The Reckoning

The Reckoning

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, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Rev October 1946, Clanton, Mississippi Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son--a decorated World War II...

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Title:The Reckoning
Author:John Grisham
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Reckoning
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

The Reckoning Reviews

  • Travis Fortney
    Sep 08, 2018
    Somewhat of a departure for Grisham, though his recent books The Rogue Lawyer and The Rooster Bar haven't perfectly fit the mold of "legal thriller" (which he pretty much created) either. This one is about a World War II hero named Pete Banning who kills the preacher Dexter Bell for re...
  • Krissy
    Dec 12, 2018
    This did not work for me. It started out pretty interesting but died a quick death. It was just too long, dull, and depressing. The war flashbacks bored me to tears and I didn't understand why they were even included in the story. Don't go into this expecting some big twist at the end....
  • Amiee
    Oct 26, 2018
    I have enjoyed SO MANY Grisham books that he is on my "read anything he publishes" list...however this one could and should be avoided. ...
  • Kalen
    Nov 01, 2018
    This started out so promising. The first 1/4 of the book (give or take) was fantastic. And then we got to the courtroom scenes and aftermath which dragged on but it is a Grisham book so fair enough. The second part of the book is 100 pages or so of WWII combat, specifically in the Phil...
  • Hapzydeco
    Dec 23, 2018
    Set in the post-WW2 South. Not your typical John Grisham novel which usually focuses on legal thrillers. Actually this novel has three divergent stories. The author delves into WW II history, especially The Bataan Death March. Some reviewers may complain that this is not a page turner....
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 10, 2018
    4+. It has been a while since I have read a Grisham. Not sure why, but I can say I'm glad this is one I read. It combined my many book loves, a legal story, a mystery, which is really at the heart of this book, and a look back to a terrible time in history. It is the 1940' in the Jim C...
  • Misty
    Dec 29, 2018
    417 pages. Four HUNDRED and seventeen pages. For a story that could have been told...in fact SHOULD have been told...in about 250, and that is being generous. I liken this novel to a trip I once took with my parents when I was a child. We drove from Pennsylvania to Florida to visit my ...
  • Julie  Durnell
    Nov 03, 2018
    I liked this new Grisham novel so much! It was part the usual legal thriller but a smaller part; with a most unusual murder. More emphasis on Pete's year of service during WWII fighting the Japanese, which was so hard to read about but harder to put the book down; and the southern cott...
  • Suzanne
    Nov 12, 2018
    This novel was incredible! This is one of my favorite John Grisham?s novels since A Time to Kill. It was a powerful story with so much mystery right up to the end. I could not right for the secrets to be revealed, and they were not exactly what readers would predict. I seriously enjo...
  • Shoshana G
    Sep 12, 2018
    I hated this book. It was racist, sexist, and most damningly - boring. The way Grisham talked about the black characters was condescending and the way he talked about Mary Ann was both racist and sexist. The reasons behind the crime were obvious and boring. If Grisham wanted to write a...
  • Carolyn
    Oct 29, 2018
    3.5 stars. A Southern Gothic tragedy about the decline and disgrace of a prominent and respected family who own a valuable plantation in rural Mississippi. The time is the 1940s and the racial divide affects the social standing and legal justice for the Blacks. There are harsher...
  • Matt
    Dec 30, 2018
    John Grisham continues his long-running string of novels with another piece that offers some unique legal discussions. Pete Banning is a well-respected white farmer, a war hero, and an all-around amiable man around Clanton, Mississippi in 1946. This is why it is so troubling when Banni...
  • Monnie
    Nov 18, 2018
    Without doubt, this is one of the saddest and most haunting books I've read in a while (close to downright depressing, in fact). What's more, about a third of it was so unsettling that insofar as possible, I skimmed through it. It is written matter-of-factly, without emotion - but the ...
  • Raymond
    May 22, 2018
    I'm a big Grisham fan and have read all of his adult books. The Reckoning would have been so much better as a short story. Grisham should have written another volume of Ford County and put a short story version of this book in the collection. The book was too long, the recounting of...
