debuts of the month likeyoulove
Search our site
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron Read the opening extract of the brand new Sophie Cameron book before its publication on 22/03/2018

Reader Reviewed
The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Part of the Thomas Hawkins Series
Historical Fiction   Books of the Month   Crime / Mystery   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

June 2015 Book of the Month.

This wonderfully intriguing and exciting historical mystery really packs a wallop. Although a sequel to ‘The Devil in the Marshalsea’ you can most definitely read it as a stand alone novel. The story starts just before the gallows is set to claim Tom Hawkins, then travels back in time to the events that saw him declared guilty of murder. Occasional shifts in time continue, ensuring that you feel Tom’s fear and his desperate hope that he will be saved before the rope begins its grisly business. There is a certain colour and luminosity to the writing, you just have to reach out and you are in the centre of these robust, bawdy, sometimes repellent times, that are so vividly described. It’s fascinating to read the history behind the novel at the end, you can feel the depth of care that the author has taken and the fascination she feels for this time period. So, bear witness to the manipulative, clever Queen Caroline, keep your hand on your money as you creep through St Giles and hope with all of your might that Tom and Kitty find their way through this dramatically enjoyable read. ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Evelyn Love- Gajardo - 'I would highly recommend this book- a great read from start to finish.'
  • Keith Currie - 'This is a most enjoyable read, filled with twists and turns, satisfying to the very end.'
  • Gill Wilmott - 'Antonia has very cleverly taken a nugget of history and weaved her own extra characters and story around it...All in all an historical mystery that I would definitely recommend.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'This is a follow on book from ‘The Devil in Marshalsea’ but is also a standalone book… and a great read, action, and dry humour, love it.'
  • Edel Waugh -  'First of all I loved these characters!!!...This was amazing! I felt like I was really in London during that time, the sights and smells, and the dismal criminal justice system.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'Antonia is a superb storyteller...In every respect, a satisfying read. Waiting for the next one now.'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'An exciting read...the author uses real life characters and lots of research on the period to bring the novel alive and make it believable.'
  • Peter Baiden - 'Leading readers from the close, filthy, network of London's, early Georgian, slums, to the centre of Queen Caroline's (corrupt) Court. This is a fictional account of a true story.'
  • Jennie Thrift - 'A brilliant trip back in time!...I've already started recommending this book, even to people who aren't keen on the genre as it really is just great.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A boisterous story set in Georgian London.  Thomas Hawkins and his feisty girlfriend, Kitty, are an attractive pair of adventurers in a corrupt but exciting age.'
  • George Willmett - 'The tale rattles along at a good pace and the action is gripping and exiting. The graphic detail lets you know how London was back then with crime and corruption everywhere.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson – 'A clever, twisty book from an author who has burst onto the historical fiction scene...The first novel was excellent, this one is brilliant and I eagerly await the next.'
  • Ann Peet - 'Well written historical mystery tale with lots of atmospheric detail and engaging characters. Part rollicking adventure story set in 1720s London, part intriguing murder mystery, this is an atmospheric and compelling novel.'
  • Katy Noyes - 'Standalone or as part of the series, this historical murder mystery is full of period detail, rascals and rogues and a tense ride to Tyburn…'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'Loved this book and I can't praise it enough. This is one of the most atmospheric books I have ever read. I loved every word of this book, it is brilliant.'
  • Katie Hoare - 'The reader is made to feel that they have been transported back to the period, and are introduced to some very interesting characters...'
  • Susan Mooney - 'A thoroughly enjoyable read,that is full of sight,sound & colour. 10/10. Loved it from first chapter.'

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 30/04/2018


The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson

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...


'Dark, twisting and witty. Dripping with 18th century intrigue - from the slums to the palaces of London.' -- S D Sykes, author of PLAGUE LAND

About the Author

Antonia Hodgson

Antonia Hodgson w as born and grew up in Derby and studied English at the University of Leeds. Her debut novel, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, won the CW A Historical Dagger in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Creasey First Novel award. In the US, Publishers Weekly named it one of the top 10 Mystery/Thriller titles of the year. She was first introduced to the early Georgians while taking 'A' level History. Unfortunately the course focused almost exclusively on George II's ministerial reshuffles, a subject even George II found staggeringly dull. It was only later, on discovering Hogarth, The Beggar's Opera and Moll Flanders, that she became fascinated by an often-neglected period of British history. Her favourite quote about London in the 1720s comes from a disapproving Swiss traveller, who complained that 'debauch runs wild with an unblushing countenance'. Antonia lives in London, where she works as an editor.

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2015


Antonia Hodgson

More books by Antonia Hodgson
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website
Loading twitter updates...


Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


400 pages


Historical Fiction
Books of the Month
Crime / Mystery
eBook Favourites

Crime & mystery



Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

My favourite thing about is the 'like for like' page this has really introduced me to some good reads! That and lots of honest reviews.

Sam Lewis

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

Lovereading is pitched at just the right level for all the various types of people who enjoy reading in its many forms.

Pam Woodburn