The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz – Review
About the book:
“This is the reward for the tempestuous journey of all those who have read the [Original Sinners] series…” — Heroes & Heartbreakers
Father Stuart Ballard has been Marcus Stearns’ confessor since the young Jesuit was only eighteen years old. He thought he’d heard every sin the boy had to confess until Marcus uttered those three fateful words: “I met Eleanor.”
So begins the 40-page “The Confession of Marcus Stearns,” a moving coda to the RITA® Award-winning Original Sinners series. Originally published as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers’ Convention, and available worldwide for the first time.
This collection also includes “The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber,” a companion 36-page story written exclusively forThe Confessions.
And, finally, all secrets are revealed in “The Confession of Tiffany Reisz,” an exclusive, in-depth interview.
Three Sinners. Three confessions. And all the dirty little secrets you could possibly desire…
I have a confession to make. Appropriate, since the book I’m reviewing today is called The Confessions. So here it is. I was so excited when I got Tiffany Reisz‘ book that I immediately flipped to the very back to see what sort of extra goodies I knew she had included in an already goody of a book. Not that I asked or she told me there’d be extras, but come on. It’s Tiffany Reisz. She loves her readers as much as her readers love her…which is really saying something. (Hint: readers LOOOOOVE Tiffany. A lot.) And Ms. Reisz has made it clear that his book is definitely for her readers. Yes, you could probably still read the book never having picked up an Original Sinners story – the prose, the dialogue, the hints of Soren’s sadism and past; Nora’s wonderful, brazen teasing; the wonderful, brazen set up…it would all entice you quite nicely. But the best Easter eggs and the biggest pay off comes when you’ve been a faithful and devout follower of the Unholy Trinity since the beginning, starting with the Siren.
The Confessions is a wonderful book and as vivaciously readable as anything Tiffany has released before. But the real joy of the story comes from seeing a young Soren Stearns, a God-like figure in the Original Sinners series, presented here more like a lost and wondering Jesus during a time that no one writes about – the time before he became Jesus! In the first short story “The Confessions of Marcus Stearns”, Soren is a foreboding, serious young man, and Tiffany takes huge advantage of his turmoil and spins it into the best type of gold: valuable.
And that’s the key word here. The Confessions is wholly enjoyable and utterly fun, but incredibly valuable in the canon of Tiffany’s work. It’s not only a glimpse into a mind (several minds actually; there’s the “Confessions of Eleanor Schreiber” and the “Confessions of Tiffany Reisz”) that readers have been falling in love with since page one of an eight series saga, but it’s also so cleverly written that I could cry every time I reread each little gem. For instance, you don’t just get Soren’s confession during his short story, you get a bit of his confessor’s confession too! (A feat I’m sure only Soren could accomplish. Props to Tiffany for letting Soren still be Soren, even when he’s young and has the weight of the world on his shoulders.) And you don’t just get a break down of the girl with green eyes and black hair (or black eyes and green hair), you also get one of the most tantalizing teases of a character off-page since Oscar Wilde first wrote about Dorian Gray. And while I am spending most of the time gushing over Soren’s bold and tortured confession, Eleanor and Tiffany’s are just as elucidating and entertaining.
If you are a fan of the Original Sinners series, you cannot miss this book. And if you aren’t…what are you waiting for?