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message 1: by Carrie (new)

Carrie I felt the exact same way! I only finished it because of my hang up with leaving a book unfinished.


message 2: by Jelantik (new)

Jelantik the same here. the most boring detective novel ever .. I don't even have any interest to finish it


message 3: by Pat (new)

Pat I have read 30 % of this book after having read several books by this author and I do not like this one. It is hard to believe it is by the same author. I think I will call it quits and not read the rest of it. Boring and not a good reading experience!


message 4: by Manda (new)

Manda i agree with you. the book does not compare well with his fiction - I felt his descriptions in the first half before the legal bits and pieces started was particularly poor.


message 5: by Christina (new)

Christina Ack... I'm halfway through and really want to abandon ship. I love Grisham but this one is agonizing.


message 6: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Couldn't agree more. It was painful to get through. Thought it would never end! Not very Grisham-like at all!


message 7: by Giri (new)

Giri Dv This review exactly echoes my review also. I read the others' reviews after I wrote my review - and I was surprised the book had good ratings from so many people - very surprising indeed.


message 8: by Maura (new)

Maura Seymour This book is non-fiction. Hence the detail.


message 9: by Eleanor (new)

Eleanor I'm currently half way through and am very bored! Don't like abandoning books half way through but think my time would be better served reading something I actually find interesting!


message 10: by Rick (new)

Rick Afraid you got this one wrong.


message 11: by Christa (new)

Christa JoAnna You should probably read more non-fiction books. Broaden your mind a bit.


message 12: by Rick (new)

Rick Don't think you got this right. Reading plenty of nf. Sorry but you are definitely in the minority when reading other reviews.
Perhaps widening your perspective might help.


message 13: by Joanne (new)

Joanne It is not a NOVEL.


message 14: by Joanne (new)

Joanne It is not a NOVEL.


message 15: by Joanne (new)

Joanne It is not a NOVEL.


message 16: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Duerksen It's tough to read, but he had to be thorough with everything because it was non-fiction and a social critique on real events.


message 17: by Sheila (new)

Sheila D liked the book


message 18: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Troske You do realize this was non-fiction... The man can't retell what wasn't there or didn't happen. I thought it was fantastic. Truly heartbreaking story. If you don't like truth, or are bored by details (which sounds completely idiotic to me), then don't read non-fiction in the first place.


message 19: by Valerie Newton (new)

Valerie Newton This book is not for entertainment purposes. It's very interesting and terribly sad that we live in a country where mental illness is ignored and prosecutors care more about a "win" than ruining someone's life. I'm really appalled at the negative reviews here when this man's life was totally destroyed and John Grisham did an excellent job of telling his story. It's pathetic that this story is being deemed "boring."


message 20: by Laura (new)

Laura Maynor I couldn't even finish it. It was just too boring.


message 21: by Ron (new)

Ron Collins I was able to stay with it by skimming the tedious portions which began in earnest about midway.


message 22: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Haller What unnecessary details? Those little details are some of what freaked me out the most. Weekly tours of death row by tourists... The fact they dug up someone from the grave to retake fingerprints?? The little details are what make this book.


message 23: by Jay (new)

Jay Hancock Maybe you should just stick with fiction, since you obviously don't understand what true crime is.


message 24: by Justin (new)

Justin BORING?? Nonsense. This is one of the best books I have ever read! Powerful, compelling, and tragic almost beyond belief.


message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan I agree that there was a great deal of seemingly unnecessary detail. If it had been fiction an editor would have worked their magic, but that said, some of the detail in the beginning would up in the end to be significant, or at least, tied in. There were details like the prostitutes ribbing him or strip dancer and her family moving in that could have been left out, but it showed that repeatedly, Ron had a big heart, but couldn't manage himself. At first I thought all the church stuff was un-necessary, but when the sister's church turned their backs on him (and her) after he was proven innocent and victimized, it showed the hypocrisy of seemingly Christian people. It also showed that his and his sister's faith didn't waiver, even when the humans let them down.


message 26: by Lois (new)

Lois Vanderfeen I felt the same way. It is possibility the most boring book I have ever read. I am only 20% finished but doubt I will finish it. Too much baseball and every small detail along the way.


message 27: by Todd (new)

Todd Schafer I totally disagree. I found the descriptions to be exceedingly on point. It was hard for me to believe this was non-fiction the way justice was not served.


message 28: by Diana (last edited 23 hours, 54 min ago) (new)

Diana This is a true story about innocent men going to prison and death row for many years!! No one was listening and looking at the facts! The police decided who was quilty and built their case on that. The more I read of the story, the more horrified I was that this injustice occurred. John Grisham is an excellent writer and he didn't make this up!


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