The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,260 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.


  • Waste of time and money

    By LAT2i2
    This book moans and groans on and on without ever saying anything. There is no mystery, it’s clear what will happen in the first 15 minutes of the book. There is no reason to care about any of the characters. There is a lot of history and on some level it’s interesting. Next time, just write the history book. I’m not even going to finish this one (which is very rare for me). I wish I could get my money back. You will too!
  • Lots of filler

    By makeaface
    Not one of my favorite novels. There was no surprise ending. Lots of extra, unnecessary chapters.
  • The Reckoning

    By Bottemline
    Boring. Tedious. Repetitious. Depressing! Usually love John Grisham books but not this one!
  • Utterly depressing

    By Purrckat
    I’ve always enjoyed most of John Grisham’s books, but this book is totally depressing and a total downer!!! I’m sure that everything Grisham said about the battle in the Phillipines is true, but totally unnecessary. It only made the story more depressing. I told my husband, that if this is how Grisham is going to write, he needs to retire!
  • The Reckoning

    By Greenrodeo
    As I began reading this book, the deeper into it I got, the more I felt it was going to be one of the author’s best. The characters are richly developed, the scenes are painted so well with that you can visualize everything as though you are watching a movie. It could easily have been a five star book in my mind. The problem for me came at the end. It ended too abruptly. It was as though Grisham decided he’d had enough and wanted to move on. Definitely worth reading but disappointing at the end. One more chapter would have offered the chance to shape and end the story better. What direction were the siblings going to take with their lives? Even an epilogue would have been welcomed. SPOILER WARNING: After receiving the truth behind the tragedies in their family you were left with nothing. Their aunt’s will regarding her land? Land adjacent to their father’s, legally stolen by an overly ambitious attorney. So many more questions with no hint of answers.
  • The Reckoning

    By bubba S.M.
    Weak story, slow read, extraordinary amount of words for little drama. Big waste of time
  • History and Great Story

    By wingrider54
    This is the story of a small family in Canton, Mississippi, and their cotton farm during the 1940’s-1950. It contains deception and lies that play out around the Philippines, World War II, and the Bataan death march. If you don’t know the history of this, you’re in for shock and admiration. The rest of the story before and after is captivating for the family of 4, their eccentric aunt, and the other characters, in early 20th century Mississippi.
  • The Reckoning

    By alagot
    Tedious and disjointed. A disappointing read.
  • The Reckoning

    By Lawarner68
    Was so disappointed. Just not what I expected from John Grisham. Was not worth the price!
  • Just read

    By DimitriTube
    I just read the sample, not even the book yes it still brings me joy, I could read this all day.