Saturday, November 8, 2014

Review: Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Title: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Year Published: 2013

Genre: Adult Mystery
Pages: 637
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2014 Google Reading map): USA (Mississippi and Alaska)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): One of the most popular novels of our time, A Time to Kill, established John Grisham as the master of the legal thriller. Now we return to Ford County as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an at that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

Review: John Grisham. I can always count on one of his novels to keep me turning pages, keep me intrigued by what is going to happen next, and leave me wasted at the end as he brings it all together. I don't have a lot to say about this novel except that Grisham really tells a good story. His characters are real, the scene is clear, and I believe that what I am reading could possibly be true.

Grisham does such a good job of capturing the feeling of the towns and people he writes about. They are always interesting, believable, and just a tad unlikable. And I think that's important. No characters are perfect, the towns have history and flaws, and that makes the story better.

I do think this is one of Grishams' best, so if you enjoy his novels, definitely read this one

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