|April 23, 2018||Posted by admin under Crime, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller|
Written by John Grisham
Published by Doubleday
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Crystal Constable
Publication date: March 2018
Review posted on: April 22, 2018
I got to snuggle up with this book and a warm cup of coffee on a day that I didn’t feel so great. I wanted something to keep my mind busy while my body was busy fending off a cold. It worked. I truly enjoyed every page of this book. One of the things I truly enjoy about John Grisham’s writing style is his ability to keep you guessing, and not waiting until the end of the book to point out a flaw in your theory. It makes a story much more enjoyable when you have your hypothesis proved wrong and you have to make a new one before the end of the book.
The story had some wonderful characters and made each and every one of them memorable in some way. Some had incredible personalities, some had a flair for style, and some were just plain crazy! And unlike most books, each character didn’t have a specified role in the overall plot but were just there to amuse the reader. I quite enjoyed this concept! It definitely helped throw a wrench into some of my speculations.
The story starts out with a fast paced and exciting explanation of how some priceless books ended up on the black market. You are quickly absorbed into the heist and rooting for the thieves to prevail. Once the books are loaded up you get to meet the main character of the book. Mercy is a young and talented writer who is taking a break from writing as a teacher but is being thrown back into the writing world working as a spy for the people who wish to recover the stolen books. Each page from this point on has you racing to the next. As Mercy integrates herself into the world of Bruce Cable, an established bookstore owner with a reputation for dealing with rare books, she quickly finds herself caught in the excitement and maybe even falling a little for Bruce. Can she help find the stolen books? Or does she really even want to know where they are?
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