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Camino Island: A Novel Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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- Publisher : Doubleday; First Edition (June 6, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385543026
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385543026
- Lexile measure : 860L
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.46 x 1.22 x 9.53 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. I had to double-check several times to make sure it wasn't an abridged version.
2. I also, seriously, double-checked to make sure it was a John Grisham novel.
Ok, the laundry list:
1. This book was begging for a subplot about the circumstances around grandma's death. Characters were introduced and the set-up was there.... and then, just nothing.
2. Our protagonist was milk-toast. You neither hate nor like her much.
3. There was seriously NO intrigue, no twist, no turns, no suspense, no mystery... just boring and obvious.
4. No cleverness factor. You can't write a heist novel and have no clever heist things happening. The one or two attempts were pretty weak and again - obvious.
5. Did I miss something? The way the story played up the question of whether or not the Cable's were married made you think it would eventually be relevant to the plot. It wasn't. Very odd.
6. The dangerous aspect of one of the thief's was weird. Early on you think he will factor into the plot on the suspense side of things. He ends up being one more character who kind of disappears from the book, for most of it.
7. I thought it was kind of strange we never had any interaction with the sister.
8. Terrible, terrible ending. It fit the rest of the book though. Anti-climactic and boring.
9. The guy running on the beach? Character sort-of introduced, and then.... nothing.
This book was so short. Makes me think the intention was originally for a longer book and to cover more ground but for some reason it got slashed down to a "short" story. That would help explain the oddness of things, people, etc., that were briefly introduced and then never mentioned again. would have needed to be twice as long to cover the ground it teased it would. If you're going to write a short heist story, it's got to be tight, clever and interesting. This book was the opposite.
We have a gang of thieves who stole very valuable original transcripts of some classic books. Then we have an enigmatic, boisterous book keeper who may or may not be a criminal. Then we have the struggling writer who worms her way into a world she wasn't ready for.
This book is exciting, intriguing, and fun. I read this book in almost no time at all. I couldn't put it down. I almost didn't want it to end. The characters are fun and quirky. The mystery keeps you on your toes. The book isn't too deep where you get lost in the muck.
I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. I want to see what these characters get themselves into next. It's sure to be more quirky, mysterious fun.
An unhappy writer/adjunct professor was recruited to help get the manuscripts back. Sounds good, but she could not possibly be more dull. She whines her way through a flat plot, collecting intel on a bookstore owner suspected to having stolen the manuscripts.
Even as I'm writing this, I'm thinking, this could have been good!
It isn't. It feels like a half-hearted effort to meet a deadline. There is no suspense. There are no plot twists. There is very little resolution. It is impossible to care about any of the characters. Even the setting is off. The story is set in a fictional island near Jacksonville, yet it does not have any of the charm of that area. It reads more like a mash-up of Miami and Cape Cod.
Even with its odd beachy juxtaposition of a seaside Ritz Carlton and nearby nesting turtles, it is not worth adding to any list of beach reads.
PS - And what the heck was the whole Denny side story about? He sold the manuscripts and then what - he was going to steal them back? Who knows and, more importantly, who cares?
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The plot is feeble, yes it has a little bit of a twist but in all honesty it's more of a kink than a twist and you could see it coming a mile off; there's so suspense; there are no surprises; the characters are so poorly developed and unlikeable; frankly there's just a lot of nothing happening between the [book's] covers. In a word it's: half-hearted (that's really two words but you get the point).
Read only if it’s the last book on the shelf; you have been warned.
It's lumpy, disconnected, drones on and on and one gets the feeling that really a lot of it is just a space filler.
Here's a spoiler: by the time you get not even halfway through the book, you will have very strong suspicions as to whodunnit. And you'll be right.
I've been a big fan of John Grisham for many years that this stuff is sluggish and tired and I'm sorry I paid good money for it.