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Make Me

(Jack Reacher #20)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  49,123 ratings  ·  3,971 reviews
A Jack Reacher Novel

“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 thi
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Bantam Press
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Reading one, any one, will commit you to many, many hours of enjoyment in the river of Reacher. Jump in wherever, for…more
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Reading one, any one, will commit you to many, many hours of enjoyment in the river of Reacher. Jump in wherever, for the river is wide, deep and fast moving. (less)
Jim I have lived in both Kansas and Oklahoma and know each of the states. There is train service through Kansas but it does not stop in small towns. The…moreI have lived in both Kansas and Oklahoma and know each of the states. There is train service through Kansas but it does not stop in small towns. The description of the Great Plains works for both states and the Panhandle of Texas. What doesn't fit is no post office and yet far too many other kind of services for a town of 1,000. Mother's Rest is a mythological town. It is not Lake Wobegon, however.(less)

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Karin Slaughter
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. I am running away with Jack Reacher. I don't care if I never get to wash my clothes or eat regular meals.
Phrynne
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Number 20 in the Jack Reacher series and one of the best out of all of them! This Jack is slightly different from the usual and I wonder if Lee Child is planning on letting him have a relationship and stay in one place a while in the next book. I very much enjoyed his interactions with Chang and laughed aloud several times at his humour. I also liked his intelligence. Sure he still takes on three thugs at a time and wins but he also plans and strategises and works things out. I thought this book ...more
Craig
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes! Now this is a Jack Reacher book. Everything the last book wasn't. It starts with Reacher getting off a train in the small town of Mother's Rest. He's curious about the name and thinks he might spend a day or so there, checking out any local museum, getting the story from the locals, etc. But this simple decision has him stepping into one of the darkest mysteries in this entire series, one that doesn't become entirely clear until 30 or so pages from the end. The book is filled with the minut ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Make Me (Jack Reacher, #20), Lee Child
Make Me is the twentieth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. It was initially published on 8 September 2015 by Delacorte Press. The novel is written in the third person.
“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 mista
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Mackey
May 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-reviews
Perhaps I have grown past Lee Child in this genre but I suspect it has more to do with the fact that once I loved Jack Reacher as described by Lee Child. I loved that he was a vagabond, someone who disliked the military for what it had done to him, someone who hated guns and didn't look for trouble but it always seemed to find him anyway. Now all I see is Tom Cruise, runt. The direction of Child's books seem to be leaning toward a character that would fit Cruise rather than Reacher's persona and ...more
James Thane
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pity poor Jack Reacher. It's like the guy can never get even ten minutes to himself to relax and enjoy life before he stumbles into some grave crisis that only someone as talented as Jack Reacher could ever hope to sort out and set right.

In this case, Reacher is riding in a train through the vast heartland of America, on his way to Chicago. He wants to get to the city before it gets too cold to enjoy it. Out in the middle of nowhere, though, the train stops in a little town called Mother's Rest.
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Paula Kalin
I do love Jack Reacher. Make Me is the 20th in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series and a good one. This time he is paired with Michelle Chang, ex-FBI and now a private investigator. I really enjoy reading about Reacher's relationship with women. The series always has strong female partners. Jack Reacher respects women for their intelligence among others attributes.

Make Me is a can't put it down book. Like the others in the series, the dialog is easy to read and the action is plentiful. I went thru t
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Gary
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
The 20th book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Having read and enjoyed the previous 19 in the series it was inevitable that I would read this one. All the books in this series have lots of action and this was no exception. A decent story and the book kept me interested throughout but never quite hit the heights of some of the previous ones. I think these books are my guilty pleasure, they are not that well written but good fun.
Alex is The Romance Fox
Make Me is the 20th novel in Lee Child’s iconic Jack Reacher Series. Having been slightly disappointed with the last couple of books in one of my favorite series, I was looking forward to this latest addition.

