Review: Make Me by Lee Child



Published: August 2015
Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Crime
Age Category: Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought it

Rating: star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating.75 star rating

“Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” That’s all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It’s a tiny place hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, and sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, and there’s something about Chang . . . so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he’s plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco, and through the hidden parts of the internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way—right back to where he started, in Mother’s Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.

Walking away would have been easier. But as always, Reacher’s rule is: If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.


Being a fan of heavy mystery and crime fiction novels, I found Make Me to be quite an exciting read. It’s confusing, intriguing, bloody, and an absolute page turner. The novel is quite a puzzle, really. Throughout the story, we are given bits and pieces of information, perplexing clues that leave us drowning in theories and questions. It is difficult to put together and highly unpredictable – and I suppose this is why I loved this book. It really gets you thinking, as the mystery is not an easy one to solve.

Make me tells the story of an ordinary (sort of) guy by the name of Jack Reacher, a man who “has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there”. Whilst travelling, he stops at a place strangely named Mother’s Rest, and it is here where he meets former FBI agent and private investigator Michelle Chang, who is desperately searching for her missing colleague. Reacher, being quite an adventurous character, tries to help her out. However, this one-day stopover turns into an open-minded quest that turns out to last longer, and be far more complex than either of them anticipated.

One thing I particularly liked about this novel was the gradual build up of the story. The plot developed well, there were no loopholes and everything made perfect sense. Jack Reacher himself is quite an interesting character. He’s skilled, highly intelligent, sexy, fearless, and being a former military cop, he has quite a lot of physical strength too (the fighting scenes the greatest). He also happens to be very, very stubborn. After all, his rule is:

“If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.”

As for Michelle, she wasn’t too bad but I did at times feel like she didn’t really do much despite being with Reacher pretty much 24/7. Plus she’s the one with the missing colleague. For example, there’s a scene in which a man is apparently trying to kill the two, and Reacher begins to fight him. The man has a gun and the fight is very bloody and violent, and Michelle practically stands on the side the whole time as they attempt to kill each other. I mean, didn’t you think that maybe you should…I don’t know…help? This didn’t bother me the first time but when it kept happening…ugh.

Anyway, the novel also taught me quite a few interesting things. For example, I learnt a lot of crazy stuff about the deep web, which is this bizarre ‘dark side’ of the internet in which a lot of criminal activity and crazy sh*t goes on. You can, for example, hire someone to murder someone for you in the exact way that you requested. But I’m not going to go into depth with this. You can do your research.

Towards the middle of the novel, I started to have my doubts about the story as it wasn’t clear where things were going, and it started to get slightly repetitive and boring. But that didn’t last long, because the ending was absolutely spectacular. Seriously, it was bloody amazing. Pun intended.

If you are a fan of mystery and thriller stories, then Make Me is a must read for you! Lee Child has heaps of Jack Reacher thrillers, and I certainly intend on reading some more.


Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV’s “golden age.” During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars’ worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

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