Today's post is written by my husband because he snagged this book before I could get my hands on it! Thank you Doubleday for this free review copy!
Synopsis: Pete Banning is a decorated War hero from a prominent family in Mississippi. After returning from the war and resuming his pre-war life, he suddenly and unexplainably murders his pastor. Pete is unwilling to mount a defense, and thus decides to take his secrets to the grave. Grisham takes us through racism, war and privilege, and everything in between, wrapped up in legal traditions, all while telling us a classic murder mystery story.
Grisham never disappoints. His ability to interweave multiple stories, culminating together in a grand finale, is legendary. His use of the judicial system and its intricacies to bridge gaps between the parallel stories adds suspense and intrigue that would normally not exist. He takes stories that would typically never find their way onto the pages of a book and make them riveting literary pieces!
My only “critique” of the book is that there were multiple near “endings”. The story would appear to be over, culminating in a suspenseful climax, only to play a “gotcha” and go in a different direction. Normally this would add to an even more suspenseful ending, but in this case the final climax was a bit over hyped.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.