The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins Hardback
Part of the Thomas Hawkins series
Spring, 1728. A young, well-dressed man is dragged through the streets of London to the gallows at Tyburn.
The crowds jeer and curse as he passes, calling him a murderer.
He tries to remain calm. His name is Tom Hawkins and he is innocent. Somehow he has to prove it, before the rope squeezes the life out of him.
It is, of course, all his own fault. He was happy with Kitty Sparks. Life was good. He should never have told the most dangerous criminal in London that he was 'bored and looking for adventure'.
He should never have offered to help Henrietta Howard, the king's mistress, in her desperate struggles with a brutal husband. And most of all, he should never have trusted the witty, calculating Queen Caroline.
She has promised him a royal pardon if he holds his tongue but then again, there is nothing more silent than a hanged man. Based loosely on actual events, Antonia Hodgson's new novel is both a sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea and a standalone historical mystery.
From the gilded cage of the Court to the wicked freedoms of the slums, it reveals a world both seductive and deadly. And it continues the rake's progress of Tom Hawkins - assuming he can find a way to survive the noose...
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 04/06/2015
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781444775457
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Review by nicx27
What a brilliant read. Having read and loved The Devil in the Marshalsea I was really looking forward to The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, but I wondered if it could live up to the brilliance of the first book. It did. In The Last Confession.... Tom Hawkins is living with Kitty Sparks and making a living translating for the Cocked Pistol bookshop, but he's getting bored and needs more adventure. But when Tom wants adventure he ends up in all kinds of trouble. Can he come up smelling of roses again?I love Antonia Hodgson's writing. It's so atmospheric and interesting, keeping me turning the pages as fast I can to find out what happens at the end. I hope this is not the last we hear of Thomas Hawkins. Telling his story in the first person makes it such a fast-paced read as we romp along with him as he gets into scrape after scrape. The supporting characters are fascinating too and as with the first book, you can almost feel that you are living in 18th century London. I loved this book!