GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – I had never read any of John Grisham‘s novels before. Possibly it is because I am always put off by those words ‘The Number One Bestselling Author’. My rationale is that with such wild fiction on the front cover, what can we expect inside?
However, this novel for young readers was most entertaining. Theodore Boone is an eighth grader and the best friend of April who disappears from her bedroom one night. As the child of lawyers, he has considerable legal knowledge and common sense and when the police are unable to find April, he takes it upon himself, with the help of an uncle, to trace the missing girl.
With entertaining digressions when Theodore acts as counsel for Pete the parrot, and rather frightening episodes where Theodore’s gang watch a body being taken from the river, the novel works towards its inevitable conclusion. Where does one normally look when the child in a dysfunctional family disappears?
We grow concerned for April as the story progresses, not just because she has been abducted, but also because of her irresponsible parents and the poor card life has dealt her, but the novel resolves that happily.