#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • John Grisham has a new hero ... and she’s full of surprises.
The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.
In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.
Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.
Gray Mountain: Grisham
The voice is the same, its Grisham, but didn’t resonate with me. Grisham is evolving. This is his environmentalist John. And it’s ok, let’s give the author a chance to evolve. We all do, so do authors. We expect them to sound the same forever. This is not the same John G who wrote the firm, the summons, the partner…. And that’s fine. Read this, and let yourself follow John’s personal changes. Let him evolve. That’s what writers do, they change, and John has made lots of changes. He still writes with character driven plots, with a lot of internal dialogue. This happens to be about strip mining. I learned a lot, and enjoyed learning.. Keep evolving John. I’m along for the journey.
I am disappointed to say that I did not enjoy this book at all. I kept checking the author's name to make sure that it really was J. Grisham! The story was incredibly boring, though I found the coal industry information interesting. The heroine was... Well, boring. It's as if she just sat there through the whole story without taking a stand on anything.
Now to the audiobook. The narrator is a very slow reader. It was not uncommon to hear 3 second pauses between sentences. I have used audiobooks before and it really could've been read with more enthusiasm. The manner with which the book was read only emphasized its colorless storyline.
If you want a book to put you to sleep...this is it. Hence the one star rating. Other than that...0 stars. I can't believe this is a Grisham book. What a long meandering tale of nothing. No plot, the main character Samantha make you want to shake her and tell her to get a spine. No thought process sharing of the characters so you could not get involved or feel any emotion for the characters. I learned we need to focus on the coal mining industry before it destroys our mountain chains but even that is felt with no emotion. I could never picture the scenery in my head nor flesh out the characters. I have no idea about any of the court cases nor do I have any idea of a plot. I would have stopped sooner had I not wasted 29.95 on this audio book. Believe me when I tell you, skip it.