Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review of John Grisham's Sycamore Row



Let me begin my review of Sycamore Row by stating that I am a big fan of John Grisham, devouring nearly book he's ever written. Sadly, this wasn't the case with Sycamore Row

I think I would be remiss as a reviewer if I failed to express when something didn't meet my expectations. Given the fact that John Grisham penned this book, I had high hopes going in. Unlike other authors, I judge Grisham's books based on my opinions of his other work (which has been almost exclusively good). If I were to hold Sycamore Row up to novels written by other authors, I wouldn't have been nearly as disappointed.

Sycamore Row is sometimes described as a sequel to Grisham's A Time to Kill

Like A Time to Kill, Sycamore Row is a courtroom drama involving a lawyer named Jake Brigance. The story opens with a very intriguing look into the suicide of Seth Hubbard, a wealthy man who, at the last minute, cuts his family out of his will and gives his fortune to his African American housekeeper. Thus begins a very heated court battle. Unfortunately, the plot line fizzles out from there, at least in my mind.

One of the things I admire most about John Grisham is that he takes on the issue of racial discrimination in many of his novels http://www.jgrisham.com/
I appreciate that Grisham is able to make a point about social injustice without getting too preachy. However, some of that was lost on me in Sycamore Row because I thought the plot moved too slowly.

If anyone but John Grisham had written Sycamore Row, it probably would have garnered a higher rating on my GoodReads Page. However, because I think so highly of Grisham's writing, I'm only going to award Sycamore Row two stars because I just didn't think it stacked up to his other work.

Ending on a happy note, I'm looking forward to reading what Grisham comes up with next!

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