I'm a great Grisham fan, have all of his books and listen to some of them every few years. This one is certainly not my favorite but if you're a Grisham fan I would still recommend it. The story takes quite a while to get going and the fist half reads like a documentary not a legal thriller.
I'm a huge Grisham fan, but this was easily Grisham's worst effort. I get that Grisham hates the Texas criminal justice system and that he hates most Texans. But to base a novel on such a one-sided, one dimensional perspective just doesn't work. This novel was as uninspiring and predictable as a used bus transfer.
Since Grisham appears to be working from an ethical soap box, I'm eagerly awaiting his expose of the Mississippi trial lawyer's cabal and his caricature of his ol' buddy Dicky Scruggs. However I'm not holding my breath.
I gave this one star because at least the narrator was good, even though the material wasn't worth his effort.
Long, boring and repetitive. Although I, like Grisham, oppose the death penalty this tome is painfully slow and adds nothing of interest to the debate. If I was reading rather than listening, I could not have finished. Grisham has tackled his opposition to the death penalty in his much more interesting The Chamber.
Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.
Yes. I am against the death penalty so it only affirmed what I believe. Against it or not, read this book. It might make you think.
In true Grisham fashion he takes the story all the way to the end. It is not expected for sure.
It involves Mrs. Drum and a suit. No book has ever evoked that kind of emotion from me before.
No he pretty much said all that needs to say about the death penalty.
This is a HEAVY book for Grisham. Not for the faint of heart!!!
I am a semi-retired psychologist who likes to listen to books, especially mysteries, as I drive in the car.
I listened to The Litigators before I listened to The Confession. I would describe the Litigators as a "Book of the Light" and The Confession as a "Book of Darkness". Maybe it was because I have to manage people who are as difficult as some of the people in this book or maybe I have worked in a system that was inexorably wrong, but I could identify with this book on so many levels. The suspense kept me listening and I listened as often as I could. I have read Grisham from his early work and I think he just seems to get better, often in different ways, as if his story-telling is still evolving.
It's been a while since I've read / listened to a John Grisham book. I've always enjoyed his stories, and while this was different than the last I recall, it was a 'good' kind of different. The unique plot pulls you in, and the narration was well done.
I was captivated till half way through when I felt the book had an ending. (Which I didn't like) The author's true ending seemed anti-climatic. None the less a worthwhile read (or listen)
I can recommend this book and believe you will be touched by Grisham's accounting of death row. Very different from The Chamber, there is suspense leading up to this event, and is Grisham at his best.
He does a terrible job, again, with the main characters. The Clergyman is weak, the law enforcement personal complete fools, government reps. mental and unbelievably arrogant, and the lawyers a mix of all these traits. Even the victims, the parents in particular, come across as so inauthentic that it makes what could have easily have been a five star book, IMHO, a mediocre story.
This book is meant to stir your emotions, and I think it will. The moral of this story is supposed to be that there is no justification for a highly cultivated civilization as ours to administer justice by putting someone to death, or killing someone, as the text reads. What you'll find, however, is that what Grisham is really saying is that it is wrong to put an innocent person to death. The "real" perpetrator - well, kill the S.O.B.
The inconsistencies and outright contradictions, the outrageous suit which puts a man on death row, the cast of numbskulls, and an ending which fizzles out is why I cannot give this book more than two stars. I think that us Grisham fans are longing for a spellbinding legal thriller with the unanticipated twists, and characters we learn to love or love to hate. What I believe we are not looking for is for Grisham to use his gift of writing as a means for him to convey his polical, social, or moral convictions - which is how this work and others in recent past have come across.
The only people that don't like this book are the people that are pro death penalty. To those of you that aren't stuck on the right so far and can have an open mind this book is a well written, well read and thought provoking book. I'd recommend this book to everyone, but would say do NOT drive while listening to parts of it as it will rip you up. This book will make you cry, make you angry and make you think, and you will like the characters... again, unless you're pro death penalty. If you're pro death or you're a bigot and do not have an open mind you will not like this book.
This is one of the best books I have read by Grisham. The descriptions he gives of people, places and situations put the reader right in the thick of the action. You find yourself feeling compassion for characters, disbelief, and a host of other emotions. Regardless of your politics, the writer definitely catches your attention, and it is hard to put the book down. The reader, Scott Sowers, is perfect for this book.