Make Me

Make Me by Lee Child.

Make Me is the new Jack Reacher thriller, and I was hooked on it right from the start.

Jack Reacher got off the train in Mother’s Rest for no other reason than he had seen the name on a map and was curious about how the town had got it’s name. I often wonder about strange names myself, so this seemed perfectly natural to me. Satisfying his curiosity about the town name proved difficult enough, but Reacher is soon embroiled in a much more sinister mystery involving murders and a missing man.

Former FBI agent Michelle Chang was waiting to meet the train which Reacher got off, expecting to see her partner Keever. As it slowly dawns on both Chang and Reacher that Keever would not be on any later train, they join forces to solve the mystery of what has happened to Keever. They soon discover that the small, quiet town of Mother’s Rest is full of sinister secrets. The locals become hostile and chase them out of Mother’s Rest. Should Reacher walk away? His rule is “If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me”.

Although the mystery deepens slowly, I was unable to put this book down. It takes a different direction from previous Reacher novels by leaving the reader unclear on what is happening until half way through the book, and by showing the usually indestructible Reacher as vulnerable when he gets hurt in a fight and must rely on his female partner to help him in a gun battle. Solving the mystery involves a search through Chicago, San Francisco and Arizona before heading back to Mother’s Rest, with romance eventually blossoming between Reacher and Chang. We will have to wait for the next book in the series to see if Chang will continue to be part of Reachers life…

There has already been one film made of the Reacher series starring Tom Cruise, and a sequel to the Jack Reacher movie is expected to be released on 21 October 2016.