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Camino Island: A Novel Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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The characters really drive the novel, and I found them very engaging. Mercer, Bruce, Noelle, and the supporting cast are all interesting and fun, and carried the novel even more than the plot, which was solid but could have used a little more development in a few spots. I was originally expecting a few more "thriller" elements, but I'm actually glad that Grisham did not include chases or high suspense, because I think they would have weakened the story in the end. The book is consistent in plot and tone, and I read it straight through with no desire to take a break.
On the whole, this is a solid and enjoyable read, and definitely one of Grisham's best efforts in recent years.
So what, you might ask, was good enough to earn the book three stars? Well - the basic storyline (minus the aggravating heroine) was fun. The theft, the things that led to the capture of some thieves, the underlying story of a man who turned a small bookstore into a fantastic business, and the well written discussions of various authors - known and unknown kept my interest. I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of Hemingway and that group of like minded authors - and while I'm not sure it was intentional, Grisham turns them into somewhat humorous failures as human beings in spite of their adulation as authors. The author is a good writer and tosses imaginative nuggets throughout the story that made me laugh and want to keep reading, even if I wasn't fond of a few of the characters. I had no desire to stay up all night finishing the book, but I don't think it was meant to be an all night thriller - just a very pleasant read for lovers of books and book business.
I wouldn't buy this as a hardcover - but for a Kindle, or in paperback, or from your local library - it's a fun read for a book lover.
I've been reading Grisham's books for a while, so this read was in no wise new to me, author wise. What was new to me was that I've been reading a lot of other authors lately and forgot how good this writer is in putting together a story. I don't re tell story lines in my reviews. I figure the writer does a pretty good job of it, so why a reviewer feels compelled to re tell/summarize a read doesn't take me anywhere.
Plot is always compelling in a Grisham book. Likewise, character development is important as well. I don't feel that rising action, etc., is as important as flow of story. Grisham's books "flow". One page follows another to the end without any "filler" in between. When a writer runs out of ideas how to advance the story, I get bored and put the read down. That's never been my experience with this writer. I feel like I am walking along with the character throughout, getting the message they are telling. Grisham's books are that good. "Camino Island" is in the same category.