Camino Island Review

Camino Island


John Grisham



A gang of theives stage a daring heist from a secure vaultĀ deep below PrincetonĀ University’s Firestone Library.Ā Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in theĀ sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.Ā 

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teachingĀ position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysteriousĀ company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.

But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham canĀ deliver it.


I was interested in reading this book when I realized it was a heist story, it sounded exciting! Unfortunately the actual heist is a very small piece of the story. The story centered more around a teacher/writer Mercer Mayer and her interactions between the friends and loyal customers surrounding Bruce Cable’s bookstore in Santa Rosa, Florida.

I actually did enjoy the details on writers. Many writers and friends of Cable would have get-togethers and bash writing styles, and lifestyles of known authors, talk about book signings and all things within the book industry. History on Hemmingway and Fitzgerald was also intriguing..


It made me want to be a writer more than ever! šŸ™‚ Live on an island, have writers block for a few years… walk on the beach and go to dinner parties. I can do that!šŸ˜ƒ

I wouldn’t say this isĀ one of Grisham’s better novels. It definitely was not a page-turner, much slower pace. I appreciated it not being a typical legal thriller that Grisham puts out,Ā but he may be better at those. I would still give it a solid šŸ”„šŸ”„šŸ”„.5!

Have you read Camimo Island? What were your thoughts? I can’t help but still love his earlier books, The Firm, The Client, The Painted House and The Pelican Brief. Those titles seem like a lifetime ago. This was my first Grisham in quite awhile other than The Rooster Bar. Between the two I prefer The Rooster Bar. What about you?
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Thanks for checking out my review! Happy reading everyone!


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8 replies »

  1. I am wondering if Mercer and her writerā€™s block a projection of the writerā€™s block Grisham had trying to write the novel about her, until he gave up and put her in Camino Island.

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