Book Review #79: Personal by Lee Child

Title: Personal (Jack Reacher #19)

Author: Lee Child

Genre: Thriller

Format: Paperback

Date of Publication: April 23rd 2015

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN13: 9780857502667

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Jack Reacher walks alone.

Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president.

Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.

This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child’s number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris – and then to London.

The stakes have never been higher – because this time, it’s personal.



You can never go wrong with a Lee Child read!

Personal, like any other Jack Reacher thriller, reads and plays like a movie. Completely action packed with the edge of the cliff feel and subtle sprinkle light situations in between to give you a breather, this novel was an ease to read. Every other chapter has something or the other happening to keep me busy reading. Jack Reacher is never without obstacles, big or small. But somehow he always finds a way around. There is no one, absolutely no one, you can trust when it comes to people around Reacher. It is not until the end you become sure of who stands where. And the action sequences! There are a treat to read, and would love to see them being performed on the screen.

If you love a pure, hard-boiled and highly addictive thriller that grows on you then this book, as a matter of fact any Lee Child novel, is worth your time.

Note: If you’re a Tom Cruise fan, it helps to think about him while reading. Worked like a charm for me. We might not see Cruise as Reacher in the future, but there’s no harm in imagining.😉


Final Verdict:

Personal by Lee Child gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.


If you want to read my reviews to the other Lee Child books you can click the following:

Tripwire (Jack Reacher #3)


About the author:

lee child

Lee Child was born in 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 presentationdirector 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.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment.

Lee has several homes—an apartment in Manhattan, country houses in England and the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the them. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar’s Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

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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