Review: Personal by Lee Child

personal“Jack Reacher returns in the latest fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.

You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G-8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.
If anyone can stop Kott, it’s the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he’d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they’re facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses—and no backup if they’re caught. All the while Reacher can’t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won’t let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.” – Publisher Summary

I love Jack Reacher. Years and years (and years) ago, I was searching for something to read and picked up a book sitting on my father’s night stand. It was The Killing Floor, the first book of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, and I will tell you that I was hooked from the start. Many years of enjoyment have followed. Reacher kicks ass and takes no names and after reading these novels, I feel like I could do the same. I’m all, “Bring it, y’all!” So. There you go. A bit of an inflated ego from reading Lee Child…

In Child’s newest book in the Jack Reacher series, Personal, things truly do get personal. For the first time, readers get to see things directly from Reacher’s point of view as this novel is written in first-person from his own perspective. It’s definitely a detour from the books we know and love, but I think it works overall.

Something that does annoy me (highly annoys me) is when authors do not do their research. In the novel, Casey Nice suffers from anxiety and takes Zoloft to treat this. It is my understanding that Zoloft is a drug that works over time and is to be taken long-term; Child represents Nice as taking it “as needed” for anxiety attacks. Perhaps I’m mistaken, but methinks Mr. Child needs to do some reading up on his pharmaceuticals.

Do I want more books in the series written from Reacher’s perspective? Maybe sometime in the future, but probably not. Personal just didn’t have the hard edge to it that Child’s novels usually have. I appreciate his deviation from the usual path, and it was fairly successful, but it didn’t make my heart beat fast the way his novels usually do. That’s something to think about, Mr. Child…

Do you want to read Personal? Yes! You do not want to miss out, especially if you are already a Lee Child fan! Head on out there and get you some today!

Personal by Lee Child. Buy it, read it, love it.

4 stars

Source: Random House – Bantam Dell {via NetGalley}



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2 thoughts on “Review: Personal by Lee Child

  1. Cathy746books says:

    I’ve read a couple of Jack Reacher books and they are such, such good fun. I agree with you about the Zoloft though, it doesn’t take much to get these things right!

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