This was my first read by Lee Child. I am not impressed. It was somewhat refreshing to see a different style of writing. Unlike the usual, cliché monster male serial killer, it was a female this time. But it was way too unrealistic. The way he laid the Plot just did not add up. And hypnotism, seriously? Is that the best you could come up with? Should’ve put it under fantasy fiction
“Running Blind”-an enjoyable, complex Jack Reacher mystery (#4 in the series and sometimes entitled “The Visitor") by Lee Child. Roaming ex-MP Reacher is still anchored at Garrison, NY & in love with Jodie. But standing up for someone creates thorny situations for him and others, full of tight timelines and much danger, as puzzling situations get deeper and Reacher is a key player. Five ENGAGING Stars. (RBSProds)
Typical Lee Childs thriller. Character development was spot on and the story line moved me both emotionally and anxious.
I rate this early Reacher novel four stars out of five.
Like other authors, I try to read their works from the beginning so I have much catching up to do with Lee Child. That being said, I found this to be much better written than his first two books. The twist at the end was far less obvious and the main character had more depth. The plot was far more engaging and the whodunit part was well disguised. Soon I will start on the next book in the series expecting an even bigger improvement and hope not to be disappointed.
This tale is vintage Jack Reacher. Lee Child has created a most interesting character in Reacher. This tale delves into how Reacher's mind solves riddles. The book moves swiftly and with the tart yet delightful dialogue that keeps the reader turning the pages. The finale is unexpected and well thought out.
A great reading full of suspense.
I could not predict this ending at all. Kept be guessing the entire time. Loved it!!!
A good rendering by Child and Reacher fans won't be disappointed.....as all the "Reacher Rules" generously applied here - from kicking butt, minimal clothes changing, folding toothbrush, no luggage, to walking miles and miles on interstates.
What is perplexing, however, is Child's obvious lack of research on one of the book's major plotting points. Major Spoiler Alert here - read no further if you plan to buy Running Blind....
OK - you have been warned. Here's the deal - All of the victims were hypnotized in order for the killer to carry out the dastardly deeds. But EVERYONE knows or should no that absolutely No one can be hypnotized and be "commanded " to do something he or she would deem to be immoral, illegal, or otherwise against something that person would ordinarily never do - like, uh, kill themselves or rake a screw driver across their face!
Come on - Lee - just google any article on hypnotism on the old World Wide Web and you can find out what every psychiatrist and psychologist knows!!
So I was really into the book until the last 20 pages when the author became a bit lazy with the facts - still a great read just a bit disappointing at the end! Three stars - not my usual Reacher 5 stars because Lee needs to quit counting his royalties and get off the couch to research!
This is a great Jack Reacher book where we get to see even deeper into his flawed character. The one issue I have with the book (spoiler alert) is the colonel. The voice was used for him earlier in the book and then suddenly at the end you are left wondering why he was being so secretive about his copy of the list if that inner voice was not him. Made me think the next book was going to put Reacher on his trail because the book makes it seem he is also up to something no good and that was just unsatisfying.
I enjoyed Running Blind, but it wasn't the best Jack Reacher novel. First half pretty slow but then it picks up. Good conclusion.
The most implausible story I have ever read! The earlier Reacher books were very good. This story line sucked, it portrayed the FBI as very crooked and corrupt. The tool used to make the victims kill themselves was the most stupid I've ever heard.
Pass the Reacher by, and save your money!
I just love Jack Reacher! My kind of hero......I shall read them all!