Pages: 510 Price: £8.00 Published: 2000 by Bantam Press
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Age 16+
(The Visitor is also called Running Blind in other countries)
“Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they’re both dead. Found in their own homes, naked in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.”
So for those who have either been reading my reviews for a while or have looked around my blog a lot you will know I am a massive fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. I would go as far to say as Lee Child is my favourite author and the Jack Reacher series is my favourite series of books. This book helped solidify that.
I really loved the story of this book. The majority of Crime Thriller’s out there have their protagonist as either a high power detective or even someone in the FBI, you always believe the FBI to be the ‘good guys’. ‘The Visitor’ flips that view on its head. Reacher is threatened and manipulated by the FBI into working with them. The FBI have a case of three murdered ex-army female officers, all victims of sexual harassment that Reacher dealt with in his time as a Military Policeman. Due to the FBI and the US Army not getting along the FBI want to use Reacher as a go between in order to help them catch the guy killing all these women. At first, however, their suspicious lie on Reacher, as the FBI believe strongly in their system of profiling, led by their top profiler Julia Lamarr. Reacher thinks the idea of profiling is a load of rubbish and so naturally argues and butts heads with Lamarr a lot with Reacher having some great one liner comments to throw back at her which I found really entertaining. With the FBI threatening harm upon Reacher’s girlfriend, Jodie Garber, he reluctantly agrees to help.
Whilst being held under the FBI’s control Reacher is under the watchful eye of Lisa Harper. Whilst originally not wanting to work together, Reacher and Harper slowly build a friendship as the book goes on and there is a great dynamic between the two, I think Harper is my favourite companion so far that Reacher has had out of the books. Both characters had great chemistry together and so I really enjoyed them being together for the majority of the book.
The ending and resolution of the book was incredible, you’ll never see the twist coming. I really recommend this book due to it being a classic example of a fast paced Thriller, a real unputdownable page turner. I would defintely read it again.
My Rating: 5/5 STARS
You can get the book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-visitor/lee-child/jeff-harding/9780857500076