The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Size: 2.5 MB
Score: 4
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#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.
“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”
USA Today
 October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son—a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime.  Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.
In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.


  • The Reckoning

    By ShortshiftMX5
    There are certain aspects of books written by Mr. Grisham that make them fun, interesting and educational. This book contains none of them. Very disappointing and pretty much a waste of time. It’ll be a very long time before I am tempted to spend money on another book by Mr. Grisham.
  • The Reckoning

    By wiggold
    It’s time for Grisham to quit resting on his laurels and take pride in his work or retire. This is a weak story and poorly written. The reader does not need another summary of the battles in the PI. Take out the history and the reader is left a with a predictable tale.
  • The Reckoning

    By SleepnSeattle
    I’m an avid reader of most genres and a JG fan since the beginning like most. He’s an excellent writer which is why we keep reading. Definitely a why verses who, as previous reviewers have stated. Liked the historical fiction as a woman from Mississippi who has ironically visited the actual locations on the other side of the world which JG focused the history on. Not a “happy-ever-after” or a “justice served”. Still a good read and a page turner.
  • Awful!

    By Rgirl2
    I simply wanted to get to the end and be done with it. Too long, wordy, and dismal.
  • Not good

    By wdc526
    First time I have ever written a review but I felt the need to not let others make the same mistake I did and actually read the book. You can take a nap from about chapter 3 until the very last 2 pages.....
  • The Reckoning

    By ptcmomo5
    Grisham’s story telling in this novel is with very little enthusiasm or color. The most interesting part is the war history, but that gets long. Interesting concept but written like a weather report. Disappointed.
  • Not A Pleasant Read.

    By Babyroywa
    A dark, depressing, often boorish tale whose only redemption is the middle part that focuses on the horrors of WW2 in the Philippines. If you are looking for a pleasant read, this isn’t it!
  • Pretty dry and depressing

    By Battlebrite
    If I’m honest, this book did have some good sections. You just had to read a lot of boring and unnecessary details to get to the good stuff. The whole of part two was pretty intense, but in parts one and three I found myself skimming and skipping pages until I found events that carried the main plot throughout the book. After finishing it and finding out the big reveal, it left me feeling like a deflated balloon and a bad taste in my mouth. What was the point?
  • Not for me....

    By cvttreds
    I agree with the others in that it was boring, long, and not written in true Gresham style. By the time I got to the reason for the book, I could not recover my interest and was extremely disappointed that I spent money on it.
  • Awful

    By LuluNinetails
    A real page-skipper. Started ok but then you are mired in a mystery when finally resolved, is nothing but sad, cruel, and 100% unsatisfying.