The Testament - John Grisham

The Testament

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 1999-02-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 788 Ratings



In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions—a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives. Because Troy Phelan’s new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Enter the lawyers. Nate O’Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan’s family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate goes crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman—pursued by enemies and friends alike—holds a stunning surprise of her own.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's Sycamore Row.


  • A good read.

    By J E Pilch
    He has written much better books but this one still had me reading to the very end! What a surprise ending. Thanks again John, what a story.
  • The testament

    By helmfy
    Very very good story. Could not put it down. When finished I was saddened to leave the characters behind. What a wonderful story!
  • A refreshing surprise

    By Mone'Marie
    My favorite of all time
  • Great!

    By WJMreborn
    Longtime Grisham Fan. This one I missed. Probably one of his great works. So involved, and for me, very meaningful.
  • Amazing

    By Tim Williford
    It is rare that you read a work of fiction that challenges you to strive to become a better person and is entertaining all at the same time. This book is like no other novel I've ever read. It goes from extreme simplicity to extreme greed in just the turn of the page - and caught in the middle is the lead character, Nate, who I feel like I know personally. I loved this book so much that I stopped reading it abut 60 pages from the end just so I could make sure that I could finish it in peace and quiet the next morning. Reading this book is an experience I hope I never forget.
  • Brought me to tears

    By Mark&Martha
    Once again, John has gone beyond my expectations, threading the plot ever so delicately, leading me to believe the outcome might be A when in fact it was B, and B was even more amazing than I had hoped for A! Those who read John Grisham will appreciate the sensitive way he has exposed the scale of human values from the bottom of the barrel to the most enlightened among us. A definite read for anyone with a good heart!
  • John Grisham did it again

    By MonetGay
    Super love this book!
  • Very good book

    By jr05fatboy
    My mother gave me this book and another of Grisham's books, The Brethren. I really enjoyed both books very much and am looking forward to getting another.
  • Testimate

    By Kwwray
    Great book
  • The Testament

    By Skybolt 260
    A really outstanding tale that I couldn't put down. I wish he would pen a Part II, quickly!