13 September, 2013

#BookReview :: Never Go Back (Jack Reacher #18) by Lee Child

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, former military cop Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had.
Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind his old desk isn’t a woman. Is Susan Turner dead? In Afghanistan? Or in a car wreck?
What Reacher doesn't expect to hear is that Turner has just been fired from her command. Nor that he himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn't expect to hear these words: ‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’
Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?

I just finished reading Jack Reacher’s latest escapade! The last line of the blurb on the cover says ‘Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?’ and the moment I read it, I was like of course it has to be that ‘someone else’ who will be sorry – haven’t they heard of Reacher before?

Over the course of the last two novels, we were aware that Reacher was heading towards Washington DC to meet Susan Turner, the lady he had spoken to over the phone. Well, he finally reaches his destination and finds that Susan Turner has been fired from her post. In her place is a person who wants Reacher to pay for a 16 year old crime. Instead of finding an intriguing woman he has been waiting to meet, Reacher is met face to face with a homicide charge and a paternity suit!

Yeah I know! Of all the things, the first thing I thought of when the paternity suit came up was that Reacher wouldn’t really make a good father. Imagine him having to put down his roots and actually own a couple of sets of clothes at the same time! Unimaginable!! However he is in top form and manages to arrange a jailbreak too.  However for me the big mystery wasn’t all that satisfying and the who and what was easily solved.

Though not as gritty as some of the previous instalments, it still is a page turner full of action and drama.

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1 comment:

  1. Agreed: Not the most gritty and captivating of the Reacher novels, however it needs mentioning that the ride getting to the end was well worth it (even though the end did peter out for me). Fortunately Child mentioned in an interview with the Book report radio show (an archived version I found on their website) that the next installment to the Reacher saga is called "20 Seconds ago", which will be dealt with after I've managed to read the other 17 :)