The Affair by Lee Child

01 Mar

10428708I found my love for murder thrillers with Steig Larsson’s series and the love got magnified with Lee Child’s The Affair. This is my first book by him.

The story revolves around a woman who is murdered in a small town in Mississippi. The Kellum army base is in close proximity. The army is suspicious about it being the murder of one of the, so one MP is sent to investigate within the army base to investigate.Jack Reacher is thus assigned to go undercover as a civilian and work with the local cops to investigate. Romance brews between Reacher and the local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux and here on the story unfurls at a pacy which is heady, which makes this book such an entertaining read.

Reacher is  a maverick who plays by his own rules as he drifts from place to place. Reacher lives “in a world where you don’t start fights but you sure as hell finish them, and you don’t lose them either.” These lines clearly define the character which people have come to love, Lee Child’s latest, “The Affair,” the sixteenth book in the series.

Child has an interesting way of being very brisk about describing some aspects of his narrative. His descriptions are so vivid, that you can almost see the events unfurling right in front of your eyes. I felt immersed in this small town with its racial divisions, brutal poverty and a seething sense of injustice that comes from the eternal ‘haves versus the have nots’. In a way it’s a rewarding thing to know that there is an avenging angel out there at least in the fictional world to fight for those who have been denied of their rights and their voices.When you have these kinds of situations with so much brutality and casual discarding of lives, it makes you want a meaty fist of vengeance like Reacher who is there to help resolve the mess.

The Affair was a good book and it left a void in me as I finished the book. Now I’m going to ensure that I find and read up more of Jack Reacher. Also I am going to recommend this book to those hardcore thriller lovers. It was an entertaining read. 

Pick this book up, as it keeps you gripped till the very end.

My rating 3.75/5

This review is for Random House India; however the opinions expressed here are my own. 

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