I love reading series and sequels. So when I learned about John Grisham’s sequel to his first legal thriller, A Time to Kill, coming out soon, I realized that I hadn’t read it yet. So now I have.
A ten-year-old girl is gang-raped and almost killed by two redneck scumbags. She has to live with the nightmare her whole life, and her family also has to deal with the tragedy.
The people in this little town ask themselves and others the burning question: Should you trust the judicial system to deal with the perpetrators, or should you take justice into your own hands?
The paperback of A Time to Kill is 655 pages long, but every single page is not only worth reading but is enjoyable too. That’s how engaging and good his prose is. The novel has everything you want in a thriller: well-drawn characters, high stakes, multi-layered plot, nail-biting suspense, and conflict upon conflict upon conflict. Oh, it’s laced with humor too, despite the serious subject. And humor is exactly what we readers need, sometimes, to get through serious, heart-rending events described in a novel.
Grisham, a lawyer himself, demonstrates his intimate knowledge of legal matters and court procedures, as well as his great understanding of racial issues in the South.
The novel would be a great choice for discussions with friends, family, or in a book club.
I loved the main characters in A Time to Kill and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, Sycamore Row, which is coming out in October.