By John Grisham
#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.”
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.
The Reckoning3By GreenrodeoAs I began reading this book, the deeper into it I got, the more I felt it was going to be one of the author’s best. The characters are richly developed, the scenes are painted so well with that you can visualize everything as though you are watching a movie. It could easily have been a five star book in my mind. The problem for me came at the end. It ended too abruptly. It was as though Grisham decided he’d had enough and wanted to move on. Definitely worth reading but disappointing at the end. One more chapter would have offered the chance to shape and end the story better. What direction were the siblings going to take with their lives? Even an epilogue would have been welcomed. SPOILER WARNING: After receiving the truth behind the tragedies in their family you were left with nothing. Their aunt’s will regarding her land? Land adjacent to their father’s, legally stolen by an overly ambitious attorney. So many more questions with no hint of answers.
The Reckoning1By bubba S.M.Weak story, slow read, extraordinary amount of words for little drama. Big waste of time
History and Great Story5By wingrider54This is the story of a small family in Canton, Mississippi, and their cotton farm during the 1940’s-1950. It contains deception and lies that play out around the Philippines, World War II, and the Bataan death march. If you don’t know the history of this, you’re in for shock and admiration. The rest of the story before and after is captivating for the family of 4, their eccentric aunt, and the other characters, in early 20th century Mississippi.
The Reckoning2By alagotTedious and disjointed. A disappointing read.
The Reckoning2By Lawarner68Was so disappointed. Just not what I expected from John Grisham. Was not worth the price!
Just read4By DimitriTubeI just read the sample, not even the book yes it still brings me joy, I could read this all day.
Don't!1By Dr. Jack B.I love Grisham. Not this one! Felt ripped off. Wasted my time. Yuk. Yuk.
The Reckoning1By bucknermanWhat a waste of money and time. Grisham needs to return to the courtroom. To read hundreds of pages describing the Bataan Death March was an insult and total fodder to beef up a book that lead to a zero conclusion. VERY DISAPPOINTED
The reckoning5By gg flashA great work of a great writer could not put it down hope this becomes a movie
Slow to start3By Yellow girlSAI went into this book expecting a legal drama typical of Grisham. What I found was an interesting story about a time when your skin color greatly affected your actions and those around you. That is still true today. There is a lot of background in this book, which at times seems to go on forever. However, true to Grisham, the end is shocking. Don’t give up on the lengthy chapters. It is well worth it in the end.