Make Me

posted Sep 21, 2015, 1:09 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Sep 25, 2015, 7:12 AM ]
Lee Child's Jack Reacher character is a favorite of mine. Yesterday I just finished "Make Me," the latest in the series. I have now read all
twenty of his books in this series.And, as with anything in life, some I really like, some are good, and some are decent, but still enjoyable because it is Jack Reacher.

I was slightly frustrated with the New York Times book review, because it gave away a little too much of the story. I wished I would have gone into it blind, because Child has a way of hooking you many times and throwing in twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing. So, for those of you interested and have not read the NYT review, I won't give away too much in this review.

The first page of the book sets the first hook. The first chapter has the first question that is asked dozens of times, but isn't answered until the last chapter. And, even though Reacher is somewhat infallible, this time Child's has us wondering if Reacher's stubbornness has finally gone too far.

As he crisscrosses the country looking for answers, the characters he encounters, some good and many bad, create additional challenges for him. Another thing; Reacher is getting up there in the years, and his idiosyncrasies are becoming greater roadblocks for him, especially when it comes to solving some of the problems he encounters. As with Child's style, several times we are left wondering if Reacher will get out of the situation in one piece. And, after reading this book, I am wondering if one of the latest issues could carry over into the next Reacher book-yes, an unresolved issue.

Have I said enough without really saying anything? If you like Jack Reacher, you'll like this book. If you've never read any of Jack Reacher's books, I would encourage you to give him a try. You might really enjoy this character and be ready for more ... 19 more in fact.