Published: 2005

“I didn’t find Jack Reacher to be a particularly likeable or relatable character.”


What Is ‘One Shot’ About?

Six shots. Five dead.
A heartland city thrown into terror. But within hours the cops have it solved. A slam-dunk case. Apart from one thing. The accused gunman refuses to talk except for a single phrase:
Get Jack Reacher for me.
Reacher lives off the grid. He’s not looking for trouble. But sometimes trouble looks for him. What could connect the ex-military cop to this psychopathic killer?

Why Did I Read ‘One Shot’?

Reading a Lee Child novel (or a ‘Jack Reacher’ novel even) was sort of inevitable. More than enough smoke has been made from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and this came across like the perfect holiday read.
I also held the suspicion that this would be closer to the sort of novel I was hoping to read when I read Tom Clancy – Support and Defend.
That’s it. Nothing more.

What I Liked About ‘One Shot’

The overall story was well thought through, a tight and compact plot that doesn’t get bogged down with too many sub plots.
‘The Zec’ is an interesting and memorable villain with a great backstory. He had the persona of a Bond villian, but with motivations that were grounded and believable.

What I Didn’t Like About ‘One Shot’

I wasn’t able commit to this book for more than half an hour at a time. My biggest issue was that I didn’t find ‘Jack Reacher’ to be a particularly likeable or relatable character – this just wasn’t for me. Reacher never seemed really tested or anything other than completely in control which isn’t especially endearing.
I also thought that some of the other characters looked to him too desperately for my liking.
When Reacher is explaining what he’s figured out it is often dragged out, almost like he’s gloating.
The ending is satisfying but a bit too easy going. Everything sort of goes to plan. Reacher goes through the motions and then taunts his adversary. I would have preferred some difficulty or something not going in his favour.
This perhaps is my fault. I may have put these novels on a pedestal before giving one a chance.

Good Or Bad

Was this book any good? I would still say that it’s a well written page turner. A good holiday read, but it’s not as clever as it wants to be.
Would I recommend it? No, not this one. I reckon there’s better Reacher novels out there which would have earnt Lee Child his reputation.
Would I read it again? No.


Here are some other reviews:

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Paper Towns by John Green
Parable Of The Sower by Octavia E. Butler
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
On Writing (A Memoir Of The Craft) by Stephen King
The Big Short by Michael Lewis

What’s on the list?
The Hidden Legacy by GJ Minett (currently reading)
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Perks Of Being A Wallfower by Stephen Chbosky


Any suggestions?

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