The Reckoning - John Grisham

The Reckoning

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 3,100 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.


  • Kind of a slog

    By lorKim
    I enjoyed the first section, tolerated the second and only finished the book because I’d invested time and wanted to see what the big reveal was going to be. Ended up being underwhelming and a disappointment. I say this as a lover of John Grisham. This was not my favorite.
  • This is a fantastic read!

    By Tim Williford
    I love John Grisham and I love love LOVE “The Reckoning.”
  • Boring

    By Maaxxxxximum
    A long slog. I skipped many chapters due to lack of interest and found the ending to be boring. Waste of time.
  • The reckoning

    By Tatgin
    Lack if grip very slow , not the intriguing fast pace story that identifies John Grisham
  • Can’t Believe Grisham Is the author

    By Lawyer141
    I guess even Tom Brady has awful days. Kept waiting for the book to pickup speed. Waiting for some legal brilliance- none. Some history of Bataan Death March, Philippine guerrilla action and the death penalty in Mississippi. Almost like descriptive prose was the equivalent of batting practice- when would the game start. Huge disappointment
  • Not his usual work- better

    By Propertylover
    I do not read courtroom dramas so I have not read much of Gresham. I have enjoyed his writing in the few I have read however. I chose this book because I knew he was a good writer and it was not a courtroom drama. I loved every page of it. The book’s story is tragic but easily imagined. He describes the war with such detail and the main character is wonderfully detailed. If he continues to write non legal books, I will be the first to purchase after reading this.
  • Too Much Fluff

    By AB Constant Reader
    He wasted about 300 pages.....details that didn’t matter to make a short story into novel. The war segment was the most compelling part. I have read every book he has written and I love his visits to Ford County. This one was just too long winded.
  • The Reckoning

    By Debikay45
    Worst Grisham book ever. Waste of money. Do not read.
  • Great read!

    By Bbcutup
    I truly enjoyed this book with the twists and turns and always kept me guessing. Thank you for the pleasant hours spent sitting reading with my basset on my lap. Please keep the stories coming Rlh
  • The reckoning

    By koryhud
    I have been an avid fan of John Grisham forever. I have in fact read every single thing he has ever written. Having said that - I absolutely thought this book was awful. It’s slow moving w completely irrelevant parts - almost as if he needed a word quota. The entire book is depressing without having a point. After trudging through the whole book one of the last lines was - “what a family.” 🤦‍♀️. You have got to be kidding me? That’s all there is? Just one of the worst books Grisham in my opinion has ever written. Extremely disappointing - do not waste ur money. 🙄