Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Book Review Madness - The Reckoning by John Grishham

 John Grisham is a reliable author. He tells a good tale, has strong characters, and still surprises at the end. The Reckoning (from 2018) is an entertaining read and page turner. This was a library book sale find  for a dollar and both Ray and I got our money's worth. 

It's 1946 and Pete Banning is a war hero, runs a prominent family farm in Clanton MS, and is a faithful Methodist church member. So why, on a cool October morning, did he go shoot the pastor and friend, Rev. Dexter Bell?

His only statement, "I have nothing to say."

cover blurb - John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during WWII; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete's defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

I won't write more, won't give anything away. It was easy to jump to conclusions, but worth moving along each chapter and uncovering more motives. Just a solid book with a very likeable hero/villain in Pete Banning.  Worth a dollar or a checkout from the library.   Enjoy


  1. Hi Joanne - you're right his books are always good to read - thanks for this on 'The Reckoning' ... and sounds there'll be some interesting history ... cheers Hilary

    1. He is consistent and yet always has a new twist somewhere. His characters have compassion. It was a good one for $1 at the library book sale.