I have grown to love Jack Reacher since I read the 1st book in the series….. a military cop-turned-drifter, who travels around America, the only possessions he has with him are a toothbrush and his ATM bank card….owns no house, no car….no material possessions expect as mentioned the two ab
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Brenda
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I proudly admit, right up front, that I am a genuine, card-carrying Reacher Creature. I will follow Reacher wherever he goes. I will read all future books and see all future movies. This book did not disappoint. Right from Chapter One, Reacher is in trouble, even though he doesn't know it yet. The story and the characters are meticulously rolled out, and the full final explanation of what was really going on just blew my mind.
Michael
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Child is a guilty pleasure for me. How to account for my spouting pacificism and bemoaning our violent human nature and at the same time being enthralled with Reacher’s vigilante spirit and no qualms about killing people he finds deserve killing? The formula takes a man who drifts around the country in “off-the-grid” mode, lets you get drawn with him into helping someone in trouble, in the process slowly uncovering a major criminal conspiracy from the smallest of clues, and then after some dange ...more
Andrew Smith
I like this series. Jack Reacher was a army cop, until he left under dubious circumstances – he’s not a man to get on the wrong side of – and now he travels America with no more than a credit card, some id and a toothbrush. When he needs a change of clothes he ditches what he's currently wearing and buys new. And he's big, very big. If he sees a wrong he rights it. To the uninitiated that's about all you need to know.

In this, the twentieth book, Reacher exits the train at a small town in the mi
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Manuel Antão
Sep 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Extreme Awfulness: "Make Me" by Lee Child

 
I'm going to write a pastiche à la Lee Child. It's going to be fun:
 
He looked at her.
She looked at him.
They both climbed up the stairs without saying a word to each other.
He said nothing.
He tried unlocking the door, but the key didn’t fit.
She looked at him again wondering what the hell was going on.
He said nothing.
He tried to force the door open with his huge and capable hands.
She looked at him
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Trish
My first foray into the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child began with this novel. Reacher is traveling by train to Chicago when he notices something that makes him exit the train in a small town called Mother's Rest. The former FBI agent he meets there convinces him that putting his military policeman skills to work would be a worthwhile way to spend his time.

Of course I’d heard about Jack Reacher for years, and knew he was high on the list of worthwhile crime avengers, but I’d never been tempted
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Alan
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jack Reacher hooks up with a private investigator to locate a missing person. Actually three missing people. No. I take that back. There are four missing people. In the search, Reacher and the PI must venture into the Deep Web, the hidden part of the Internet where criminals and hackers abound. It's a very nasty place.

As for the plot, it's gripping, completely novel, and loaded with plenty of plausible twists. And I guarantee you'll never guess the ending. The writing is engaging and tight. The
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Donald Grant
Sep 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When Lee Child first introduced Jack Reacher, I, along with so many, enjoyed each novel and anxiously waited for the next one to arrive. Reacher was a character that stood for what was right and no matter in what situation he found himself, he triumphed. His handling of each situation was believable and the novels were fun to read. The last few have become formulaic and somewhat unbelievable. Child, like Louis L’Amour, has written one story over and over. In Make Me, I knew what was going to hap ...more
Kamilla
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
The only way I can think of doing this review is by writing it in two parts. Here is the first:
What was good about the book:
Well... Reacher of course. He is his old self, although he seems a bit older, and a bit more sexual. Which wasn't bad in itself. His reacherisms made me smile (I have collected a few at the end of this review). So typically Reacher. Also, his way of lateral thinking, his observational skills and deductions were all as we have come to expect and love. His sidekick, Michelle
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Fred
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
New York Best Seller List - Sep. 27, 2015 - #1

Can Jack Reacher & Michelle Chang travel & find this small town called “Mother’s Rest”? In their travels they find many “Mother’s Rest” towns just outside the large cities mentioned in the book’s description.


