Personal by Lee Child

This is a great read if you’re after something gripping, fast-paced and easy to read. I’ve read lots of Lee Child’s previous Jack Reacher detective novels and always enjoyed them. There’s something a little formulaic about the plot (after all, Child has already written 18 Jack Reacher novels), but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

The main character, Reacher, is a loner. I always think of him as a cross between Jonathan Creek, Jack Bauer and James Bond – but with none of the need for social contact. He’s incredibly smart, and it doesn’t take him long to work out that he’s met the man he’s looking for before. I loved that the action took place all over the world; France, Russia, Wales and London – and that Child has clearly researched the roles of the security services in those countries well.

As much as I’d like to recommend this book to everyone I know, I think I should warn people that it’s very bloody and pretty violent. This doesn’t bother me, but there are constant fist-fights, and some of the descriptions of the violence can get a little bit much. If you don’t mind that, and you’re looking for a page-turner – I’d recommend you start with the very first Jack Reacher novel, and work your way up to Personal.

Review by Meg
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