"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." - Oscar Wilde
Barely 3 stars - because Reacher
Alright, I'm not sure what happened. I love Jack Reacher, I've read all the books. Some were better, some were weaker, but all in all I love the stories. But this one was different. As in, not really Jack Reacher.
Although I was able to catch glimpses of "my" Reacher doing his thing. He still thinks in short, (mostly) precise sentences. He still has a very analytical mind, and some unusual but very efficient investigation techniques. The "case" was rather interesting. A sniper Reacher put behind bars years ago, seems to be back and planning an attack on the world's leaders in Europe. So far, so good. Reacher gets sucked into it somewhat involuntarily - as alsways - and tries to make the best of it. And travels all over the world. Something wrong with this picture? To me it sure is! Reacher traveling from A to Z back to K because the CIA tells him to, was a little hard to swallow - it didn't feel like something he would do, not like this.
The investigation wasn't that complicated or too drawn out, just... lacking? Analytic is fine with me, but this was a little over the top. And, dare I say it, boring. I needed forever to finish it! Which is unusual enough, just saying. But most of all, I was shaking my head more and more about the solutions of the mysteries. It was all so very... all over the place. Weird, surreal and not the quality I'm used to from Lee Child. Not that I was consulting with my SO when it came to the technical aspects of Child's descriptions of arms and shootings and weaponry in other books. But with this one? I was so sceptical, I even read several pages to him out loud, because really?! I just didn't buy the last third of he book. Neither did he, by the way.
Very disappointing. Additionally, I was absolutely not convinced by the side characters. Not even Reacher's female apprentice of the week. Barely a 3 star read for me.