A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.
I'll start by saying that I love the Reacher books and have read a couple of them more than once. This one is terrible. Dick Hill is superb, as usual but Lee Child is not. This one is so full of endless description of everything except action that I found myself dozing off more than once. I figured out the "mystery" way before Reacher did and I hate when that happens. I'm sure that die hard fans like myself will discount this review and buy it anyway and I'm not trying to discourage you from doing that. I'm just saying that much of what I love about the series (action) is not present in this one. Don't even get me started on the ending...
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Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.
I can see the point of some of the negative reviews posted here. There was some superfluous detail and the end was slightly contrived. I suppose I'm a little jaded, maybe a lot jaded. It's all about the journey in this one. I very much enjoyed the twists and turns of the story. Coben even made me a little teary eyed at times. I didn't figure this one out until the end and that, to me, is the definition of a good mystery. Great narrator as well. It was recommended to me by one of my students and I intend to thank him next week.