Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Make Me

Make Me
Lee Child

Make Me (Jack Reacher #20)

Genre: Fiction, Thriller

Summary (from Goodreads): “Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.

Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.
Review:  Not as good as the earliest Reacher books, but much better than the last few.  I prefer thriller books where the hero discovers a problem and spends the book trying to solve it; this was not that type of book.  Instead, Reacher stumbled across some suspicious behavior in a shady little town and has to try to figure out what is wrong about the town.  He makes some phenomenally good guesses given the lack of information he has.  There also seemed to be some technical inaccuracies concerning the geography of the US that were needed as plot devices, for example, having to drive two hours out of the town before getting cell service, and having to drive another two hours before reaching a highway, in what appeared to be Oklahoma or Kansas.  Minor things, but annoying.  I still love Reacher as a character, but I am losing interest in the newer books of the series.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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