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3.0 out of 5 starsWell written, but falls short of what I consider a good book
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
First, I won't spoil the story, but I hated the ending. And not only because it was a pound of bitter and a dash of sweet. The author keep me reading out of fascination at the main character's resolve and methodical planning--the execution of that plot is masterful. The problem is the only thing I found I came to care about the author destroys with the ending, and it seemed completely forced and unmotivated. The love interest goes from a complex character to a shallow Hollywood trope just so the main character doesn't "get away with it". I defend this opinion because it's written in third person omniscient--we know her thoughts page after page, nothing is hidden. I could list many details of why, like the relationship with her father for instance, but I promised to not ruin the story. I simply expect more for my time spent than legal cleverness, but if you don't then the machinations are interesting.
Definitely NOT one of Grisham’s best. I’d like the time spent on this one back, please.
Grisham takes you on a long ride, a good ride (at first) by telling you a detailed story that constantly has you asking “how’s this going to end (cue suspense music)” and then he lets you down drastically. He just gives up on the whole “good writing thing” and quickly drops the story with the most pitiful of endings. As if he literally just wanted to go do something else. Sadly, he creates an ending my 10 year old nephew could have thought up. Why? Your a seasoned writer, why waste a good storyline for a rushed and thoughtless ending? It would seem Grisham readers enjoy his books because they make you think. They’re not meant to be fluffy, “I could have written this ending myself” books so I can’t explain the ending in this one.
This book could have ended in several amazing ways... unfortunately, it seems Grisham was in a rush this time and didn’t care to choose any one of them. I have truly enjoyed other Grisham books but this one just felt like a bad date... Great dinner but then he bolts, leaving you sitting there (embarrassed) with the bill. Just pass on this one, this date isn’t going to end well for you either.
I cannot give a full opinion of this novel at this time, as I have just started on it. Thus far, as my reading have progressed, I am enjoying the way the story unfolds. No dull moment, particularly after the subject met his big setback, where I had paused. I am also reading A Time to Kill concurrently. This works for me, odd as it may sound to other readers. There are at least 8 titles on my desk and w/ a batch more coming, I either keep up or left em sit idly. For those who have been ignoring The Partner for whatever reasons, have another look..Grisham is a natural storyteller. • A novel is nothing but a mode to provide entertainment. Let the 'author/book' critics delight hearing themselves - they need to earn a living. Buy what serves your fancy, listen to your drummer. • I intend to update my comments, for those interested.
I enjoy John Grisham's books. Having a brother in law who is a lawyer helps me appreciate his legal background even more.
This book focuses on a lawyer who has stolen $90 million dollars from his former firm and is captured hiding in Brazil. But why did he do it? Why would a partner steal the money and run? The story unfolds from there set in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Overall this was a good read. The very ending was somewhat tough but a good read nonetheless.
1.0 out of 5 starsContrived plot and contrived ending!
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020
I hated the ending! An author has an obligation to his reader, one who has spent hours with his characters and story. Not only is there a betrayal for the author’s main character but one for the reader!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe ending will make you crazy!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2017
I loved this novel from beginning to end but the ending made me want to scream!! I won't give it away but I started suspecting something fishy about 2/3 way through. But regardless, a great read, as John Grisham novels always are. Can't believe I hadn't read it yet! Worth your time. Couldn't stop reading, as usual.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2020
I really enjoyed The Partner. It is a story of a lawyer who steals millions of dollars and ends up living a very quiet life in Brazil. The story deals with efforts of several very wealthy men to locate him and force him to divulge the location of the money. The FBI steps in and they bring him back to the USA to stand trial. The story goes on to show how the thief stole the money and how he tries with the help of his girlfriend to avoid jail and get back to Brazil. This is a terrific book. It is interesting how you begin to cheer on the thief.
5.0 out of 5 starsExceptional story, well written, but
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2015
In my reviews I don't tell anything about the story if I can help it. I just like to say what I liked or disliked, and with this book there isn't much to criticize. Probably one of Grisham's best. I would highly recommend this novel. I could feel the outcome as it drew nearer and as I feared , the climax was disappointing; for me anyway. I would recommend reading this story just for the ending. You may be surprised.
4.0 out of 5 starsFresh start ‘fantasy’ from the legal thriller master
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 19, 2019
One of the older Grisham novels, but very good. I purchased cheap (a trend) for the Kindle having lost the paperback some years ago. When Patrick Lanigan, the junior partner in a law firm, dies in a car crash, and six weeks later his firm is mysteriously deprived of $90m it doesn’t take too much imagination to think perhaps he might not have died. The story starts four years later – the firm, and a few other interested parties, have spent $3.5 million, and finally they seem to have found their man hidden in Brazil. Lanigan is picked up, and a chain of events ensues that involves the law firm, a senator, a somewhat shady private investigator and of course the FBI. The story is well written, engaging and stokes the fantasy of disappearing and starting again, in Lanigan’s case a new start funded by $90m! I especially enjoyed the details of what he had done in the intervening years, and how he had carried out the deception. Even though it is set in the early 1990’s, it doesn’t really feel as though it is specifically dated. There are a few references to ‘quaint’ technology etc., but it is not quite as obviously dated as it feels in ‘The Broker’, where the technology is greeted with a bit more awe (that said, still one of my favourites from Grisham). It does may you think about how much harder it might be to pull of the deception in today’s digital world. Frankly though, it doesn’t matter – the story has enough in it to gloss over that and it is worth a read.
3.0 out of 5 starsThe purchase button must be super sensitive or something
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2018
I did not order this.I was checking the reviews. The purchase button must be super sensitive or something.However, I have read and enjoyed John Grisham in the past so decided to accept it as I have had much to thank you for in the past.I have given it 3 stars but not yet read it but itlooks interesting
Brilliant! John Grisham, the genius that he is, has done it yet again. This story is splendid from the very first page and has the reader enchanted at every page turn! The building of the plot and the introduction of the characters is unbelievably clever and ingenious and extremely intricate. Only an extremely talented author such as John Grisham's could write something like this. It is a long book but so absolutely absorbing and the dreams of so many people to be able to pull off such a heist! The twist at the end is so unexpected and yet I was very nervously almost dreading something to go wrong. Amazing good.
3.0 out of 5 starsLost - final chapter to The Partner by John Grisham. If found please return to Random House Books Ltd
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2015
I found this book, for the most part, entertaining and involving, a bit of a page-turner in the usual Grisham style. However, I read the book from start to finish, and I'm still looking for the final chapter! After living with the main character through 400 pages of trials, tribulations, lucky breaks and shrewd planning, and consequently really rooting for him towards the end of the book, the story has to end like that?! No spoilers, but it's a rushed, ham-fisted, ill-considered and, frankly, utterly depressing way to wrap up the story. Made me knock off a star, so it did!
How contrived !? Simpering to his oddly over-friendly doctor, who seems oblivious that this man is likely to have burned a body ? Yes fine, stay as long as you like. The friendly judge who strangely enjoys pizza in an army hospital garden? And the pompous motive for such a strung out story?? Of course its the entire plot of the story but is it believable??
So the ending didnt hurt as badly as many other reviews. By that time I didnt really care enough.