John Grisham's The Guardians
Updated: Mar 14
I was given this book for Christmas and it was much better than I expected. It wasn't a classic page-turning thriller in the manner of the old Grisham (eg The Firm or Pelican Brief) but it had a good storyline and was well told. Without spoiling the plot line, it is about an innocence lawyer, Cullen Post, who joins an outfit called The Guardians that help prisoners on death row to appeal their sentence. The story follows the plight of one convicted murderer, Quincy Miller, and Post's attempts to prove him innocent - or otherwise. Unusually for Grisham, the ending was fairly predictable, but this didn't seem to detract from the readability that much. I found his choice of character names confusing: however - perhaps after writing so many books Grisham finds, like I do, naming characters something of a challenge. It kept me having to go back and forth to remember who various people were. Apart from that, I would say this was a good, if gentle holiday read, and I would recommend it. I'd rate it midway between a 4 and 5 stars out of 5. Let me know if any of you agree with me or not, by the way.