11 October, 2015

#BookReview :: 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.

I love Jack Reacher! And as such Lee Child has been on my auto-buy list for quite some time. It is a shame that Lee Child releases only one book a year – but it is always so worth the wait. This time too, it wasn’t long before I got my hands on the book.

In Make Me, Jack Reacher continues his journey and decides to make a stop at a small place called Mother’s Rest. The name had caught his eye and he was curious to know about the history behind such a name of the town. Little did he know that he would meet Michelle Chang there or that witnessing a simple handshake will make him change his mind or that he will finally manage to dig up the history behind the name himself! Whatever one says, Jack Reacher never has a dull moment in his life. No matter where he goes, trouble finds him. Or is it the other way round and he finds trouble wherever he goes? Who cares as long as there is some nuisance cooked up for Reacher to resolve ;) And my, he did take care of the troublesome people in this installment.

This is one instance where I had absolutely no idea where the plot was going. I knew that people were dying but I had no clue to the whys and how. I consider myself to be well aware about most things (except politics) but I absolutely had no idea about the existence of the… Well, let’s just call it the ‘plot theme’ as I do not want to give out any spoilers here. I was absolutely in shock once the ‘plot theme’ was revealed in the last couple of chapters. I could not (and still cannot) believe that such things happen in this age and time. My husband and friend, who have read the book, assured me that it is indeed a reality of our world. How sick can people get? The whole lot of people involved in this ‘theme’ should be caught and chained down in some psychiatric ward! No really – it is that bad. May be you guys already know of its existence and will not be as surprised or shocked as me. But I am glad that Lee Child has chosen such a ‘plot theme’ and brought it out in the open. This needs to be discussed and stopped immediately. It is grossly inhuman.

The indicators were all there throughout the story; that something big was going on. I for one kept wondering why Jack Reacher was being so aggressive. He is generally a practical guy who gives his opponent enough warning and takes defense position when he can. But seeing him on the offensive from almost the beginning, I wondered why he was behaving in such an out of character manner. Jack Reacher probably knew what was going on a lot before than me. But I am not complaining. I love reading about Jack Reacher on the offensive and pulling his weight around. I also liked the character of Michelle Chang. She is a very practical woman who can hold her own. 

This was yet another fast paced, action packed thriller that kept me on the edge.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review! I, too, love Jack Reacher and so looking forward to this new adventure. And after reading a review by a reviewer I trust...oh, yes, this is a must read! Lee Child is amazing...I wonder when this moving comes out if he'll be in this one, too. :) Thank you! LF