Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham is the second book in the Boone series aimed for readers aged nine to twelve years old. Unfortunately, Grisham fails to keep the momentum he began in the first book with the bright young detective/budding attorney, Theo.
For those who read the first book, the second book is a little confusing. Much is made in the first book of Theo’s friend, April Finnemore, whose parents are in the process of divorcing. She is forced to testify in court because both parents want custody, even though both parents are really unfit parents.
It’s stated clearly in the start of the first book that the divorce trial is in its third day. By the end of the book, it’s over, but Theo doesn’t know what happened in terms of who got custody of April. Yet in the second book, the divorce is never mentioned. When April disappears, her mother had not been home for over two days and her father was out of town with his band. Nothing is said about a divorce. Very confusing if one is reading the two books together.
Another complaint about The Abduction is that there is little action that takes place during much of the story. In the first book, Theodore is actively involved in finding out about a murder throughout the story. In this story, his friend is abducted. He and his friends ride around town looking for her — fruitlessly — until his uncle tells him what he should do to investigate the disappearance from a different angle.
So, although Theo does eventually solve the mystery, it’s only because his Uncle Ike told him what to do. And what little action there is takes place at the end of the book.
The book is still fairly enjoyable reading. It’s fun to see how Theo interacts with his friends, family and the folks at the courthouse. He assists a classmate in need when a parrot is taken away, and descriptions of the legal proceedings and the judges keep the book flowing.
Grisham has created a likable character in Theodore Boone. His parents and uncle are interesting supporting characters, and readers will find his penchant for being an “attorney-in-training” for his friends amusing and fun to read about.
If the next story continues about the Duffy retrial from the first story and there are some new twists, it would be worth reading. Especially if the Omar Cheepe character returns. He is the creepy and dangerous guy from the first story who seemed to lurk around Theodore in a menacing manner.
It’s all about the action. Theodore Boone needs more of it.
This book was reviewed from the final, hardcover book provided by the publisher.