04 August, 2015

#BookReview :: The Fugitive (Theodore Boone #5) by John Grisham

Theo thought the danger had passed, but he’s about to face off against an old adversary: accused mur­derer and fugitive Pete Duffy. 
On a field trip to Washington, DC, Theo spots a familiar face on the Metro: Duffy, who jumped bail and was never seen again. Theo’s quick thinking helps bring Duffy back to Strattenburg to stand trial. But now that Duffy knows who he is, Theo is in greater danger than he’s ever been in before. Even when every­thing is on the line, Theodore Boone will stop at nothing to make sure a killer is brought to justice.

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Theodore Boone is in eighth grade now and as he goes on a field trip to Washington D.C, who does he spot? Pete Duffy! - the one who jumped bail and was never seen again. Theo’s quick thinking and a little help from Ike, Pete is apprehended and brought to trial. But the only person who can testify is an illegal immigrant who has already been threatened against it. It is up to Theo to convince Bobby to testify while shielding his identity. Theo’s own life is in danger as Pete now knows his identity.

Theodore Boone is a prodigy when it comes to the law. He has proved himself time and again and he is back with this fifth installment. The set of characters are great and entertaining. There are mostly repeat characters who have a role to play in Theo’s life constantly. Some of them have already grown on me including Theo. And then there are a couple of new characters who range from funny to interesting. John Grisham is a master of legal thrillers and it has been long since I have stopped questioning the procedures he writes in his books. The narration is as crisp as ever – some ordinary sentences and instances are elevated to the level of extraordinary with his style.

While towards the beginning, I was amazed at Theodore’s characterization - a young boy with a high aptitude for the law; it is getting old and fast. His know-it-all attitude is wearing me down now. I wish for once he would act his age and need some help with the cases. It wouldn’t take away from is characters but make him more real. He is a kid end of the day and no matter his IQ level, all kids need guidance from time to time. Like in this book, there are instances where as a reader we realize that Theo is learning something new from the trial and it actually makes it easier for us to feel him and where he stands. 

Anyway, the cliffhanger in the end ensures that even the choosiest of the readers will pick up the next installment.

Review Copy received from Hachette India

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