Review: The Enemy by Lee Child

Finished reading The Enemy by Lee Child

Title: The Enemy
Writer: Lee Child
Genre: #thriller #suspense
Length: 356
My rating: 4/5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Version: Hardcover

Language: 🇫🇮


Jack Reacher. Hero. Loner. Soldier. Soldier’s son. An elite military cop, he was one of the army’s brightest stars. But in every cop’s life there is a turning point. One case. One messy, tangled case that can shatter a career. Turn a lawman into a renegade. And make him question words like honor, valor, and duty. For Jack Reacher, this is that case.

New Year’s Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina “hot-sheets” motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can’t be controlled. Within hours the general’s wife is murdered hundreds of miles away. Then the dominoes really start to fall.

Two Special Forces soldiers—the toughest of the tough—are taken down, one at a time. Top military commanders are moved from place to place in a bizarre game of chess. And somewhere inside the vast worldwide fortress that is the U.S. Army, Jack Reacher—an ordinarily untouchable investigator for the 110th Special Unit—is being set up as a fall guy with the worst enemies a man can have.

But Reacher won’t quit. He’s fighting a new kind of war. And he’s taking a young female lieutenant with him on a deadly hunt that leads them from the ragged edges of a rural army post to the winding streets of Paris to a confrontation with an enemy he didn’t know he had. With his French-born mother dying—and divulging to her son one last, stunning secret—Reacher is forced to question everything he once believed…about his family, his career, his loyalties—and himself. Because this soldier’s son is on his way into the darkness, where he finds a tangled drama of desperate desires and violent death—and a conspiracy more chilling, ingenious, and treacherous than anyone could have guessed.


I could not have guessed how much I’d enjoy re-reading these Jack Reacher books. So far I think The Enemy is the best as it gives glimpses of Reachers’s past and his family.

For me, the first point of view is the easiest to read as I get to live the events with the character. And being inside Reacher’s mind, we’ll, it was something I wanted to do again.

But… There is always a but in there somewhere.

While the story and writing were good and Reacher as a character is super interesting, I still longed for more. I wanted to see the world through Reacher’s eyes and it didn’t work that way because Lee Child wrote the first point of view the same way he writes the third point of view. It was distant. It could have been written in third and not first as I did not get the secret emotions out from Reacher’s mind.

The main story started fast and for once I could not predict the end game in the middle of the book. I also liked the mistakes Reacher made as a younger man and those gave me more perspective to his personality.

Anyway, I enjoyed it and gave four stars out of five to The Enemy.

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