The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 5,322 Ratings)

Description

#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.
 
“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”
USA Today
 
 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, and committed a shocking crime.  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.
           
In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.

Reviews

  • I Could Not Finish It

    2
    By hwy21
    I am a huge Grisham fan. I have read every novel he ever published...save this one. I had to lay it down midway through the book. He does a great job as usual with character development, but it was just too graphic for my taste. I get it that the author is making a statement against capital punishment and the horrors war, which I too am against. But I don’t need to see it in something that I want to read for leisure. I didn’t expect it, and I was disappointed. But, that’s just me, and I look forward to reading his next one, The Guardian.
  • Semi good

    2
    By Junem1
    The story of the murder was completely under-developed and didn’t come to a conclusion. Many, many plot lines left hanging. I would rate that part of the novel a negative 3 stars. It could have been great. Sadly it wasn’t. The middle of the novel describing the Japanese/American conflict was extremely well written and held my attention. Stirred many emotions: fear, anger, sorrow, anticipation, etc. I could easily rate the Bataan death march narration 5 stars. The difference in the different sections is why over-all I rated this book at only two stars. It felt like Mr. Grisham reach the minimum number of required words for this book, so he ended it. Right then. Right there. No tying up loose ends. Lazy, sloppy writing, in my opinion. Could have been the beginning of a trilogy, one of the great American novels. What a shame it wasn’t developed.
  • Worst Grisham book

    1
    By mglpe
    Sooo slow and boring.
  • The Reckoning by John Grisham

    1
    By Glenview reader
    For those of you who loved Grisham and The Firm, The Pelican Brief and The Client, forget THIS. Over the years, his books have become much less thrilling and much more maudlin and even gory. This book was the worst yet. I am finished - won’t read another Grisham again.
  • The reckoning

    2
    By Boomerbass
    Not one of my favorites by This author. It seems as it the ending, which contained an explanation for the entire plot was an afterthought put together in an effort to provide a justification. Disappointing for sure.
  • Disappointing

    1
    By wishihadmoretimetoread
    I am a HUGE fan. It started out good, lagged big time through the middle. And ended, ok. I will be more cautious before buying next Grisham book.
  • F***ing Brilliant

    5
    By Alexscott88
    The story is grabbing and nerve rattling. Every page a roller coaster of emotions leaving you in the edge of your seat. So wonderfully written. John Grisham for president.
  • The Reckoning

    5
    By Ricecho
    Absolutely the most riveting, spellbinding book John Grisham has ever written. This is historical fiction at its VERY FINEST!!! I read some very negative reviews before I bought this book, some people wanting a refund, very disappointed with the ending. Real life doesn’t always end well, so write your own novel if you can do better. I’d never let a bad review stop me from reading one of Grisham’s novels. I’ve read them all, I’ll continue to read anything he writes. My father was captured in the Ardennes Forest in December 1944, and remained in German POW camps until his liberation in April 1945. As a little girl, I listened to his stories wide-eyed. He never berated his captors; the Germans knew the war in Europe was over, and they were starving too. Some even gave their overcoats to American prisoners who were freezing. In this book, I was equally enamored reading about the Bataan Death March. My mouth was open, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I wanted more. The Germans did nothing to torture my father or his fellow prisoners like the Japanese tortured theirs, and I am very thankful my Dad came home basically unscathed. He’s still with us now at 97 years old. Thank you, Mr. Grisham, for allowing me to see, hear, and feel what it was like for those men who actually marched, many to their deaths, so that I can live free in this God-anointed land we call America. Waiting anxiously for your next novel!
  • The reckoning

    3
    By ArclightNite
    Not his best
  • What went wrong

    2
    By Doug Kinney
    I bought the book despite the poor reviews. As it turns out, I agree with all the reviews – they were accurate.

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