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.
Thoroughly enjoyed the story full of intrigue and up and downs trying to guess the endings but of course, it took all the twists and turns of a great Grisham novel.mFrank Muller readings have become as familiar as a good friend and think he is wonderful.
I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.
I loved The Partner. It had a clever, intriguing story line the was unfolded piece by piece in a smooth manner. I would highly recommend it.
Uhhh what just happened?
After getting extremely hooked on this story over a long road trip, my boyfriend and I only had 2 hours left in the book when we arrived home. So needless to say, we both finished it while we were on our lunch break the next day.
Almost simultaneously, we both texted each other confused about the story's ending. I think if things would have ended differently I would have raced to buy another John Grisham novel to listen to. I have read a couple others of his that I liked; however, this one's ending disappointed me.
The narrator, Frank Mueller, was phenomenal. He handled so many characters with ease. Will definitely be following which novels he narrates.
Overall - 4 stars. Even though I didn't prefer the ending, it still was a gripping read.
Performance - 5 stars. See paragraph above.
Story - 4 stars. I'm tempted to mark at 3, again, because of the ending. However, it was both unpredictable and not overly coincidental like other novels of this genre. At the end of the day I won't hold the ending against the great writing of the other 95% of the book.
Yes. Learn about southern lawyers.
Any of John's book
Some what, but should have a women talking where needed
Laughed at the part where the girl runs off with the money.
Several unexpected twists in this plot, I always enjoy reading/listening to John Grisham fiction. There is no background music, which I am glad about because sometimes they make the background music to loud on TV and I can't hear what the people are saying.
tuff to listen to. Narrator drives me crazy. Great story, so worth the read, but I will not listen to Frank Muller again, I will read instead.