My rating: 4 of 5 stars
After a busy week, I needed a quick read that didn’t get me too hooked and this was perfect. It was also my first experience of Grisham as an author. Sure, I’d sleepwalked through the movie adaptations of his novels, but I’d never felt the urge to pick up any of his books. Suffice to say, after this collection of short stories about small town life I will be.
Be warned though, some of the stories don’t make for easy reading: a family visiting their son on death row for the last time, a man ostracised by his family and community for his ‘condition’, but some will supply the odd wry smile and they’re mostly based on revenge.
What Grisham does well is write characters you can empathise with, even if they’re unlikeable (take note Sue Townsend ) to the extent that by the end of each story you feel for almost everybody caught in that situation.
This is a great ‘weekend/long journey’ book, but don’t think you’ll be able to do ‘just’ one story at a time. You’ll be onto the next on in no time.