Book Review – Never Go Back

by Lee Child (Bantam Press) ISBN: 9780857503497

Review 1

Another brilliant page-turner from Lee Child – another glimpse into the tall, dark and handsome loner called Jack Reacher, and another Number one best seller!

And there’s a movie out, so why would I read this -simply because reading Lee Child is so exciting. He writes cinematically. The action sequences come alive without the need for sound effects; the maze of Washington D.C. is thrummingly real; the “baddies” are really bad; and the stakes are high.

Every chapter ends on a sentence that simply drives you forward and I couldn’t stop until I got to the very last page.  I can’t give away any of the plot line, but it’s everything one expects of the author, and of his legendary character, Jack Reacher. This is fast, engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable read – escapism at its best.

Judy Ward

Review 2 (October 2013)

Jack Reacher has travelled to Virginia from South Dakota because he liked Major Susan Turner’s voice when he spoke to her on the phone.

When he finally reaches his destination, he discovers that Major Turner has been arrested, and that he has two charges against him, one a 16-year-old homicide. He is told that he has been called back to active duty and that the army is in charge of his future. Anyone who reads the series knows the hero doesn’t like being told what to do. Reacher and Turner escape from prison and decide to find out what is really going on.

Reacher is an enigma – of sorts. Lee Child has created a semi-unreliable narrator. We know what he’s thinking but we don’t know everything. Or maybe he isn’t thinking. Maybe he is just an efficient machine determined to always win.

It doesn’t matter though, because Lee Child is very good at what he does. He writes entertaining thrillers that keep you turning the page.

Amanda Patterson

Posted on: 25th November 2016