Pages: 572 Price: £8.00 Published: 2001 by Bantam Press
“Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer. Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful. But her husband’s in jail. When he comes out, he’s going to kill her. Her family’s hostile, she can’t trust the cops, and the lawyers won’t help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder. Jack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.”
Another fantastic book in Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. Echo Burning is the fifth book in the Jack Reacher series and it does not disappoint at all. For Thriller literature fans the Jack Reacher series is the holy grail, you cannot get any better.
Jack Reacher is in Texas and in his usual fashion, is looking for people to get rides from, he’s a hitch hiker. A woman in a white Cadillac offers him a ride, her name is Carmen Greer. After getting to know Reacher for a little while she then spills her story, her husband Sloop Greer, is in jail and when he gets out he’s going to kill her. Carmen spills the story of how for the years they’ve been married he’s hit her, broken her bones and threatened her. All while Sloop’s family, that they live with, remains oblivious. Carmen requests at the end of her story for Reacher to kill Sloop.
Surprisingly, Reacher declines her plea, he offers his best help but refuses to kill Sloop. Reacher gets himself hired as a farm hand on the Greer family property in order to keep an eye on both Carmen and Sloop. It is then the unbelievable happens, Carmen kills Sloop. Or does she?
Reacher decides he must save Carmen from jail and to get her case seen as being self-defence for what Sloop did to her. Reacher teams up with a free lawyer called Alice in order to save Carmen and to make sure she is let off in order to look after her 6 month old daughter Ellie that Reacher takes a shine to.
I loved this book for its shocking twists and of course because Jack Reacher is my favourite fictional character. I love how actioned packed this book was and how the story kept developing. I’m also glad in a way that this book doesn’t involve Jodie, Reacher’s ex-girlfriend. Whilst I did like her in both Tripwire and The Visitor (Running Blind) I think I prefer Reacher’s dynamic with a new companion every book.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
You can get the book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/echo-burning/lee-child/9780857500083