The Bossy Bookworm
Review of The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher #22) by Lee Child
Updated: Aug 7, 2020
Child's Jack Reacher eschews societal standards of beauty and the judgment that often surrounds addiction.
Jack Reacher doesn’t follow the ruuuules! I liked seeing him thinking outside the box here—and especially eschewing societal standards of beauty and the judgment that often surrounds addiction.
The story involved a satisfying set of Reacher-figured-out-a-plan moments, along with somewhat of a commentary on the opioid crisis—especially as related to veterans—and some criticisms of the military treatment of health and humanity after grave injury in the line of duty. Also included: a great smattering of loyal and spunky and smart and determined members of the police and military who help Reacher (and therefore Rose) close the doors on some pretty weighty matters and move on.
The audiobook was narrated by Dick Hill, who has a voice that sounds very similar to Sam Donaldson in his tone and striking voice patterns. This felt very retro to me, and I admit that I often found myself thinking of the narrator’s voice rather than the book’s content.
What did you think?
Child has been writing Jack Reacher novels since 1997, so whether you're committed to the series or you only dabble in suspense, mystery, or crime fiction, you've probably gotten Jack Reacher's number by now. I liked how he Handled It in terms of tricky societal situations in this book.