The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

Published April 30, 2005

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

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Darby Shaw is meant to be your average, ordinary law student. Except for the bit where she’s beautiful, extremely intelligent and sleeping with her professor. She writes an insightful brief connecting two murders together, but the document causes all manner of trouble.

I was flabbergasted at how clever Darby was. At all stages, she was outwitting the people who were trying to track her down, all while going through her own stages of grief. There’s no reason she shouldn’t be that smart, except that she’s painted as an average Joe(sephine). She teams up with Gray Grantham, a journalist, and we get some excellent dialogue between the two.

Mixed up with the smart conversation are plenty of descriptions, intrigue and thrills. Each chapter, each page, makes you want to read onwards. I felt like I wanted to know more about what Darby was doing as she was doing it, but that lack of information helped the mystery of whether she would be successful in the end or not. I may be alone in wanting to know about her actually chopping off the beloved hair and dying it a different colour.

Rating: Unrated

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