Camino Ghosts - John Grisham

Camino Ghosts

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2024-05-28
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 929 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • John Grisham takes you back to Camino Island, where bookseller Bruce Cable and novelist Mercer Mann always manage to find trouble in paradise.

Mercer Mann, a popular writer from Camino Island, is back on the beach, marrying her boyfriend, Thomas, in a seaside ceremony. Bruce Cable, infamous owner of Bay Books, performs the wedding. Afterward, Bruce tells Mercer that he has stumbled upon an incredible story. Mercer desperately needs an idea for her next novel, and Bruce now has one.
The true story is about Dark Isle, a sliver of a barrier island not far off the North Florida coast. It was settled by freed slaves three hundred years ago, and their descendants lived there until 1955, when the last one was forced to leave. That last descendant is Lovely Jackson, elderly now, who loves her birthplace and its remarkable history. But now Tidal Breeze, a huge, ruthless corporate developer, wants to build a resort and casino on the island, which Lovely knows, deep down, is rightfully hers.
Mercer befriends Lovely, and they plunge into an enormous fight over who owns Dark Isle, taking on Tidal Breeze Corporation, its lawyers, lobbyists, and powerful Florida politicians. But Lovely knows something about the island that could seriously cloud the dollar signs in the developer’s eyes: the island is cursed. It has remained uninhabited for nearly a century for some very real and very troubling reasons. The deep secrets of the past are about to collide with the enormous ambitions of the present, and the fate of Dark Isle—and Camino Island, too—hangs in the balance.


  • Outstanding book

    By Dan Vermilion
    This was one of the best books I have ever read. And I read many. Dan
  • Finished 11% and had to walk away…

    By gv-
    Big Grisham fan. This story took on a departure from his usual legal thrillers he is famously known for. This is probably the third author this year where I could not finish the book for similar reasons. What gives?! Unfortunately, future Grisham books will be sampled before purchasing. Let’s hope for returning to what works and what your fans want.
  • Camino Ghosts

    By Joanabake
    This book was a great read for the moving history of African Americans bound for slavery but who ended up on a tiny island off the coast of Florida in the 19th century. It is fiction of course but the story rings true and the efforts of the also fictional cast of characters to discover the secrets of Dark Isle and to preserve its heritage made it one of Grisham’s more unique books.
  • Interesting read

    By Texas Gypsy
    John Grisham writes great stories and this one was just as good as the others. As you read his stories it’s easy to picture the scenes in your mind because of the way he uses his words to describe everything. I’m looking forward to his next book.
  • The Best of the 3

    By NotTonyM
    Of the three Camino Island books, this was the most compelling. I eagerly tore through it in two days. Grisham’s telling of Lovely’s story was beautiful.
  • A delightful read

    By imarider2
    I don’t read much Grisham. I find his works to be too full of lawyers and court rooms for my taste, but this was a good story with a good mix of local characters, corporate greed and people with good intentions.
  • Dark Island

    By Joe Buco
    Compelling story of a slave ship crashing in a storm. Survivors among the slaves alight on an island off the coast of Florida, which at that time had no slaves. In the 21st century a development firm sued to create a resort without regard to the wishes of survivors of the original inhabitants with resulting court room drams.
  • Good, not great

    By Dan O - 1
    An entertaining read, but not one of Grisham’s better books.
  • Amazing Book

    By Kathryn1951
    Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. I finished it in two days, even though I was working in between times I could read. The story of the slaves who suffered unbelievable treatment, yet managed to survive is compelling and inspiring! Great job, Mr. Grisham!
  • A Real Yawner

    By Jwczak
    Really pretty boring. Grisham, an author, writing a story about an author. I know it was supposed to be about Lovely, but I still can’t figure out why it was written. Certainly not to entertain the reader. In the book they talked about how many words the author had written about Lovely and the island. Counting words is not how you tell a story. Please get back to legal thrillers. Surely there must be better stories than this.