This is a book that has a problem I've noticed a lot recently in newer Grisham books. I'm a big fan of many of his books (The Last Juror, King of Torts, and my favorite The Testament, along with tradition offerings The Firm, Rainmaker, etc.) However, Grisham puts forward a great opening of the book, a good mystery of what the impact of the first few chapters means.. and it moves forward at a snappy pace. In fact, the opening segments of the book are very enjoyable and involving. But as is true of a lot of newer Grisham books, the ending just doesn't hold together at all. Contradicted by earlier elements in the book, it comes across as a very "Scooby Doo" ending with a complete surprise that just doesn't wash. Grisham has run into this lately, a great concept and there just isn't a passable finish. If you can accept all of the contradictions, and forgive the sudden shift in characters in the last two chapters to make up for this effect, it's a good read. Somehow, though, the brilliant beginning being sold out by the conclusion left a very sour taste for me. Such a great intro, a great setup of effects, and a very limp resolution.
John Grisham is not writing the exciting, interesting books he once did. I gave him one more chance this time & was again disappointed.
This was not Grisham at his finest, unfortunately. The plot dragged in places and seemed quite repetitive at times. It didn't suck me in the way his earlier novels did, and didn't have the tension that I used to love in his stories. I suspected the "culprit" almost from the first, despite the various plot twists and red herrings thrown around. All in all, it was a disappointment.
First of all the narrator makes this book so much more enjoyable. The plot was great, but when read with such emotional and emphasis it makes a great book an outstanding book.
As always, John produced another winner.
This is a must listen to book.
I don't understand why so many people have given this book bad ratings. I thought it was excellent. It's a well-written story, full of suspense. I think maybe it would have been better received if it weren't written by Grisham, whose readers probably have different expectations of what his books should be like.
I found the book to be slow and uneventful, I didn't really care about the characters. This is definately not one of the better Grishom novels.
I thought this was a great way to spend a 17 hour car trip going down to North Carolina from Maine. The book was well read and held my interest. Perhaps because the story reminded me so much of my own family helped add to the listening adventure.
I give it a solid 4 stars
I really felt this book was rather boring. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen and it never did. It just plodded along and then it was over, finally. I think I'll be giving up on Grisham books. I really enjoyed 'A Time To Kill' which was my first Grisham read but so far the ones I've listened to have been rather boring. This one wasn't even as good as 'Runaway Jury' and I really didn't think that was that great either. I really don't see what made this a legal thriller since it was missing all the thrill.