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Review: The Affair

January 31, 2013

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.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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22 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    January 31, 2013 6:31 am

    Train sex!!! (I just had to say that.) One thing that is important for people to know is that even though this is the 16th in the series, it goes back in time to when Reacher was still employed by the military and evolving into the man we know today. All the other books in the series occur later in his life, after he has retired and is roaming aimlessly. That is probably why you didn’t really see the Jack we are always talking about. So the perk of this book is that you get to see events that define him, and determine some of his quirky little habits we get to love later.

  2. January 31, 2013 6:43 am

    I really like Reacher…have only read six books in the series so far!

  3. January 31, 2013 6:55 am

    I’ve never read a Jack Reacher novel (I know i am in the minority here). This sounds like a decent one.

  4. January 31, 2013 8:56 am

    As much as I love mysteries I have never gotten into Jack Reacher! I don’t know why. Perhaps I’ll give this one a try on audio and see if I can get into what all the excitement is about…..isn’t tom cruise playing jack reacher in the movies? I’m not sure I could watch that one ~ I’m so over tom cruise!

  5. January 31, 2013 9:51 am

    Nice to know you could jump in later in the series and not feel you were missing something. I haven’t read any of the Reacher books but I know people love them.

  6. January 31, 2013 10:05 am

    Ha ha, like Sandy says, if you keep reading, you’ll get to know him and his personal habits! :–)

  7. January 31, 2013 11:03 am

    I have not read any books by Lee Child. I think I would enjoy this audio though. I love having good books that keep me company on my work commute.

  8. zibilee permalink
    January 31, 2013 12:09 pm

    I got this one on audio after Sandy reviewed it, and need to get to it soon. It helps that it’s kind of a throwback to his earlier days because I have a feeling that this book will tell me if I am a Reacher fan or not. I’m glad that you liked it and that you will be continuing on with the series.

  9. January 31, 2013 2:28 pm

    Hmmm…I love the love for this series but it doesn’t quite seem my thing. I might try the first one someday!

  10. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 31, 2013 2:36 pm

    I keep meaning to read one of Lee Child’s books but just haven’t gotten around to it. I’m officially adding him to my list.

  11. bookingmama permalink
    January 31, 2013 2:49 pm

    Like Beth, I want to read one of these but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  12. January 31, 2013 4:23 pm

    It’s interesting that you started in the middle of the series and yet it takes place earlier chronologically than some of the other books. I’m another who’s heard a lot about this series but never read any of it.

  13. January 31, 2013 6:23 pm

    Wow…that’s a ton of listening hours…I would need to read a book while I was listening!

  14. January 31, 2013 6:34 pm

    This is a series I’m dying to start. I’ve been collecting these books for a couple of years. Not sure I could do the audio versions! But, kudos to you! :]

  15. January 31, 2013 6:36 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this series on Reacher. Don’t know if I could do the audios! Kudos to you on this one!

  16. January 31, 2013 6:52 pm

    I have not read any of theses, but they do sound good. Glad you enjoyed it.

  17. January 31, 2013 8:41 pm

    I have yet to read a Jack Reacher book, but hope to one day. These sound good.

  18. January 31, 2013 8:49 pm

    I enjoyed going back in time with Jack to see how he became “Reacher”. I am so glad I stumbled on this series (w/ book 3), it has become one of my favorite series. Glad you enjoyed the book.

  19. January 31, 2013 8:51 pm

    Great review, Kathy! I will keep an eye out for Reacher’s work (which is new to me, to be honest).

  20. February 2, 2013 2:41 pm

    I’ve read the first 8 and the last one was a look back into his military life. He is a different guy in the rest of them. A dirtier, lonlier guy. But he still has lots of sex :)

  21. February 4, 2013 1:10 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books in the series, but maybe I will start it at some point.

  22. February 5, 2013 2:56 pm

    But the big question is: Is Tom Cruise Jack Reacher?

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