Author: John Grisham
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book: I just started participating in my grandmother's book club, and this was their selection.
(Note: I mention why I choose the books I read in just about every post anyway, so I think I'm going to try the "why this book" as an extra section... If it becomes difficult to separate the reason from the comments, I'll drop it.)
I haven't read Grisham since I was a teen. At the time I enjoyed them (esp. The Runaway Jury, though I couldn't bring myself to ever watch the movie). So I don't know if this is a reflection of my changing reading tastes, or Grisham's writing, or what, but I dragged myself through this for the first half +. I had to finish it:
1) So I could discuss it when the club meets.
2) Because my grandmother decided she couldn't finish it (she read the first 19 chapters and last 7 chapters) - keeping in mind that she has no interest in "legal thrillers."
Here's the thing, the whole story is "Where'd this money come from?" and "Who else knows about it?" It didn't make for much of a plot to me.
The story did eventually pick up and I finished the book, but not without some frustration. And I didn't especially care for the ending. Not the who and why, but the way it was all resolved.
I wish I could remember what his writing was like, and what I enjoyed before. Too bad I didn't blog back then.