The Summons by John Grisham

Published December 9, 2004

The Summons by John Grisham

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Ray is a Professor of law and likes to fly. He goes home to see his dad who is dying but finds him already gone, along with a simple will that omits the boxes containing three million dollars in the cupboard. Where did it come from? What should he do with it?

Ray seems normal enough, his brother Forrest is a drug addict. Both are described very well. It’s really interesting to follow how Ray changes when he decides what to do with the money. Cash changes people.

This wasn’t as much about law as in a usual Grisham book, and it was a very slow-starting story. Everything gripping seemed to be left until the last minute. I thought the ending was good, that was where everything happened but also there was an unexpected turn of events that genuinely surprised me and I hadn’t guessed would happen. The rest just rolls along, keeping you interested but not giving much away.

Rating: Unrated

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