Review: Lee Child – Personal

PersonalI’m a big Lee Child fan. His books might be similar in style but I like the fact you know what to expect when you open a Jack Reacher novel. That said, some of the books are better than others which is hardly surprising in a long running series that totals nineteen novels. I picked up his latest paperback, Personal, one afternoon and read it in a day. It’s the mixture of accessible storytelling and fast pacing that makes his books so unputdownable. And I think, with this latest book, he’s back on top form.

Someone takes a long-range shot of the French president. International security services identify only four hit men in the world with the necessary skills to have carried out the attempted assassination. The US suspect is an old enemy of Jack Reacher’s and he is given the assignment of tracking the man down who is believed to have made his way to London. But protected by an Essex gang, the hit man creates a web of violent protection to prevent his whereabouts being discovered.

This isn’t the first Reacher to have been set in the UK. The Hard Way ended in the Norfolk countryside but the best Reacher books have been the ones set resolutely within the US heartlands. However, in this instance, I thought Personal’s London and Essex setting perfect for the plot. Connecting the narrative to the US is done through Reacher’s assistant, Casey, who unlike other CIA operatives has a raft of private neuroses that she keeps at bay through medication.

The plot is classic Lee Child and the execution is as professional as we have come to expect from him.  All his existing fans will, I’m sure, love it.

Thanks to Transworld for my review copy.

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5 thoughts on “Review: Lee Child – Personal

  1. I’m reading this at the moment too – only actually read one or two of his, but I’m really surprised at how much I’m enjoying it too! As you say, you know what to expect from a Jack Reacher! Hope you’re well Sarah – not long now, is it?! (I actually think I’m excited on your behalf!) I should make it to Bloody Scotland this year – I’m not relying on anyone this time, after being let down last year so close to it.

  2. He’s certainly established himself as a highly regarded thriller writer, hasn’t he, Sarah? And I actually rather like it when an author really tries to stay true to the elements that ‘made’ her or his books in the first place. Glad you enjoyed this.

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