Is it time for Jack Reacher to retire? 48



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Jack is again on a trip to nowhere in particular, riding a train in the USA, destined to stop at a small wheat-growing town called “Mother’s Rest”.  His sole motivation for taking this journey is curiosity at the reason why this town was so named.  He intends it to be a one-day stopover and as he steps off the train, notices a woman waiting for a colleague.

Over a cup of coffee, she mentions a cryptic note about two hundred deaths and she reveals herself to be a retired FBI agent and now a Private Investigator. Reacher is intrigued and together they explore the small town full of silent and unwelcoming people.

They decide to join forces in an endeavour to discover the whereabouts of Private Investigator Michelle Chang’s missing partner and gradually come to the conclusion that he has met with foul play. Their search for the truth and the puzzle of the two hundred possible mystery deaths leads them to Oklahoma, Los Angles and back to Mothers Rest.

In the meantime, the unwelcoming town folk are becoming decidedly more hostile and threatening and Chang and Reacher take steps to protect themselves as it becomes increasingly apparent there is something sinister taking place in Mothers Rest and a large group of residents are involved.

As I began reading this book I felt the mystery would draw me in, but unfortunately, aside from the first chapter, it slowed to a meandering shuffle. The pace of this novel was also dragged down by the padding out of inconsequential details which added nothing to the plot. My husband also read this and was disappointed, especially with the ending which we both thought fizzled out into nothing much at all.

Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages. All have been optioned for major motion pictures, the first of which, Jack Reacher, was based on the novel One Shot. He was awarded the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger in 2013. Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.

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Is the new Jack Reacher thriller really “his most addictive yet”, or is it time for him to retire? We’d love to know what you think – leave a comment below!

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Laraine Fisher

Retired from Monash University, Faculty of Medicine as Personal Assistant to the Faculty Manager and assisted the Dean with Policy documentation (2006). Went back to work part-time in 2008 for Michael Hill Jewellery as an Office Assistant for 3 years and then finished up to work with my husband part-time for a Labour Hire company as an Admin Assistant. Qualified as a Professional Counsellor in 1999 and worked as a counsellor for 12 months before being offered a full-time position at the Faculty of Medicine. Prefer reading : Murder/mystery thrillers with a psychological twist. Also enjoy novels well researched and based on history. My favourite authors are Ken Follett, Kate Atkinson, Peter James, Gillian Flynn, Peter Robinson, Jeffery Deaver, Lynda Le Plante, David Baldacci and Jodi Picoult.

  1. I’ve read all of Lee Child’s books and have loved them all, although the book was good I was very disappointed with the movie One Shot with Tom Cruise, the description of Jack Reacher is not Tom Cruise

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    • Me neither Lyn – you read the books and we have descriptions of him as large, muscly,rugged, handsome – none of these attributes are Cruise

    • I was disgusted they had Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Having said that if you weren’t an avid reader of these novels, and didn’t know what a large man Reacher is, you had to admit Cruise did a good job in movie I thought. I love these books. Mitch Rapp novels by Vince Flynn still my favourite

    • Tom . Cruise cast himself in that role if I remember correctly. Just f8nished Make Me– Jack is mellowing a bit which is nice

  2. I enjoyed this one. I have all his books and re-read from time to time. Great writer and a fantastic hero. Love Jack Reacher

  3. I fully agree. I struggled with this one and skipped over a lot of the unnecessary details. I wondered it someone else had written it under Lee Childs’ name. Any future books will be looked at very closely before buying.

  4. No jack reacher can never retire!hes like Phillip Marlowe…a classic!you don’t?get yourself a DVD of ” farewell my lovely” & enjoy!

  5. I also have read all ofThe Jack Reacher books, the movie was awful. The title short guy that played Jack was totally wrong.All of Jacks fans know for a start he is over 6foot. Don’t panic after months of a selection process, I have come up with the perfect man for the job. His name is Phillip Winchester and he is in a tv series called ” The Player” at the moment. Check him out Lee!

  6. The last couple of books haven’t been as good as the earlier ones. I’ve read them all and sometimes more than once. I wouldn’t see the movie because Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher.

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