  • The
    Aug 27, 2018
    Author John Grisham never fails to tell a story well, but in this instance, I question whether the story needed to be told at all. In a departure from his typical legal thriller, Grisham tells the story of Pete Banning, favorite son of Clanton Mississippi and a surviving WWII POW veter...
  • Donna
    Oct 25, 2018
    I've read many Grisham novels and have enjoyed the first several. And I've have even read one recently....last week to be more accurate. In that review, I couldn't quite name the thing that kept me from liking it like I've liked his older stuff. But now after reading this one, I think ...
  • Kate Olson
    Oct 22, 2018
    Thanks a million to @doubledaybooks for this free review copy! . I?m an old school Grisham fan. I absolutely adore all of his older titles, with my very favorite being The Testament. I will never forget listening to that book! His newest book is out on 10.23 and I?m so excited to...
  • Stephen
    Oct 24, 2018
    This is a sweeping saga recalling the finest Southern Gothic tradition. "The Reckoning" is a captivating story penned in gorgeous prose with full-bodied characters and a vivid sense of place. A tale to take pleasure from and in which to lose yourself. Part One - The Killing: O...
  • Gary
    Dec 16, 2018
    I hadn't read a John Grisham novel for quite awhile and very quickly after starting 'The Reckoning' I started thinking about other books of his that I also wanted to read. Unfortunately the book was a bit hit and miss for me, I enjoyed the first part of the novel where the killing and ...
  • Matthew
    Dec 25, 2018
    4.5 to 5 stars This was the most epic and intricate novel Grisham has released in quite some time. It's a mixture of legal drama and historical fiction that keeps you guessing until the very last page. Most of his recent books have been fairly quick reads with a basic storyline. The...
  • Tim
    Jan 12, 2019
    For a visit to "Downerville," read this story. It's quite depressing. 2 of 10 stars ...
  • Jean
    Nov 02, 2018
    The book takes place in Ford County, Mississippi, the site of many of Grisham?s early books. The reader must remember the story takes place in 1946 and the relationship between black and whites in Mississippi was different than today. The book is divided into three section. The first...
  • Cyndi
    Oct 10, 2018
    John Grisham?s latest, the Reckoning, takes place in rural 1940s Mississippi. World War II veteran Pete Banning wakes up one day, goes about his business as usual and then proceeds to murder in cold blood the beloved preacher of the Methodist church. Pete refuses to tell anyone the r...
  • Scott
    Nov 10, 2018
    It has become one of my annual late Fall rituals. The leaves are falling. College and Pro football are in high gear, which means it is time to open the new John Grisham novel, ?The Reckoning?, and re-visit the law in action in the South. This time out, Grisham shares a family sa...
  • William Fluke
    Nov 01, 2018
    Far From One of Grisham's Best: I typically enjoy anything by Grisham and rate them in the 4 star range most always. The Reckoning fell well short of what I would expect from Grisham. Most disappointing was that at about 30% of the book reads like an historical fiction account of World...
  • Erth
    Nov 09, 2018
    400 page LONG and drawn out story. Could have been based on a ten page short story by a freshman in community college. Mr Grisham, please bring back your inventive legal thrillers. Severely disappointed. ...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Dec 22, 2018
    The 1940's was a very dark time in our world, so why do authors keep going back to it? I believe it's because in darkness there are stories that need to be told, and that it's not a morbid fixation or nostalgia but rather an attempt to share with readers the voices and tales left behin...
  • Beata
    Nov 23, 2018
    Yes, I admit that I've been faithful to Grisham for years, and yes, I was rewarded again .... The Reckoning is a novel very much different from what I expected BUT once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down. I immensely enjoyed the story but I'm especially grateful to Grisha...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    Oct 21, 2018
    The latest novel by John Grisham, The Reckoning (release date October 23), is a sprawling and enthralling read set in the Ford County of A Time to Kill, Sycamore Row, etc. By setting this story of murder and Gothic-esque family drama in the county most familiar to longtime Grisham read...
  • Henry
    Nov 16, 2018
    I do not understand some of the bad reviews of this book. I have read every John Grisham novel and in my opinion this is his best in years. ...