28 1 / 2012

The Confession was chosen by my book club as a our January Literary Selection. With this being my first John Grisham novel, I did not know what to expect, but now I see why his books are so popular.

The Confession centers around Travis Boyette, a career criminal who seeks out a Kansas preacher to help him stop a scheduled Texas execution. Why does he want to stop the execution? Because he is the criminal behind the act of violence that sent Donte Drumm to death row ten years ago.

Add to the scenario a strictly consistent death penalty state, corrupt lawyers and government officials, race riots, and Keith Schroeder, who has no idea why he was chosen by Boyette, but can’t ignore the issue because of his moral background, and you have a suspenseful thriller that was too hard to put down. From the first few chapters, I was on the edge of my seat, heart racing, praying for an outcome that would help me have faith in the justice system.

It is obvious from the start that Grisham is passionate about the death penalty, and this book was solely written to prove how heinous and destructive it is to our country. Those who have differing views from the author may possibly be turned off by his message. There is also the possibility that they may change their view after being privy to how an imperfect judicial system hands out punishments.

I greatly enjoyed Grisham telling the story from all sides. There were a million characters in the book: witnesses from Donte’s murder trial, the victims family, Donte’s family, Keith’s family, local high school students, church members, various lawyers, city and state government officials, sensational talk show hosts, and the like throughout, which helped paint the picture outside of just a black man on death row. I also learned a lot about the judicial system and the process behind the death penalty.

This book would make an excellent movie.

Grisham does get a bit long winded, though. I am unsure if this is a tactic to keep us on the edge of our seats, or if he is just extremely detail oriented. Whatever the case, I feel the book could have been cut by at least 50 pages.

I’d recommend this to everybody, but especially those who are interested in race relations (especially in Texas), the death penalty, and crime/suspense novels.

Grade: A

03 1 / 2012

January Book Club Selection: The Confession by John Grisham
Happy New Year!
I’ve been neglecting Tumblr for the past few weeks because of the holidays, and once I get out of the habit of doing something, it’s a little hard for me to get back in to it. My bad!
I still plan on giving you my 10 Favorite Reads in 2011, my final thoughts on my 2011 GoodReads Challenge, and some insight on my reading list for 2012.
But for now, I’d like to talk about my book club’s January Literary Selection. 
I’m very excited about this read because it’s my first John Grisham novel, and because of the story line is about race and the justice sytem. Im pretty sure this will lead to a wonderful discussion.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess.But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

Our signature drink for the month is the Dead Little Green Frog. I’ll be hosting for the month, which means I’m providing the drink, along with a delicious Pound Cake with strawberries and whipped cream.
I plan on starting this novel sometime next week. It’s a thick one!

January Book Club Selection: The Confession by John Grisham

Happy New Year!

I’ve been neglecting Tumblr for the past few weeks because of the holidays, and once I get out of the habit of doing something, it’s a little hard for me to get back in to it. My bad!

I still plan on giving you my 10 Favorite Reads in 2011, my final thoughts on my 2011 GoodReads Challenge, and some insight on my reading list for 2012.

But for now, I’d like to talk about my book club’s January Literary Selection. 

I’m very excited about this read because it’s my first John Grisham novel, and because of the story line is about race and the justice sytem. Im pretty sure this will lead to a wonderful discussion.

For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed. 

Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess.

But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?

Our signature drink for the month is the Dead Little Green Frog. I’ll be hosting for the month, which means I’m providing the drink, along with a delicious Pound Cake with strawberries and whipped cream.

I plan on starting this novel sometime next week. It’s a thick one!