Monday, February 15, 2016

Make Me (Jack Reacher #20) by Lee Child

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. 

Make Me is the 21st book in the hugely popular Jack Reacher series. Reacher’s story starts in the usual way, which is to say that something catches his attention and before you know it, he’s off on his latest misadventure. In this case, it’s the town of Mother’s Rest, a detour he takes simply because he’s curious about the origins of the name. 

As always, I enjoyed discovering the problem and eventual solution right along with Reacher since Child never lets the problem be an obvious one. This story includes everything that loyal fans have come to expect. It’s the one book that I absolutely know that I won’t be disappointed. I held on to the book split between not being able to wait to immerse myself in the story and trying to delay it because I know that the sooner I start, the sooner the ride will be over. 

I won’t go into what a shock the casting of Tom Cruise in the movie role was to me, least of which is that Reacher is supposedly a dirty blond 6’5 and 220 lbs man. Also, the biggest strength and delight of the book series is Reacher’s thought process, which doesn’t translate well into an action film. I don’t know what the movie future holds for Reacher but I will be patiently waiting for the 22nd book from Lee Child. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Roberta

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