Tripwire by Lee Child
Published by Jove on May 29, 2007 (first published June 28, 1999)
Series: Jack Reacher, #3
Genre(s): fiction, action, crime, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: paperback, 559
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Jack Reacher hunts the hunter in the third novel in Lee Child’s New York Times bestselling series.
Reacher’s anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who’s come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI’s trail back to New York, Reacher’s compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal—and twisted.
So let’s be real. This is one of those series that requires you to not have, so to speak, realistic expectations. From Reacher’s character, his size and backstory, to the events that occur, it is all a bit fantastical. Which I, frankly, expect from most action novels anyway.
That being said, I found Tripwire to be very entertaining. This fast paced, gripping story had enough twists to make it complex. Although I had an inkling of the final plot twist, it did keep me guessing for most of the book.
What I personally liked about this particular installment was that Child included two strong female characters. Often in action stories, you find a lot of men running around shooting each other while the women hide in a corner, scared and screaming. Here, we have two women who are able to assess a situation and coolly do what needs to be done with grit and perseverance. As a woman, I can’t help but love that.
I will definitely be continuing this series and look forward to what Child has in store for Reacher in the next book. If you like action series, give this one a shot!