TWSM Book Review ‘Camino Winds’

Camino Winds by John Grisham

Camino Winds by John Grisham is a hot off the press summer thriller that is sure to entertain you. It is a sequel to Grisham’s book, Camino Island, but it can stand alone if you haven’t read the first book. In Camino Winds, Grisham takes the reader on a thrill ride that includes both a hurricane and murder.

Camino Winds picks up three years after Camino Island. For those of you who are Grisham fans, you’ll be happy to know that his characters have continued to grow in interesting ways. Grisham honors the first book while setting up satisfying new plot twists for the second.

Grisham’s Hurricane Leo also makes for an interesting parallel to our current global pandemic. As the characters navigate the murder mystery which will keep you guessing until the end, they also have to deal with reality with a capital “R” in the form of Leo’s aftermath and how it changes their daily lives.

A few of my favorite quotes from Camino Winds include:

“Under your theory, Nelson was likely murdered because of this novel I’m holding in my pocket, right?”    “… So someone has to read the novel to begin unraveling the crime. You? Me? The police?” (Chapter Four)

“Summer was over and the gang was scattering. The gang was also burdened by the aftermath and fearful that life might never be the same. Bay Books was practically deserted these days, and that was enough to worry all its writers.” (Chapter Five)

“The search for what?” “A contract killer. We know of several, but it’s a fairly nebulous group. They don’t convene annually for parties and they don’t have a registry.” (Chapter Six)

If I have one negative to share about Camino Winds, it is that this book is light reading. However, that is a little like saying, “This John Grisham book is a John Grisham book”. He is famous for his ability to create entertaining legal thrillers that keep the reader engrossed from start to finish, not novels that make you ask life’s deep questions.

I highly recommend this brand new summer thriller. Whether you are sheltering at home or life is beginning to get back to normal for you, Camino Winds won’t disappoint.

Rating 4 stars out of 5

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Liz is a technical writer by day and a humor writer by night. She lives in Minnesota with her two teenage daughters and their cats, Beau and Phoebe. When Liz is not reading, writing, or searching for new books to review, she can be found practicing yoga or enjoying time with friends and family — usually around a fireplace or a lake. She is savoring the time that she still has with her daughters under her roof, yet she secretly dreams of being an empty nester who can travel more and not have to worry about other people borrowing her socks.

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