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Not what I expected from a John Grisham novel
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 18, 2014
Although I remain a fan of John Grisham and his beloved Ford County, I found this book to be lacking in many ways. First off, I found myself wondering where the story was going over and over. The book is split into three parts, unusual for a Grisham novel. Second, I found myself bored by the pacing. This is not a high intensity, edge of your seat, sit up all night reading to find out what will happen next book. At times I was actually bored. I also found it frustrating that some main characters from Clanton, specifically Jake Brigance and Ozzie Walls, are not mentioned in this book. I found it unpleasant to view Lucian as a rabid defender of a guilty as sin rapist and murderer. I had always viewed him as gruff and cantankerous, but good and decent at heart in A Time To Kill. This is not the Lucian Wilbanks of The Last Juror. I loathed him.
Overall, I am glad to have gotten to know Ford County a little better, although I have to admit that I struggled to stay with the story to the end. Not his best work, but a decent read nonetheless.