19 January, 2016

#BookReview :: Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5) by Lee Child

Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.
She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl . . . and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead-and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

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Reacher is hitchhiking through Texas and he is looking for a ride. That’s very typical of Reacher. As an ex-MP, standing 6’5’’ tall he can take care of himself. But this time around the person who gives him a ride is in need of protection. Carmen’s husband is due to be released from prison and there is no one she can turn to for protection, except maybe to the stranger she picks up on the way. Is everything as it seems? Well, we all know that it never is! So what is it that Reacher gets himself involved in?

Jack Reacher never ceases to amaze me. When things felt a bit fishy, I was wondering why Reacher was taking everything at its face value. No shocker that he caught up to it all just in time… It is a wonder to see his mind working, really. I mean I obviously love it when he gets on the offence and obliterates his opponent with a well-timed punch or when he gets behind a gun. But the way his calculative mind works is equally good. And with mercenaries on the loose, Reacher needs all his skills at his best displaying how capable he is even when he is caught off-guard for a moment. And can I just say it outright that I didn’t like Carmen at all?!! That whole family seemed dodgy. Jack Reacher series has always been more about the thrills than the mystery. In most stories it is easy to spot the perpetrators, not that Lee Child hasn’t sent me off on a wild goose chase once in a while, but in this book it was particularly easy to spot the perpetrator. But that doesn’t take much away from the reading experience as the plot has the readers all wired up to find out how Reacher will ‘handle’ things.

Not my favourite Reacher story… But it is good!

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