Book Title: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham
Book Format: Paperback
Obtained: From retail store.
My Rating: 5 stars
Published: 8/19/2014 by Random House Publishing Group
John Grisham takes you back to where it all began. One of the most popular novels of our time, A Time to Kill established John Grisham as the master of the legal thriller. Now we return to Ford County as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.
Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?
As I am working my way back into the swing of reviewing books I decided to begin with my all-time favorite author, John Grisham, and his latest paperback, Sycamore Row. As he takes us back to where it all began, Ford County, Mississippi, he tells us a story as gripping as his original. It was literally a book that I could not put down...unless I absolutely had to.
As the synopsis states, Seth leaves a last minute handwritten, perfectly legal, holographic will that shocks all parties involved; his children, his short-term maid, his posthumously declared estate lawyer, the judge, and even the county. They all know that this last minute will is about to start another battle within the county, one that might even rival the famous trial from a few years back that made Jake Brigance famous.
The story will take you through a series of emotions. It even had me on the verge of tears a couple times. There were also a couple times where it had me laughing a bit. If you are a fan of legal thrillers, stories of someone trying to correct an injustice, or just a fan of reading some good writing then I would highly recommend picking this book up and giving it a look. I promise that you will not be disappointed.