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The Affair was a fair novel
12 November 2011
After spending the last 7 months reading all Lee Child's previous Reacher novels, i was disappointed that my journey with Reacher was soon coming to an end as i purchased the latest book.
Then i felt a second disappointment as i read The Affair.
Many of his books come together in the closing chapters, the HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHO of the plot etc.
Suspense, thrilling, on a knife edge, anticipation, looking forward to picking up the book again ... all aspects i strongly associate with the Reacher novels, despite the odd couple of weaker novels in the series.
However, The Affair lacked these elements for me.
Usually when reading Lee Childs Reacher novels you find yourself nodding and thinking how clever the writing is.
However, and may i add 'sadly' it seems Lee Child lost his way in the plot of this book and the closing chapters didn't flourish into a coherent conclusion. Even a hint of a twist midway into the book was weak.
In the end it felt as though Child's had scrabbled for a convenient close to the book. And when the reader is finally aware of the crime unfolded, it's all a bit flat and you're left feeling deflated at a poor Reacher novel.
I agree with another review that i read; Lee Childs should consider taking a year out and not attempt to get a book out each year. Maybe the next novel will be back to it's best.