Friday, 18 March 2016

Echo Burning by Lee Child

Reviewer: Gillian Hamer, author of The Charter, Closure, Complicit, Crimson Shore & False Lights. (

What we thought
: I am enjoying my literary journey through Lee Child's novels and the audio books are extremely entertaining.

Here, newly-single Jack Reacher is back on the road, unencumbered by his foray into home ownership and back to living in motels with little more than a toothbrush as luggage.

When his first attempt at hitch-hiking for some time comes with a higher price, Reacher finds himself involved in a bizarre murder plot in which he wants no part. The desire of an abused wife to have her violent husband wiped out might be viewed as self-defence in some American states. But Reacher is in Texas. And in Texas the law has its own way of dealing with victims.

This is another gripping tale of Jack Reacher at his best. I think I secretly admire the way Child shows so many different sides to this character. We have an ex-cop, scared of no-one, who knows he only has to roll up his sleeves and pump up his biceps to have people quivering in their boots. And yet, here we get to see his empathetic side, his intelligence and also his people skills. When the good guys are lying and the bad guys are invisible, Reacher has this seventh sense that seems to kick in and it makes for a brilliantly perceptive read.

I shall continue through my journey of Reacher reads, and keep you informed along the way. For those who prefer to dip in and out of Lee Child’s books, this is definitely up there among my favourites and shows off his exceptional writing talent to its best.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: Karin Slaughter, Jeffrey Deaver, Peter James.

Avoid if you don’t like: Long hot days and Texas.

Ideal accompaniments: Jack Daniels and ice cold Coke.

Genre: Crime

Available from Amazon

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