“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.
Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.
Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.
Lee Child adds his twentieth book in the Reacher saga with Make Me. While tautly written, the story is not an action adventure, but the narrative is gripping and the tale unfolds smoothly and quickly.
The strength of the story lies in the protagonist, Jack Reacher. He is a stellar character: watchful but not infallible, skilled but not superhuman, intelligent but not genius. He’s a character who is intriguing in his own right without needing a tragic, dramatic backstory to make him so. The female character, as with all of the Reacher novels, is flat and interchangeable. The character serves as a plot device, and while she serves the story well in that regard, a more fully-fleshed character would have added an interesting dynamic to the tale.
In Make Me, Reacher ventures with curiosity and unflinching resolution into uncovering the dark underbelly of humanity. Shocking and gritty, the climax of the story is haunting and grotesque. And, as always, Reacher metes out justice with rousing ruthlessness and pragmatism. This twentieth installment in Child’s series is an excellent, memorable read.
Recommended for those who enjoy the Reacher series, intellectual thrillers, and mysteries; series does not need to be read in order