Sycamore Row by John Grisham
(Knopf Doubleday, 2013, 464 pages)
John Grisham takes you back to where it all began . . .
John Grisham’s A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial – a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history.
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 all 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?
I just finished reading Sycamore Row and could not put it down! I used to read John Grisham all the time and for whatever reason I stopped. Well, after three of my co-workers read Sycamore Row and recommended it, I thought I would read it too to see what all the hype was about it. I went into it thinking, it’s just another one of his legal novels. What could be so different with this one? Let me tell you, it’s good and then some!! John Grisham did a fine and dandy job with this one. It’s a page-turner that grabs you on the first page and doesn’t let go until the last sentence on the last page. There are so many twists and turns, plots and sub-plots, surprises and disappointments. I enjoyed it so much, I hated to see it end.
Sycamore Row is wonderfully written, you feel as though you are right there with Jake Brigance throughout the book. I could not put it down. If you enjoy a great mystery then this is the book for you. I REALLY hope they consider making this into a movie. I’ll leave you with this note: A fantastic book. One of Grisham’s best. I highly recommend it.
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