Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The Testament by John Grisham (Review)

Genre: Legal Fiction 
Publisher: Dell 
Released: Feb. 2, 1999
533 pages
About the Book:

Heart of darkness...

In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions, a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives.

Because Troy Phelan's new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Enter the lawyers. Nate O'Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan's family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate is crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman--pursued by enemies and friends alike--holds a stunning surprise of her own....

My Rating & Thoughts:    

I don't know how I feel exactly about this book, at times I enjoyed it and at times I was bored. There were so many unlikeable characters and at times the story progressed very slowly that it was easy to put it down. However I really enjoyed the beginning and the last 150 pages. A billionaire, Troy, has 3 ex-wives and six children who all expect to inherit his estate when he dies however upon his death it is revealed that he has left everything to his illegitimate daughter, Rachel, who no one knows anything about. She is a missionary in Brazil and Nate is sent to find her. Nate has just been released from his fourth stint in rehab and now is traveling through the jungles of Brazil during the rainy season trying to find this woman. Will he find her? Will the money change her life? How do Troy's children react to the news? There is a mix of adventure, legal proceedings and faith throughout this story. This is not a clean read as there are swear words and mentions of sexual activity, drugs and alcohol.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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