Gillian Flynn
January 17, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Final Witness

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Simon Tolkien
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an C+

In his debut thriller, Tolkien treads the literary path of his grandfather; like Lord of the Rings, Witness is about an underdog hero with a grave task — young Thomas Robinson, who’s determined to unmask the murderer of his monied mother, Lady Anne. It features a ring of evil power, a sapphire that Tom believes aided his mother’s ruin. And it has typically Tolkienesque lines like ”His face was crushed into the soft center of her breast….” — well, you get the picture. J.R.R.’s grandson has written a potboiler brimming with secret rooms, secret drawers, and secret marriages. Not Middle-earth, but certainly middlebrow.

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