Synopsis: Margrave is a no-account little town in Georgia. Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles in the rain, just passing through. An arbitrary decision, a tribute to a guitar player who died there decades before. But Margrave has just had its first homicide in thirty years. And Reacher is the only stranger in town. So the murder is pinned on him. As nasty secrets leak out and the body count mounts, only one thing is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall. Killing Floor introduces Jack Reacher, the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode. Trained to think fast and act faster, with an eye for the women, he is truly every thinking reader’s perfect action hero.
Okay, so here it is, my first read of the year; Killing Floor by Lee Child. Now, I hadn’t heard of this author before, because normally this isn’t my type of genre to read. However, whilst browsing the Amazon Kindle Store I saw his name crop up. After being intrigued by the synopsis and some good spoiler-free reviews, I thought I’d give it a shot. I can safely say I’m glad to know that I’ve started off with a series which stretches on for another fourteen books; plenty to get stuck into with this one it seems.
The novel itself was fantastic; intriguing and mysterious throughout, it had me hooked all the way from the first page to the last. Now, I’m not normally used to his style of writing, but the short and snappy sentences gave the novel that fast-moving feel which sweeps a reader off their feet and doesn’t put them down until it reaches its conclusion; I hardly noticed that it’s 528 pages long.
I found the characters to be believable and interesting, especially that of the main protagonist Jack Reacher, who at first the reader learns nothing about. As the novel unravels you start to feel yourself warming to Reacher and certain other characters, giving me the feeling that I was with them all the way in their battle to discover the truth, before everything goes up in flames.