Brad Howes shares his thoughts on John Grisham's Theodore Boone: The Abduction:
"I did a little research on the Theodore Boone books after finishing
the first one, Kid Lawyer. As a reminder, I thoroughly enjoyed Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, much more than I would have anticipated liking
Grisham's 'adult' books. Nonetheless, what I learned was that Book three
(The Accused), not two, more or less picks up where Book one leaves off.
The result? A placeholder that winds up being a 'meh' kind of book.
Let me explain why...
First of all, the book is technically a
sequel, but spends a lot of time reintroducing people, places, and
things that I was already familiar with. There is no reason to do this
because you have no business reading a second book in a series if you
don't read the first. Secondly, it was just a little random. A few
weird characters were never fully developed, but details pertaining to
setting were over developed. Lastly, the 'drama' was a little weak,
especially compared to the first book. It was criminal fiction without a
crime - if that's possible. Theo isn't even as cool as he was in the
I guess to be fair, I probably shouldn't compare
everything in Theodore Boone: The Abduction to the first book; but let's
be honest, you want to write a series, this is what you get. I
wouldn't suggest this book as a stand-alone; however, I enjoyed the
first so much and am still extremely excited about the third, such that I do recommend Theodore Boone: The Abduction, just because it'll only
take you two or three hours and you probably have nothing better to do
anyway. Perhaps after I finish the series (the fourth in the set comes
out May 21), I'll look back and have a different opinion on Book two, but
for now, just 'meh.'"