My rating: 1 of 5 stars
It’s been a long time since I wanted to give up and quit reading a book. Also, a long time since I’ve talked back to a book so much. I generally really enjoy John Grisham’s books, and was really looking forward to this one, so I was surprised at how much this novel disappointed.The major theme of the book is strip mining for coal. While I appreciate learning something new, while being entertained, I don’t know anyone who enjoys heavy-handed didactic sanctimonious rhetoric. If you found that last phrase painfully redundant, then you’re going to detest the strip mining information in this book, which is dry, repetitive and far too lengthy for the purpose of advancing the story.
Lots of facts about black lung disease and how the coal mining companies are cheating their workers out of benefits but very little story. A political statement disguised as a work of fiction.
Too many clichés. Really, Mr. Grisham? Was this your first book and you are just now publishing it?
And the book could have been half as long if the author had not told the same story, using the same lines, multiple times. Seriously, you already said that using the exact words!
Proof that the John Grisham who wrote this book is “not” the John Grisham I have read in the past.
Really, I think Janet Evanovich has a new pen name…