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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday - "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham

Welcome back to #TBT - this week we're reviewing Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

Grisham, John. 2014.
General information
Paperback: 642 pages
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Dell Books
Series: Yes, #2 of the Jake Brigance series (however, I don't think it's necessary to read it in order)

What it's about
Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

Why I loved it

My dad first got me into John Grisham's book many years ago and I feel in love with the stories I was reading. I think that John Grisham is an incredibly writer. The fact that he can make me interested and sometimes a boring topic is amazing to me. Lawyer books can sometimes be boring and uninteresting full of technical terms that I really don't understand - however, Grisham pulls me in with the characters and I need to know what happens. When reading this book, I was in awe at how awful Hubbard's children were. And really that Hubbard wasn't an awful man, despite how his children turned out. I found myself really enjoying this book, and I'm certain that I will be adding more of his books to my "to-read" list.

Why you should read it
Do you like mystery books? How about books about law/lawyers? If you answered yes to either of those questions, I think you'll enjoy this book. If you've read other books by John Grisham, you won't be disappointed in picking this one up.

My rating
4/5 stars - It wasn't my absolute favorite book ever by a long shot. But it was better than just average for me.

Have you read Sycamore Row? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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