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The Reckoning: the electrifying new novel from bestseller John Grisham Hardcover – 23 Oct 2018
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I couldn't help thinking of Harper Lee's great American novel To Kill a Mockingbird while reading The Reckoning . . . [Grisham] knows how to spin a yarn (Chicago Sun-Times)
Beautifully constructed, [The Reckoning] captures the racial tensions of the Deep South and weaves a truly magical spell (Daily Mail)
In this saga of love and war, John Grisham has given us a sprawling and engrossing story about a southern family, a global conflict, and the kinds of secrets that can shape all of us. From the courtrooms and jails of rural Mississippi to the war-torn Pacific, Grisham spins a tale that is at once entertaining and illuminating (Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of America)
John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang - and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be (Jodi Picoult, internationally bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things)
When a master of storytelling and suspense takes on one of the most wrenching stories in history, the result is a book that will break your heart, set your blood pumping and your mind racing, and leave you gasping for breath by the final page. I'm still trying to recover from The Reckoning (Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic)
A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga, a coming-of-age story, a war narrative, a period piece: The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think he has made his case (USA Today)
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However, nothing prepared me for this utter load of rubbish! The storyline is incredibly weak, the characters are boring & the ending left me completely devoid of emotion, save a feeling of bewilderment that Grisham's pursuit of money should convince him to turn out such a sorry tale.
Take a couple of years off John, have a good vacation & then decide whether or not it's time to retire.
The first part covers the slaying of the local minister by Pete, head of an old southern family of cotton planters. with the reason for the killing never disclosed . I was hooked after a couple of pages. Why did he do it and why won't he put up a defence.
. The second part is his experience in the Pacific theatre of WW11 including the hellish Bataan death march. This is a different subject for Mr. G and it is thoroughly researched, skilfully written and gripping. Some other reviewers find this section too long and far too gruesome . To them I say that it happened and like the Nazi concentration camps should not be forgotten. Thank you John Grisham for reminding us of man's inhumanity to man and the grit and courage of those who survived.
The third section is the next generation and the aftermath of the murder trial . Again beautifully written and holding me to the last page.
An interesting read but not up to the usual high standard I have come to expect from John Grisham.