Review: The Brethren — John Grisham

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To Go: 50

Book List
41. The Gift — Nora Roberts
42. A Winter Solstice Celebration — DiDi LeMay
43. Limitless — Alan Glynn
44. Stuff White People Like — Christian Lander
45. The Nature of Jade — Deb Caletti
46. The Time Traveler’s Wife — Audrey Niffenegger
47. The Forgotten Waltz — Anne Enright
48. One Day — David Nicholls
49. The Fifth Witness — Michael Connelly
50. The Brethren — John Grisham


I may have accidentally grabbed a photo of the audio book.

I’m halfway through the challenge! Party time!

Three former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison, referred to as the Brethren, meet daily in the prison law library to dispense a little justice, jailhouse-style, for the other inmates. But that’s not all they get up to; during their stint in jail, they’re executing an extortion scheme that will get them very rich, very fast. A presidential election that’s gripping the nation is developing in the background, and the timing couldn’t be better — because the Brethren just found their perfect victim.

I actually got this book from one of my dad’s friends, and it looked pretty interesting. I had heard good things about John Grisham, but I have to admit that The Brethren didn’t grab my attention right away. It started slow, seemed utterly boring, and the only reasons I forced myself to continue with it were because a) I have yet to actually turn down a book this year and b) I was on a treadmill when I started it and needed to pass the time.

I am happy to report that it did get better — the plot came together in a surprising twist, the characters, while mostly unlikeable, were nuanced and three-dimensional, and the story elicited a strong response from me (read as: I was cursing at the characters because they were all stupid and/or cruel).

I think it’s worth a read because, even though the start is a little shaky, the plot is solid when it really gets going. The conclusion was great (if not exactly what I wanted from the novel) and closed up the book nicely.

Next book: The Brass Verdict — Michael Connelly (Dad got me the second LL book for my birthday!)

Next feature: A review of a ballet, a play, or the profile of DiDi LeMay

– Kelsey

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