Crime Thriller

Book Review – Camino Island by John Grisham

Goodreads Synopsis:

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.

But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.

My Opinion:

John Grisham’s Camino Island opens with a scene straight out of Ocean’s Eleven. A gang of thieves devise a plan, create a diversion, and move in to steal F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original manuscripts being held in the basement of the Princeton University Library.

Bruce Cable had money to invest and decided to buy a used bookstore on Camino Island, a ten-mile-long barrier strip north of Jacksonville, Florida. In North Carolina Mercer Mann teaches literature and is losing her teaching position in a matter of weeks. An unexpected invitation from Elaine Shelby, a security specialist, makes an offer to Mercer that she cannot refuse – an opportunity to live beachside to continue writing her unfinished novel. All she needs to do is befriend Bruce.

This book is a book lover’s delight! It certainly didn’t help my secret desire to buy a cute little used bookstore beachside. I loved the description of Camino Island. It had me wanting to drop everything and head straight to the coast with a book in hand. I thoroughly enjoyed the dinner parties with all the authors living in the area, especially Myra Beckwith and Leigh Trane. These two gals would be an absolute hoot to have a drink and share a meal with.

John Grisham usually writes legal thrillers and I wasn’t sure what to expect with this crime thriller. I really enjoyed this novel and found myself getting lost in this marvelous world of all things books. Sadly I do have to admit that I felt a little bit let down by the ending, it seemed a bit lackluster and kept me from giving this book a full five stars.

My Rating: 4/5

Genre: Crime Thriller

Series: None

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 6/6/2017

Pages: 304 (eBook)

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15 thoughts on “Book Review – Camino Island by John Grisham

  1. I’ve read various Grisham books in the past so this one definitely sounds good! A shame the ending didn’t live up to the rest of the story, but I’ll definitely be trying to read this one some time. Great review!

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  2. I haven’t read Grisham in years because I thought his books had gotten stale. I would’ve also passed this one by until your review as I didn’t realize this one was a crime thriller…with a bookstore involved, count me in! I’m going to check this out. Great review!

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  3. Great review! I haven’t read Grisham in a long time. I seem to get burned out on authors who write the same types of books over and over. I feel like I need to give him another shot, but this may not be the right one?


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