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Lots of Suspense in a Peculiar Plot,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Running Blind (Jack Reacher Novels) (Taschenbuch)
If you haven't read Tripwire, I recommend that you precede any reading of this book with that one.
Running Blind has more suspense in it than most of the Jack Reacher novels. Unlike the other stories where Reacher has it all under control, he has just the opposite here . . . everything is coming unglued.
If the plot had made sense, this would have been a heart-pumping, five-star page-turner. As it is, the book was more of a puzzling, heart-pumping page-turner.
In the beginning of the story, Reacher finds himself in the middle of unwanted attention from law enforcement authorities. The reasons for this don't make a lot of sense . . . and that inauspicious beginning (while revealing about Reacher's character) left me scratching my head.
The story is one I've been dying to read ever since I finished Tripwire. In that book, Reacher rekindles an old love in a new way. How will Reacher handle a committed relationship? It's a good premise for this story, but most of that premise is unfulfilled in this plot.
Someone's killing women who were sexually abused in the Army. The killer seems to be some evil genius whose very method is in doubt. I was kept busy trying to figure out the murder method throughout the book.
I was profoundly disappointed when the M.O. turned out to be one that didn't ring true with me. Perhaps it will with you. If you see the M.O. as plausible, you will probably rate this as a four or five star book.
As for the puzzle itself, Lee Child does a nice job of showing you enough to keep you interested but mostly holding back on what the real story is. I didn't find it hard, though, to figure out who did what to whom and why. He should have held back a little more. But it's a fair mystery in the sense that all the clues you need are there for you to identify the murderer.
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