81 Following

Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories

Lifelong Texan, love reading from many genres thanks to early childhood readalongs with my Dad, love cooking for my family, working in my yard, playing with my cats and since being diagnosed in late 2012 with RRMS finding ways to keep body and mind active is even more important.

Personal (Jack Reacher, #19)

Personal (Jack Reacher, #19) - Lee Child Book Info
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published September 1st 2014)
edition language English
series Jack Reacher #19
other editions (13)
Source:Netgalley EARC

Book Buy Links


With nine straight #1 New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, after the game-changing twist Child offered readers in Never Go Back, comes a breathtaking new thriller featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero Jack Reacher.

Lee Child has become a bestselling juggernaut, and his iconic hero Jack Reacher has been dubbed "one of the most enduring action heroes on the American landscape.” (The New York Times). With each new entry, critics fall harder for Reacher and legions of new fans climb on the bandwagon. Now, Child once again gives a jolt of pure adrenaline to the suspense genre, with a story so gripping that even the most weathered Reacher fans will find themselves on the edge of their seats. Where will Reacher turn up this time? And which bad guys are in for a hard fall? Stay tuned to this spot-as one of the most popular authors in the world is about to become even bigger.

My Thoughts

Jack Reacher is a character new to me and after not having read the first 18 books in series had no preconceived notions of what the book would unveil nor were my expectations high as this particular genre is usually pretty fairly straightforward in the setup, action, suspense and execution of .

The book is first person, we see exactly what Reacher sees, feel exactly what he feels as it happens and for me that made this smoother reading and much easier to connect with the character throughout the story.

The only thing that felt noticeably off was we spend a lot of time rehashing some of the same material from chapter to chapter, understand this makes for a longer novel but it also eventually brings a certain amount of boredom to the flow of the story which in turn makes the reader lose momentum at times.

The pace is for the most part slow, than all of a sudden the action is at warp speed for a short time than we go back to almost a crawl and this causes the reading to feel choppy and uneven.

I admit to the reader becoming overwhelmed with details at certain points in the story that seem disconnected but when taken as a whole these details all add up at the end.

Did I like Jack Reacher, not really. Was I impressed with Reachers characters abilities, yes at times very much. Would I read more in the series, maybe a few of the earlier books. Is the twist at the end solid enough to be believable, totally for me but it was a bit of a letdown also because it proved that once again the line between the good guys and the bad guys is not really as easy to define as we would wish it to be.

All in all this is a book that in my opinion may gratify fans of the series and the character more than first time readers like myself, not that I was not satisfied with the ending as I am.

[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]