The book is not bad but the narrator is horrible. First off Biloxi is pronounced bil-uh-xi. Not bil-ah-xi. Very irritating. He's constantly breathless. Couldn't take the voice anymore.
This is a great story, but please give Frank Muller his due. His career ended tragically and his surviving narrations are noteworthy. He is, by far, the best suspenseful narrator I have ever heard. Ask Stephen King.
This was a solid book from the first chapter. I recommend reading the Testament first because this book kind of starts out in the same area that the Testament is set in. It was nice to already have a mental image of the area that Patrick was hiding in.
I guess it's a personal preference thing, but I love the narrator. His voice sets the right tone for the book...serious, thoughtful, and a hint of mystery. Obvioiusly, his voice won't work with some books, but it is perfect for Grisham novels.
As for my opinion of the novel, I loved trying to figure out Patrick's master plan, and I was rooting for him to get away with it. The ending was not my favorite, but it made sense and was poetic justice. If you always want a sappy ending then this book may not be for you. My main complaint is with Patrick's character...I loved him throughout the novel but towards the end his "simple life" philosophy turned to arrogance. I just thought that personality change wasn't needed.
Frank Muller has this mono tone reading where 2 out of 5 characters sounds the same in a pool of 20+. It was hard to keep track while driving and I would have to remind minutes at a time to recap. This was not his fault as I feel the book was all over the place at some times. But I continued since it's a John Grisham novel. I am more comfortable with Michael Beck. I hope he does more of the future readings as he's more colorful
Like all Grisham books, it is captivating, well written and interesting. From a law perspective it is also captivating.
That said, it is a good book but is not his best work. The plot is somewhat loose and the main character, Patrick, is a little weak and underdeveloped despite the length of the story. He comes across as a cross between a creepy con man and a protagonist. I guess this is Grisham's attempt at the dark hero characters we are watching on our tv shows now; the criminal hero if you will.
Also, the "fortunate series of events" that build the story line are a little too lined out and perfect; a little too perfect. Also, the supporting characters (ie the judge, best friend and girlfriend) are a little scooby doo, kissing Patrick's ass after a murder charge and a four year absence having stolen money and run off.
The character is a fascinating dichotomy, but not really believable, although the story IS your typical Grisham page turner.
But the worst part is the ending. Although he does get his shock value, and he does succeed in an unpredictable ending, it is a let down.
It makes NO sense, and leaves the reader completely let down. Its almost as if he got to the end and said, "I am sick of this book, so f*** it! That said, people seem to love it or hate it. I liked it, but did not love it.
The book was good, but it had the same twists as a lot of other Grisham books so I was able to anticipate a lot. I wish it had a better ending.