Review: Without fail by Lee Child

Finished reading Without Fail by Lee Child

Title: Without Fail / Kaukolaukaus
Writer: Lee Child
Genre: #thriller
Length: pages 392
My rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Paperback, read it in Finnish


Jack Reacher walks alone. No job, no ID, no last known address.

But he never turns down a plea for help. Now a woman tracks him down. A woman serving at the very heart of US power. A woman who needs Reacher’s assistance in her new job.

Her job? Protecting the Vice-President of the United States.

Her problem? Someone wants the VP dead.


This was my first read of Lee Child’s books and I was positively suprised. There was depth in the Jack Reachers character. More than I anticipated because of my image of the guy has been quite negative and I’ve thought he is some kind of serial killer tuff guy.

Mr. Reacher was soft, genuinely kind to those who did not bother him. He did not miss his brother (who was dead in this book) but Lee Child wrote this character’s personality in a way that I felt Reacher was sad that his brother made the stupid mistake to be killed. So the emotional drama was conflicted and it suited to the Reachers personality.

Before I read the book I also read a few other reviews. Those were saying that this was an exciting and nail-biting thriller. That’s not true I think. I did not feel any excitement or suspense. It was ok read, interesting but not thrilling. And I think it is bad if you can stop reading whenever you want, so that is the reason I give this book only 3 stars. Maybe next time Mr. Reacher’s story grabs me up and keeps me glued to the pages, but not this time.

”A good coat is like a good lawyer. it covers your ass.”

Lee Child, Without Fail (Jack Reacher, #6)

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