The most boring Grisham novel I have read. Not your usual fast-paced thriller that keeps you hooked till the end. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens at all. The one turn is almost expected and leaves you 'so what?'. Lots of hiking, some sex, but a totally forgetful book, if not for the fact it bores you like no other. Still, I'll try more Grishams in the future, they tend to be good reads for long hauls and summer hols....Continua
non mi ha convinta.. personaggi interessanti, trama un po' meno e si dilunga troppo all'inizio
The beginning of the novel is as good as other typical John Grisham novels. But then it slows down. Samantha Kofer's style or character of uncommitting and not wanting to get involved in any matters has become more and more annoying. In fact, near the end, when Samantha finally decided to stay in Brady to help her clients fight the coal companies, I feel that it's like 180o opposite to her character. Too abrupt and unconvincing.
But we do learn quite a bit about the bitter life of coal miners who are terribly treated by the evil coal companies, and the black lung disease that many coal miners have suffered from. It's also interesting to learn that there are lawyers such as those of the "Mountain Legal Aid Clinic" to help the poor coal miners.
In the novel, it's mentioned probably only once that Mattie Wyatt has needed to raise money to maintain this "Mountain Legal Aid Clinic". While reading the novel, I've from time to time felt unrealistic that this "Legal Aid Clinic" could have found money to keep their heads above water. Compared to the poor hillybillies, the money that Mattie's clinic has got seems to have come from nowhere effortlessly, as there was no description for how hard Mattie has needed to raise funding for the clinic.
Overall, I think this may be the first novel that I've felt let down by this author. There are too many legal cases in the novel that are far from being closed and I guess a sequel is probably in the author's plan....Continua