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Another author or Child projecting his own vulnerability?
21 January 2016
After the abysmal 'Personal', Jack Reacher is back on form or let's say, formula. 'Make Me' definitely has all the old Reacher story elements. I read some of the other reviews, some of which mention that the book seems like it was written by someone else. I certainly hope not! Reacher is a character created by Child and therefore would behave in a certain way. It did get me thinking though, as there are elements in the story that are a bit out of character for Reacher and this is mentioned by a significant number of reviewers on this site... For example, he seems more vulnerable, and does indeed have a bit of an attachment issue with the female character in the book. The amount of action is definitely less and time spent on describing scenery and sunrises is unusual. I have read all the other books, so can say that these differences do stand out. However, Reacher is ageing and so is the author. Is Child projecting his own vulnerability and mortality into Reacher or has someone else really written this book for Child? The subject matter is also very modern, unlike some of the other Reacher books, which give the impression that mobile phones and the internet don't exist. This book deals with some very current topics and the ending is also unusual and shocking in a way not seen in other Reacher novels. However, we live in a world where the kind of action hero like Reacher can't really survive just through brute force and some clever moves alone. So is this Child moving Reacher into a slightly different modus operandi to reflect the times we live in, or did another author write this book? A lot of us care about Reacher and some of the reviewers have suggested retiring him. I think that there is life left in the man yet and from my perspective it would be nice to see a real follow up to this book which builds on his relationship with the lead female character and the fallout of his injuries. Will Reacher stay a man or turn into a mouse? I know it's not easy to churn out book after book, but Mr. Child here is a request and a challenge: Please don't retire him just yet, but do keep Reacher the man that women want to be with and men want to be!