Reviewed by Melanie on January 3, 2017
I’ve always enjoyed John Grisham’s books, and The Appeal was no different. The story telling is intricate and complex. In the story, which reminded me a lot of Erin Brockovich, a chemical company has poisoned an entire community with toxic waste. The very small law firm, which can barely pay it’s bills, much less it’s employees, has won the case, and a very large settlement. Of course, the nice guys can’t always have a big one, and the lawyers for the corporation quickly files for an appeal.
In the book, there is so much corruption from jury tampering and racial tensions, that it could be a page out of American History. I was appalled by the lengths that the corporate lawyers went through to ensure the appeal was in their favor.
The characters are a bit simple, but it doesn’t detract from the story because it is so complex. The story is fast moving and will keep you turning pages to find out how the verdict will fall.