They hold my attention to the very end and are so well written. You just HAVE to see what happens next which leads you to reading well into the night:)  I love the law side of it too- very intriguing. There are a few curse words and a small paragraph about the rape and killing. Overall, it was really intense and a must read! Next on my list is to finish.. Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your kids with the Love of Jesus!

The kids and I read every night (or try to) before bed and we are in the midst of Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary- I just LOVE her books- they are so funny and written well with lots of descriptions. I have tried to get my twins to read them by themselves but they dont get far.. so I decided to read them out loud at bedtime instead and they love it! I also picked up Homer Price by Robert McClusky at the library the other day- it reminds me alot of Henry Huggins and I vividly remember my mom reading this book to me! My favorite story was about how a diamond bracelet gets stuck in some doughnut batter and baked in a doughnut and tons of people come in to eat doughnuts to try to find the bracelet and win a reward- its really great! There are a few short stories in this book so its good for bedtime! 

1 comment:

Jenny said...

We just read Homer Price this fall! Great stories! I do remember having one of our teachers read us the Beverly Cleary books - I wasn't a big fan of those as a kid, but I am going to be reading some to my kids; maybe they'll have a different opinion!