this I know: Sarah's Confession: review

3/5 stars!

A recluse emerges from the backwoods on the eve of his son’s romantic, southern wedding. Dinner spirals into chaos when the self-proclaimed prophet announces he hears spiritual messages, straight from God. The voices tell him to prepare the way for the end of the world. His disturbing words find a foot-hold in undeniable facts, as disbelief dissolves into terror. Those who gathered to celebrate are suddenly faced with an unthinkable dilemma. They must follow him into a remote, secret sanctuary, prepared exclusively for their survival… or, they can die. As apocalyptic events begin to unfold, the ancient battle of darkness and light quickly becomes a modern reality.

[May contain a few spoilers]

My thoughts:

This book starts with Sarah, who I guessed would be the main character in the story. Everyone in her family
is preparing for this wedding. I thought, great, let’s meet the family.

I regretted meeting the family. There were a lot, a lot of characters. I’ve learned from books that I shouldn’t focus too much on many of them, since they eventually exit the picture. If the narrator does a good job describing them, they become strong, multidimensional, and finally, those characters that left the story stay in the mind of the reader because they did the job and became memorable.

Not here. Many, many of the characters were introduced with a very unnecessary description, and then the story moved on. It left me asking, “why all the info if it would be no use for them, or for me to know?”

I ignored many of the characters and moved on. The first chapters are about the wedding. But soon everything turns into a chaos. There is this earthquake and they see on TV what is going on around the country. This part I liked and enjoyed to certain extend, because the writer did an awesome job at researching. The information told wasn’t full of details, but it sounded genuine and believable.

There is this character, the evil one of the story, Clyde, who takes all the people he can take to this cave, which he knows too well. There, he tells them they will be saved from the fire that is coming their way.

They eventually get to the cave and there is this scene that I truly enjoyed. It wasn’t an amazing scene, but it had that tone of apocalypses. The fire coming, the smoke, panic in the air, animals coming and crashing and running everywhere. It was one of those chapters with “moments.” My favorite chapter, for sure.

In the cave, Clyde becomes even creepier. He is a very, very interesting character. He isn’t a character that is explored, but many of the things he does are well-thought. For example, he has a generation in the cave, and they have light! Obviously, since he had been working on that cave for a long time, preparing it for an even like such.

What began to bother me when they were in the cave was the thinking and race for survival. Great, they’re in the cave, now what? Oh, they can’t get out. How and why, you must read! But, there were the details of survival that bothered me immensely.

Once in the cave, Nathan, another character, is eating this salad, and suddenly he gets the idea to save the seeds to plant them! Now, I’m thinking, they had been inside the cave for a few days, WHERE DOES HE GET THE IDEA OF PLANTING SEEDS? How long is he planning to stay in the cave to think such thing? They find a lake with clean water, and ironically, they stay in the cave for 8 months; the seeds grown.

Food. Guess what? They eat each other. Understandable, the narrator did an amazing job at telling me the reasons why this needed to happen. Clyde was in charge of, well, processing the meat of the dead ones. The problem was that they only ate three people.

I liked the story; there was something going to happen; I wanted to know. Then I was told at the beginning of a new chapter that they had been in the cave for 2 years. Wait, two years? How did? I mean? Two? How? When? Two years? They only ate three humans. Two years is a very, very long time.

Okay, more creepy things began to happen, we finally see more of Sarah, discover her dark secrets, and see a dark side of her. We also begin to wonder what in the world is going on with Clyde. After all, he was the one keeping everyone alive, everything under control, and everyone under his wing. I thought he was plain crazy. There are things he does and thinks about that do not make sense at all, which explains all his evil and cruel. And crazy.

The ending was very amazingly done, but there was no true shock, nothing that could make you gasp and turn the page as you tried to breathe. I liked it, and was everything it needed to be. It left a lot of holes and questions unanswered, but overall it was done well, told well, and planted new hope for the group of people that survived.

[The synopsis was taken from]


  1. Maybe it was lef topen for sequal? IDK, just throwing out ideas. Sounds intriguing.


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