Friday, December 28, 2018

Review: The Reckoning by John Grisham

Title: The Reckoning
Author: John Grisham
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult fiction
Pages: 417
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (MS)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi. Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son--a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked int the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder weren't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it--to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family--was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

Review: I always know what I am getting into when I begin a Grisham book. At least, I think I do. This one did hit some of the expectations: lawyers, Mississippi small town, and race issues were all present. But this time it didn't work for me.

I didn't connect with the characters who seemed too shallow and there were too many branches to the story. Instead of feeling deep and complex, it felt like none of them were developed enough.

Challenges for which this counts: none.

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