14 January, 2016

#BookReview :: The Visitor (Jack Reacher #4) by Lee Child

Across the country women are being murdered, victims of a disciplined and clever killer who leaves no trace evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to an apparent motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, there’s only one thing that links one victim to the next. Each of the women knew Jack Reacher. And this time, even he’s running blind.

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The Vistor was also released as Running Blind. This was one of my first few experiences with audiobooks.

Two women have been murdered. Amy Callan and Carolyn Cooke have a lot in common including their army career, their discharge from it and their deaths. As FBI is brought into handle the investigation of these former army personnel, they find another common point between the two victims – Jack Reacher. Their profile of the murderer matches Reacher as well. They bring him in as the main suspect only to realize that a third woman is murdered in the same way – and Reacher couldn’t have done it this time around. So they do the right thing… they decide to take help from Reacher and utilize his connection and knowledge of the victims along with his skills as an ex-MP.

This plot really surprised me. First of all, the way the victims were murdered felt like an impossible feat. And then the murderer – I was surprised by who it turned out to be. That doesn’t happen to me often. The signs were all there and I did see them. But the notion somehow felt absurd that the person would be the perpetrator! But of course in climax, when all is revealed, it all makes sense. This one was more of a mind game than action for Jack Reacher. And as much as I love it when he puts people in their places, I also love to see how his mind works.  

The audiobook narration was done by Kerry Shale. As one of my first few experiences with audiobooks, this one was done pretty well. It kept me engaged throughout.

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