The latest John Grisham paperback - A Painted House - is terrible. Law thrillers are Mr Grisham's strength, and he should stick to them. This one reads like a (bad) kids book with not much plot, cut-out characters, and no feeling. Luke Chandler's family are cotton farmers in a town reliant on migrant workers in the picking season. These bring trouble and cause problems for all involved. Big deal. Luke is only seven years old, and it is his story that is told. This adds interest, but ultimately fails to disguise the novel's shortcomings. I strongly advise you not to bother with this book.
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