Ben has been running his whole life, trying to escape the memories that he left in back in Wisconsin. Now a marine in Afghanistan, those memories have finally caught up with him. Instead of running he decides to write, recalling every fragmented thought, every gruesome detail that occurred the night Billy died. Immersing himself back into the dark world of a boy whose life changed from the moment he chose to help a grieving family and their son, Ben recounts every action, every word that drew his darkest demons to the surface and pushed him closer to the brink of insanity.
I found this book to be one of the most gripping and suspenseful thriller novels I have ever read. Ilsa J. Bick took great care in weaving each thread into the complexity of the plot that keeps you holding your breath. I found myself becoming so attached to the tragic hero; at one moment feeling sympathy, and other times screaming at him in frustration. At times I had to force myself to stop reading at night. And when the story was over, there were even more unanswered questions than before. The Sin-Eater’s Confessions is not only an engrossing novel, it is also a social statement that questions sexuality, the role of parents, and the struggle that teens undergo when trying to define who they are among society,