The story line is frighteningly believable. This is a rapid paced book that you can't skim because each page is rich and full of detail. That is, until you get to the end. Once again an author disappoints me by rushing from the point where the loose ends start coming together to the last page.
At one point, I was looking at the number of pages left and thought the story could not possibly come to a conclusion and that I was going to be left hanging till the next book came out in a year and then boom, done, here is the last page.
It was abrupt and hasty and ruined the book for me in a way. It would have been five stars if this hadn't been the way it ended.
When Jack Reacher is thinking hard, you can literally hear the gears meshing, moving and rearranging the data. He is quite the force to be reckoned with and this tale of how his feet hit the road he's walked in the 15 other books is a GREAT read.
Lee had me fooled a few times, as I trotted down the stray paths he set out for me. Enjoy this one - it is rich, like all the rest.
I wish I had read this book when I was young, but would I have understood it then? If I had, my ex-husband would never had a chance of becoming my husband!
This was a marathon read and it was well worth getting from page one to the end. You won't be disappointed by this book and you will find your mind twisting at times when the small things that didn't seem so bad on their own are shown to be HUGE as they lead to more and more controls by those grasping for power they can only have if we yield it to them.
At times I felt like the destruction described here is nipping at my heels here in 2012. I have to hope there are brave and smart rational men and women ready to rebuild from the ashes settling at our feet.
This book is beautifully written. The language will wish over you. I could taste it, smell it and feel it. What a wonderful set of stories of lives interwoven in the oddest ways. Beautiful, lyrical language feast!
I grew up a Cubs fan and that means I may never love another team more than the Cubs of the 1960s. This book took me back to a time when baseball was part of every day. The games watched on WGN while folding laundry or ironing my dad's work clothes in the days before permanent press.
No one in my world was a professional athlete but we played softball on the boulevard, lived for Ladies Day when mom took us to Wrigley Field, and put aside most other pursuits when there was a game on TV.
This book is a novel about a game, a father and his son and the mystery of how we grow into the people we become, due to or in spite of the parents we get in the genetic lottery of birth.
If you love baseball, are a father or a son, this will touch you. Grisham is a great story teller and his play by play of the games put me in my room late at night listening to an away game on the transistor radio tucked under my pillow. Time travel with him back to a time when baseball players were heroes, right alongside our Fathers.
the Excellent book that can never be made into a movie because hollywook screwedup Along Came a Spider.... so read it now becaue this is the only way to get this one! Another wonnderfully twisted Cross novel!
It is always a strange experience for me to read a book that was translated.
Once I settled into accepting that the place names meant nothing to me, the characters took over.
The characters are richly drawn, human, frail, strong and battered with the learning that life brings. They all say, do and believe things that show how human they are. The reader has insight into each of them that the characters themselves do not, so we have the upper hand. Despite that, I had no compulsion to dislike them or berate them for their choices. They were too human and frail. Too real, but still foreign and unreachable in their self-contained way of being.
It's a journey into the lives of people who have lost much and are struggling to cope with the curves thrown their way. Even the youngest family member has been touched by loses two generations before her. How they each cope, whether they will each cope, is what keeps you turning the pages.