Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Review: The Affair by Lee Child

Author: Lee Child
Title: The Affair
Publisher: Bantam Press
Hardback: 427 pages
ISBN: 978-0-593-06570-9
On the Jacket
March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier?
Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer?
The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it marks a turning point in Reacher's career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn't, will the army be able to live with him? Is this his last case in uniform?
An absolute must for all Reacher fans. 
In The Affair, Lee Child gives us an insight into Reacher's family background and his early influences. Unlike his other novels, Child does try to build a female character in The Affair while normally, in his other books, they are just Reacher's girls. What was new were the sex scenes, which were never there in the previous 15 books!

For someone who has read all the previous offerings, I finally understood why Reacher left the Army. The book takes us back to 1997. While Child's writing needs no reference, the story, told in first person is gripping and unputdownable. Reacher is tough and verile throughout, but when Elizabeth, he is tender. 

Even if you haven't read Child's previous offerings, read this book. Of course,  if you could read from the very beginning, nothing like it. But as a reader and lover of thrillers, you shouldn't miss out on this one!

My rating: 4/5

[This book was reviewed for Random HouseThe opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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