The Associate: John Grisham – Book Review

Wow, what a tense and captivating read from a legal thriller master! This novel will keep you engrossed throughout, as I was. I even read it in 4 days which is extremely fast for me!

So, a newly qualified lawyer is on the job hunt looking around and hoping to follow his dad’s footsteps by working in a small, caring company. His hopes of this are crushed when the FBI apparently shows up, waves their badges and soon Kyle McAvoy is thrown into a world of blackmail and espionage.

He is shown a compromising video of he and his mates, during their college days, where they were accused of raping the girl in the video. These blackmailers want Kyle to work in one of the biggest law firms in the world in order to extract information about its upcoming major trial, worth billions to the winner. With little choice, Kyle embarks on a journey into the law firm, and this is where things heat up.

Straight away this novel was a slow build up and tense series of events leading up to Kyle working within the firm, then, another slow tense buildup to the finale. It is well written, captivating and certainly intriguing. There is enough thriller, revenge, conspiracy, espionage and murder to entertain die hard genre fans. The structure was suitable although at times I disliked the character switch within a chapter and thought perhaps it would be better not to switch.

The biggest downfall in this incredible book is the ending. I read it so fast, easily and enjoyably that I expected the ending to round that journey off. It didn’t, and left me wondering why I bothered to begin with. However, in hindsight, it was a great read. More character development within the firm and of some of the bad guys could have helped. They appeared relatively realistic. Kyle was stupid at times, plain stupid, incapable of comprehending the situation rather than accepting it. This leads to a slight side plot which I won’t detail, but felt it was not necessary.

Overall score: 4/5

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