The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

  • Release Date: Oct 23rd, 2018
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 4,685 Ratings


#1 bestselling author John Grisham’s The Reckoning is his most powerful, surprising, and suspenseful thriller yet.
“A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a family saga…The Reckoning is Grisham's argument that he's not just a boilerplate thriller writer. Most jurors will think the counselor has made his case.”
USA Today
 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, and committed a shocking crime.  Pete's only statement about it—to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family—was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.
In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. 

Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers on every page.


  • The reckoning

    By ArclightNite
    Not his best
  • What went wrong

    By Doug Kinney
    I bought the book despite the poor reviews. As it turns out, I agree with all the reviews – they were accurate.
  • Not his best work...

    By AlCain55
    Wasn’t sure where this story was going, and the ending just confirmed my thoughts. The story has its moments, but just never hit its stride.
  • Total snooze fest

    By Evilang
    I usually love John Grisham. This book a long winded snooze fest It went on and on with extra fluff. Terrible
  • The Eckoning

    By otott-san
    Somewhat disjointed at times and hard to follow. Not one of the better Grisham stories and I’ve read most all of his novels. Still an interesting read; I just didn’t like the ending.
  • The Reckoning

    By Volunteer Dave
    Great great read. Lots of information about the war times kind of bogged me down, but otherwise I love this book. It was a different type approach taken by a great writer. Can’t wait to read the next John Grisham book. David.
  • You think you know, but......

    By #bacook05
    Mr. Grisham artfully juggles his story so even avid readers stay a bit confused about where the plot is going. His depiction of life in rural Mississippi is spot on for those of us who were raised there and the war experiences described are so realistic I had to remind myself this is not a biography. I gave this one four stars because I found the lawyers less brilliant than other Grisham characters, but I still heartily recommend it as a great read.
  • Disappointing

    By My2Toys
    I love John Grisham and have all his books. I had a very hard time getting through this one. I hated the sequence in which it was written. The war stories were too long. It had a very unsatisfying ending. This is the only Grisham book I own that will be donated to the library.
  • One of Grisham’s Best

    By urbanhoustonian
    After a couple so-so books, The Reckoning is one of John Grisham’s best novels. However, a word of warning, the second part of this book is a harrowing depiction of the Bataan Death March I found very difficult to read. That is not to say it’s bad, it’s just not what you would come to expect from a John Grisham novel. I also dare you to put it down once you get to the last 100 pages. The ending is one of his best.
  • I couldn’t put it down.

    By B. Wolper
    This was a book with believable, colorful, characters. Starting at the beginning you were gripped by the personalities. Grisham‘s use of time manipulation was very skillful.We started in The present. He took us to the past. We finished once again in the present. Pete was torn by something he felt he had to do. Throughout the novel, we, the reader, we’re always trying to guess why he did what he did. I am thankful that all came out at the end. I highly recommend this book and would be surprised if anyone could read it without putting it down.