Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Confession by John Grisham
I think John Grisham is sort of the Jane Austen of the mystery and suspense genres, and I mean that in the best possible way, because I'm a Jane freak. I don't think I've ever read a Grisham book that I haven't liked, but this one was really good. A page turner, maybe even cant-put-downable. There are some good little video links on this amazon.com page. Back to Jane Austen; in her wonderful, timeless novels, everyone gets their due, good or bad. Grisham is a bit more realistic than that, but that's ok, because it's a totally different genre. Jane IS her own genre. But what I always look forward to in a Grisham book, is this same, satisfying conclusion, where justice really does win for the most part. I love seeing the good be validated, and I LOVE seeing the bad guys get their butts kicked. The comeuppance, the justice in everyday life that we have all wanted ever since we were little kids. So, the story is that there's a serial killer running around, a young woman disappears, and the wrong man has gone to prison. And the police put him there, because, desperate for a conviction, they took the easy route and set up the wrong man, who is now the supreme victim in all this. Enter various other characters, such as the missing girl's mother, who puts all her energy and life into this wrongful conviction. A young Baptist pastor who inexplicably finds himself right smack in the middle of all this. The small Texas town itself becomes a character, and it comes alive on the pages, right down to the high school football scene that is so famous in Texas. The clock is ticking for the innocent man on death row, and the real killer is running around loose, free to kill again. Just a good read, a nice break from all the heavy literature. And I, for one, am getting this for my husband for a Christmas present!