Book Club – The Last Juror By John Grisham


I’m not going to lie, but when I received last month’s book in our Book club , I was definitely not as excited as I was when I received the previous month’s book – Bloom.

For some reason, I thought that I’d seen “the movie” and based on the inscription left inside by the previous reader – it seemed like an “average” or “ok” read.

Well, I didn’t see the movie – in fact, I’m not even sure if there was a movie made!

When I started reading the first few chapters, I really struggled to get into it but about 6 chapters in – I was hooked. In fact, I couldn’t put the book down. Then I got to the last few chapters, and it lost me again, but I had to finish it and find out how it all ends up.

Here’s the long and short of what it’s about:

In 1970, The Ford County Times, one of Mississipi’s more colourful weekly newspapers, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by 23-year-old college drop-out, Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

The murderer, Danny Padgitt, was tried before a packed courtroom in Clanton, Mississippi. The trial came to a startling, dramatic end when the defendant threatened revenge against the jurors if they convicted him. Nevertheless, they found him guilty, and he was sentenced to life in prison. 

But in Mississippi in 1970 ‘life’ didn’t necessarily mean ‘life’, and nine years later Danny Padgitt managed to get himself paroled. He returned to Ford County, and the retribution began.”

What I liked about the writing of this book, is that the characters were so well described, Grisham really does this well – it’s as if I got to know them personally. I think that’s what kept me reading because I was curious to see where everyone would end up.

Overall, I would say 7 out of 10.

This month I’m reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. I read one of his other books not too long ago, “The Kite Runner” – it was one of the best books I’ve and I’ve heard that this one isn’t too bad either.

I’ve just started it and so far, so good.. I will let you know!

Have a great week!




  1. catjuggles August 8, 2016

    A thousand splendid suns is fantastic I thought it was better that the Kite Runner. Grisham writes good books – never great I think but really good reads. He knows how to keep the tension line running well.

    • Hayley August 8, 2016

      I read a few more chapters of a thousand splendid suns last night and I am now on the verge of agreeing with you! I actually can’t wait to get home and get back into it 🙂

  2. Kim Muller August 10, 2016

    I’ve read a few of Grisham’s books and for me, this one was a bit meh. I loved, loved, loved A Thousand Splendid Suns!


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