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One with an ancient railroad, death history, yearly suicides, ancient wagon trail, ancient Indian tribe, one “Mother’s Rest” town built by her son for his dead mom, most with small strange “Mother’s Rest” store
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Brenda
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jack Reacher decided the stop along the train line called Mother’s Rest warranted a visit – for no other reason than he was curious as to how the town attained the name. In the middle of fields and fields of wheat, it was a lonely place with no other town or habitation as far as the eye could see. Stepping from the train at midnight, he was surprised to see a young woman in front of him – but she was waiting for someone else; someone who didn’t arrive…

Michelle Chang was ex FBI turned private inv
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Lewis Weinstein
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Not the best Reacher ... a truly horrible premise and too much of what seemed to me to be irrelevant material. Still, it had its moments.
Skip
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Here's a minor revelation: Jack Reacher can be injured and by a single adversary too. Not sure that counts as a spoiler. He alights from a train in Mother's Rest, OK mostly to find out how the town got its name. He meets a retired FBI agent, turned PI, named Michelle Chang, and takes a liking to her and her investigation into the disappearance of a business partner, Keever. Something is not right in the town, and they track down a L.A. writer and a source in Chicago, who thinks he has discovered ...more
Sandra
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3.5*

I have a slight suspicion that this book was written by someone other than Lee Child. Or part of it anyway.

For once, it wasn't mostly written in the staccato sentences usually used in the Reacher novels. Which I hate btw. There were parts that actually had some long, incoherent and rambling sentences, to the point that my eyes started glazing over and I fast-forwarded to the next paragraph. Child also uses repetition quite often. Maybe he needed some fillers to reach the required minimum amo
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Susan Johnson
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I eagerly await a new Jack Reacher novel each other. I do have to admit my enthusiasm has waned slightly since Child sold the movie rights to Tom Cruise but I will not beat a dead horse any further. I will just say that it disappointed me.

This is a very dark story and the ending truly horrified me. It was incredibly sick and twisted. There was no good vs. bad. It was about evil pure and simple. Frankly, I think it went a step too far.

And it made me think it's getting a little tired. The stori
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William
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-stars
Another good one by Child. For most of the novel, you are wondering what Mother's Rest could possibly mean, and just how bad it could be. Well-plotted and fun. Chock full of gun porn.

The dialogue/prose only bogs down once or twice, and you can just skim those parts without missing anything substantial.

In the middle of the book, there is one wonderfully presented scene where Reacher and Hackett face off. Some other action scenes are very well done, as usual for Child. And the climax at the
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John Avanzato
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Where do I begin? As an avid Jack Reacher fan, I have been anxiously watching one of my favorite authors veer off course now for several years. Beginning somewhere around book fifteen in the series, it appeared to me that Lee Child had not just run out of ideas but that he was probably getting bored. Perhaps, success does this to a man. This book has all the traditional elements of a classic Reacher story but the writing is tired and uninspired as if the author were trying to make a dead-line an ...more
Kyle
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Jack Reacher books. Good way to end the series. If this is indeed the last book of the series.
Alafair Burke
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reacher at his best. Suspense on every page, and I think Michelle Chang might be my favorite Reacher sidekick yet.
Emily
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, fiction, review-copy
I know it's fashionable to make fun of trigger warnings these days, but I think there are cases where they make sense, for example, their (original?) purpose of warning people suffering from eating disorders away from descriptions that could trigger relapses of their behavior, symptoms of the most fatal mental illnesses. In the same spirit, I think part of this book benefits from a content warning, but since it comes up about 80% in, I will put it under a spoiler tag for you to read if mental il ...more
Jim
In my opinion Lee Child's Jack Reacher books are hit or miss. This, the 20th book in the series, is a home run. Reacher is usually found hitchhiking or riding a bus. This time he is taking the train. Destination? A small town called Mother's Rest. "No particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there". Reacher is a curious man and all he wants to know is “Why is this town called Mother’s Rest?” He figures maybe there is a museum or a tombstone or someone in town can explain. But ...more
Linda Wells
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Reacher has no particular place to go, all the time in the world to get there, so he steps off a train in Mother’s Rest, a small town hidden in a thousand square miles of wheat fields. It’s a strange place with watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes Reacher for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have turned lethal.”

Former FBi Special Agent turned Private Investigator, Michelle Chang, and Jack Reacher meet by chance at a
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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 pr ...more

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