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Reviewed by JC Minnaar for Readers' Favorite
Nexus: a point linking two or more things. In the grounds of the All Souls Church in St. Louis is a red granite bench. A bench that has seen and heard many things. K.L. Kemp’s The Red Granite Confessional follows the story of various people: Tanner Means who started life on a farm and now lives the city life who has an uncanny storytelling talent whenever he picks up an object; the homeless duo of Shameless and Tidy, bickering sisters Evelyn and Essie Hamilton; little Opal just looking for a quiet place to read some poetry before her mama starts calling for her and many more. All these people’s paths diverged sooner or later at the Red Granite Confessional. Come, sit and listen as the characters tell you their stories.
I loved K.L. Kemp’s masterfully written stories and backgrounds for each character. Intricately connecting characters intersect with each other, and how they influence events and drastically change the outcomes of their lives. Covering a wide range of modern problems and topics such as traumatic childhoods, domestic violence, addiction, loneliness, and discovering yourself in life made me pensive on how close I could be to becoming a character from The Red Granite Confessional. Having an abundance of characters to follow kept my mind racing to predict interactions and what characters would do next. The Red Granite Confessional shifts from humorous interactions, melancholy revelations, and scarce moments of peaceful bliss strewn in between. No dull moments, intense character stories, and jaw-dropping developments had me begging to see what secrets each new chapter held.