Published: October 22, 2013, paperback July 2014
Author: John Grisham
A few months before reading this I read The Confession for the second time within less than 12 months. I never re-read books (unless it is Harry Potter). So when I discovered Grisham had a new book out I was stomach butterfly excited!
I downloaded Sycamore Row as soon as I could and completely devoured the book like a lioness who has gone without zebra for weeks. The book followed Jake Brigance, a solicitor introduced in an earlier book ‘A Time to Kill’. I haven’t yet read A Time to Kill, however I happened upon the film one evening and was emotionally gripped, one of the best films I ever seen due to a dramatic storyline and a brilliant acting.
Back to Sycamore Row, it follows the aftermath of the death of a wealthy cancer stricken Southern man, Seth Hubbard, leaving his estate to his black house cleaner and naming Jake Brigance as the estate’s solicitor. Big sparks fly as Seth’s children and Grand children contest the decision made in his last, hand written Will claiming he was under duress or that he was too poorly to be in his right mind.
What is so superb about this story, is the way that Grisham can have you gripped to every word on the page as you eagerly urge the characters to discover just a thread of information. A truely captivating read that once again draws on the racial segregation of Southern America.
I think the ending is the best part, you must read it!