Review: The Affair
In 1997, while he was still in the Army, Jack Reacher is sent to Carter Crossing, Mississippi to have a look around. A young lady has been murdered and it sure looks like a soldier from the nearby base did it. When he gets to Mississippi, Reacher befriends the local sheriff and the two end up working together. They both want justice but it seems impossible to get when someone in power wants things swept under the rug. Even after he’s called off the case, Reacher pursues the truth with a dogged determination.
I’ve heard a lot about Lee Child‘s character, Jack Reacher, so I was anxious to read a book in the series. When I noticed that I have The Affair on audio, I decided it would be the one I would start with. The Affair is the 16th book in the series but I had no problem following the plot. I got the feeling that Jack Reacher was the only recurring character so that wasn’t really a problem either.
I really enjoyed the mystery/thriller aspect of this book and felt like both the story and the writing were solid. I was hooked from the start and needed to know how things would turn out. There were lots of twists and turns and quite a few clues along the way, but I didn’t figure things out. I’m not really sure readers can, but once things were revealed, it all fell into place and made sense.
I liked the character of Jack Reacher but didn’t really get a sense for him, if that makes sense. I’ve heard people say he’s a loner who doesn’t bathe or change clothes often and I didn’t get that feeling at all. I have to admit that I did want to know more about him than was revealed in this book. I’m intrigued enough, though, to want to read more Reacher books to discover more about him.
The audio version of The Affair is narrated by Dick Hill and he does a great job, even though he sounded a little old for the role to me. Of course, he was telling a story that happened to him in the past, so it worked for me. According to Sandy, Dick Hill IS Jack Reacher! The audio is on 11 CDs and lasts approximately 14 hours.