Book Review: Persuader by Lee Child

persuaderTitle: Persuader
Author: Lee Child
Genre: Thriller
2011 (2003)
Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages: 544
Started: 17th September 2017
Completed: 17th September 2017
Rating: 4.5/5
Summary: Never forgive, never forget. Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs – and rewrite his own agonizing past.

Never apologize. Never explain. When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?

Persuader is the seventh book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. This book does not fit into a particular place in the series so it can be read at any time, unlike some of the other books.

I have previously reviewed Killing FloorDie TryingTripwire, The Visitor, Echo Burning, and Without Fail.

I’m a big fan of the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child and this one is no exception to that rule. I’ll start by saying that I was happy that it was in third person, since I prefer reading novels from a third person perspective, and that I thought the writing was excellent in this book.

The plot was clever and intricate. I’m not going to give the plot away, you can find out everything about the novel on Wikipedia but that’s not what I’m here to do, but it is definitely my favourite Reacher plot so far, maybe tied with The Visitor. The plot is fuelled by several different motivations, including Reacher’s need for revenge, and every page propelled the novel forward towards the final showdown at the end. The book is filled to the brim with twists, even from the very beginning, and it was incredibly engaging because you want to know how everything will play out in the end.

I liked the characters in this book more than I ever have in a Jack Reacher novel before. Reacher is still the same character, strong and moral, but you see a different side to him in this novel due to his flashbacks and his motivation for helping the other characters in the book. The characters of this book were diverse, interesting, clever, and flawed. They felt like real people.

Child’s writing was fluent and fast-paced, with great dialogue and wonderful attention to detail. The narrative voice is excellent too. Child is able to blend Reacher’s past and present together, using flashbacks to explain Reacher’s motivation and to give the reader tantalising hints about the novel’s main villain.

Overall this is my favourite Reacher book so far and I’m very much looking forward to reading The Enemy which is the next book in the series.

9 thoughts on “Book Review: Persuader by Lee Child

  1. I like the Reacher books, but I am the opposite of you. I find them a bit more interesting when we get first-person narration by Reacher. It’s fun to get inside his head.

    I do find that with all of the Reacher books, at least three things will happen.

    1. Reacher will eat a diner (and we’ll get his thoughts on the coffee)
    2. Reacher will buy clothing from an Army/Navy surplus store or convenience store
    3. Reacher will only use a travel toothbrush and mints, never toothpaste because it’s a waste of money.

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    1. I recently went to a Lee Child talk/book signing and apparently Reacher goes to a coffee place in almost every book because Child drinks about 30 cups of coffee a day himself. Which is insane but the academics who organised the talk vouched for his excessive coffee consumption.

      I like the multiple POVs that third person allows but first person is much more intimate and unreliable, which is always fun.


    1. I love crime fiction and thrillers too. It’s so easy to get hooked on the book. If you haven’t read Tripwire and The Visitor then I recommend those two Lee Child books.

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