Book Review: Make Me, by Lee Child

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Books by certain authors automatically find their way into my reading list and stay on my bookshelf after. Lee Child is one such author, and I had been anticipating the release of the latest Jack Reacher book, “Make Me” since the last book “Personal” didn’t quite match my expectations of the series.

The nomadic Reacher arrives at a station seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The only reason why the place appealed to him is the name of the place – “Mother’s Rest”. He wants to know why it was named so. A woman at the station mistakes him for someone else. Reacher assumes that it was her partner, and he is right. He has the chance to walk away from her, but instead, he decides to help her out. He asks around town, not knowing there is danger lurking. And it’s Reacher. Even if danger finds him as it usually does, he’s usually the danger for the danger. The investigations lead the woman, Chang and Reacher to loose ends, ends that can only be tied by the mystery that is – “Mother’s Rest”.

What I love about a good Jack Reacher thriller is that it keeps me guessing till the very end. And this book is no different. Initially, I thought it might just be the mystery of Keever, the man who was missing, but the book traversed to what Keever, a former FBI agent, was trying to solve… to journalists looking for a story and ended in a realm that was quite unexpected. I knew about the existence of such a realm, yes, but I didn’t expect Child to lead the story there. After the plot of the previous book was kind of a flop, this one is back to being one of Lee Child’s best.

I love the character of Jack Reacher. Nomadic, free spirited, uncaring for danger, totally egotistical of his capabilities. This book sees those aspects at their very best. One could even argue that his recklessness heads toward a previously unseen extreme as well. The glass half-full attitude of Chang just matches that sketch well. And Lee Child adds smaller interesting characters like the science journalist Westwood of the LA Times and the client of the missing detective Keever. The bad guys are mostly a mystery in this book, but I think that’s good in a way. There might be too many to name.

The mystery of Mother’s Rest and the missing Keever manages to hold my attention from start to finish with ease. A friend, who had read the book before me, spoke of something brewing, something that startled her a lot. I think that that helped to increase the curiosity factor as well, but when it comes to Jack Reacher, that would be there automatically. I could feel that “brewing” too. As I said before, the existence of the realm was known, so it didn’t startle me as it did the friend, but it made me wish that those who keep that realm active would be stopped.

If “Personal” lacked the Reacher treatment, this book makes up for that in no small amount. I can only hope that Lee Child decides to write more than just a book each year. Till the next one comes, I guess I will have to re-read the books once in a while.


The Bookworm Rates This: 5/5
The Bookworm Rates This: 5/5
Book Details
Title: Make Me Series: Jack Reacher #20
Author(s): Lee Child Genre: Thriller
ISBN/ASIN: 9780857502896 Publisher: Bantam / RHI

Reviewed for RHI, in exchange for a copy of the book. No other payment was taken. The views expressed here are my own, frank and uninfluenced.


(© 23rd October 2015)

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