Friday, October 8, 2021

Book Review: Camino Island by John Grisham

Camino Island by John Grisham book cover and review
I'm a Grisham fan, but I've missed quite a few of his books. I saw Camino Island in a stack my mother-in-law was getting rid of, so I grabbed it.

Camino Island isn't a courtroom saga, which is okay. It's more of a who-done-it. The well-planned and successful heist is to steal the original manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work from a library at Princeton University.

We then meet Bruce, a bookstore owner on Camino Island.  He's worked hard to become a success, and some of his success is from potentially shady dealings involving rare books.

Mercer is a struggling novelist with a severe case of writer's block. She is unemployed, and when a mysterious woman approaches her with an opportunity to do some undercover investigating involving Bruce and the stolen manuscripts, she can't pass up the money.

Soon she is in deep and learns more than she ever wanted to know. The twists and turns are entertaining, as expected. The story clips along and is well written, which is why I love Grisham. I read Camino Island in one day, but to be perfectly honest, I was on a camping trip, so there weren't many other pressing issues.

Apparently, there is a second book, Camino Winds, that I'll be interested in reading. If you are a Grisham fan, or even if you aren't, this is a fun read.

Published by Doubleday, 2017
Hardback copy given to me
304 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Glad you enjoyed this one. I recently picked it up for free.

  2. I read a lot of Grisham as well and liked, but didn't love, this one. I have Sooley on my stack to read this month and am looking forward to it.


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