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Book Review: Camino Island by John Grisham

 Camino Island

John Grisham


RRP: $34.99


This is, so far, my surprise book of the year. Why? Because I LOVED it. And it’s written by John Grisham.

I thought I’d done my share of Grisham reading and it was behind me – after all there were only so many “young lawyer take son the established legal world/big corporation” storylines I could manage. I mean, I’d enjoyed them once upon a time, but enough was enough.

But in this novel, I’d almost swear it wasn’t him writing! Firstly there was a strong female character throughout and not a courtroom to be seen.

This is a story about books – about stealing books – expensive books and it was awesome.

From the first pages I could not get enough. The book was fast paced, but didn’t skip over important moments, it was snappy but didn’t feel disjointed.

There were two things I really enjoyed in this book; firstly I learnt heaps – about stuff I had no idea I wanted to know about and secondly the focus of the book seemed to change subtly throughout the novel, so whilst you were immersed in one character at one stage of the book, you’d find you’d almost forgotten about them and switched allegiances without noticing – and this happened more than once. Brilliant writing.

I enjoyed this book so much the second I was finished I passed it to my husband and said, quick, read this, I want to talk to you about it. He’s a SLOW reader, so I thought it would be week, if not months, before I could dissect it with him. But he too devoured it, and enjoyed it.

This book is a total winner. Both for those who love Grisham, those who thought they were over him and those who’ve never heard of him. It’s just a great book, that happens to have been written by a well-known name – don’t let it put you off (if it would); he’s back and better than ever!

About the Author

John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specialising in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. One day, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987.

His next novel, The Firm, spent 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and became the bestselling novel of 1991. Since then, he has written one novel a year, including The Client, The Pelican Brief, The Rainmaker and The Runaway Jury.Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of non-fiction, three sports novels, five kids’ books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

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