Book Review: Camino Ghosts by John Grisham

June 13, 2024


Camino Ghosts by John Grisham tells of a Florida resort developer trying to muscle in on an island that maybe owned by a former slave. This is the third book in John Grisham’s Camino Island series.

  • 304 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Doubleday
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0385545991

Book Review: Camino Ghosts by John Grisham
My rating for Camino Ghosts – 5
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I did not enjoy the last two books I read by Mr. Grisham, and told myself that if this is the case with this one, I’ll probably stop reading his work. I’m glad to say that Camino Ghosts by John Grisham grabbed me from the beginning to, almost, the very end.

I’m glad Mr. Grisham went back to courtroom drama and legal stories. For me, those were the parts of his books I found the most engaging and entertaining.

The story follows author Mercer Mann as she researches the story of Lovely Jackson who left Dark Isle in 1955. Lovely’s story is fascinating and engaging, and frankly one of the best parts of the book. Ms. Mann is planning to write a non-fiction book about Dark Isle, but first Lovely Jackson’s claim has to work itself through the courts with the help of a pro-bono environmental lawyer.

The book also has some supernatural aspects to it, but not too much and it makes Lovely Jackson’s story more interesting. The characters are interesting, and well-written which I missed in his previous books. The legal case, which is the reason I started reading his books, was fascinating and engaging.

The book was captivating and works as a standalone story, you don’t need to read the previous two books to enjoy this one. They do provide some context but that’s just about it. It’s a quick read and can be easily enjoyed over a long weekend.


Mercer Mann, an author, was talking to bookstore owner Bruce Cable about an unbelievable story. An island known as Dark Isle was a colony for escaped slaves who lived there for generations.

The last surviving inhabitant of Dark Isle, Lovely Jackson, lives nearby and wrote a memoir. Unfortunately, a large developer wants to destroy the island, including the cemetery, to build a casino. Ms. Jackson does not want that to happen but fighting a huge, rich company and the Florida government isn’t going to be easy.

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