There are few authors whose books I buy almost immediately after the release. Lee Child is one such author. This book, the twenty second novel in the Jack Reacher series, made its way to my shelf thus, and I set about reading it eagerly.
Midnight Line sees Jack Reacher traveling as usual, but he’s not his usual self. The events of Make Me have managed to rattle the soldier slightly. When he sees a West Point class ring among others in a pawn shop at a bus station, he wonders why the woman who had gone through such a lot to earn that ring would sell it. So he tracks the owner, step by step, down a criminal trail. He is not bothered about anything else, he just wants to make sure the woman is okay.
Right off the bat, this didn’t feel like a usual Jack Reacher novel. Something felt off. Perhaps it was seeing a marked difference in the character of Reacher. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did, it was engaging, it flowed well and there was the pace that I usually find in the narration of a Jack Reacher thriller. Like I mentioned earlier, Jack Reacher seemed rattled, and not the uber-confident person he usually is. It felt different, unexpected, maybe even a bit disappointing. But given the events of previous novels, it felt understandable. Lee Child also does his bit to breathe back some life into the character of Rose Sanderson towards the end by making use of that rattled nature of Reacher’s mind, with a never before seen miscalculation on Reacher’s part. It’s a more straightforward plot than earlier novels as well. It makes me wonder if the next novel will follow suit, bringing a change in Reacher’s character sketch or revert to the older confident character.
It’s not the best Jack Reacher thriller, that’s for sure. But it might not be the worst either. Would I recommend it? Not as the first Jack Reacher book for someone to read. But it’s definitely worth a read.
|Title: The Midnight Line||Series: Jack Reacher #22|
|Author(s): Lee Child||Genre: Thriller|
|ISBN/ASIN: 9780593078174||Publisher: Random House|
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
23rd December 2017)