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The Summons by John Grisham
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Sep 06, 2010

liked it

I remember reading this book all night, this was the First John Grisham book I read and I liked it. I'm quite surprised to find out that a lot of people find the plot uninteresting.

There's nothing wrong with the plot - it's fairly standard, a bit soul searching, a chance to delve into father son relationships - in other words, it has potential. But when I look back on the writing style and the choices of what bits to emphasise and work on, Grisham really let the story down. Which is a shame, because with a little more cheap thriller action and a bit more content this story could have packed an engaging punch. I liked the characterisation of Ray as pretty decent bloke, and Harry Rex was good stuff, the reader in me was left wanting more from Forrest, more from the town, more from the people, and generally, just more closure all round. The story lacked the studied dedication of His best ''A time to Kill'' or the racy thrills of '' The Firm''

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