The Secret - Lee Child & Andrew Child

The Secret

By Lee Child & Andrew Child

  • Release Date: 2023-10-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 2,062 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The gripping new Jack Reacher thriller from Lee Child and Andrew Child
A string of mysterious deaths. A long-classified mission. A young MP with nothing to lose.

1992. All across the United States respectable, upstanding citizens are showing up dead. These deaths could be accidents, and they don’t appear to be connected—until a fatal fall from a high-floor window attracts some unexpected attention.
That attention comes from the secretary of defense. All of a sudden he wants an interagency task force to investigate. And he wants Jack Reacher as the army’s representative. If Reacher gets a result, great. If not, he’s a convenient fall guy.
But office politics isn’t Reacher’s thing. Three questions quickly emerge: Who’s with him, who’s against him, and will the justice he dispenses be the official kind . . . or his own kind?


  • Lights are On but Reacher Ain’t Home

    By sonicelixirs
    Shame on me, I tried it again and now feel fooled. I don’t begrudge Lee giving a lucrative franchise to his brother, he’s more then earned the right to do as he pleases but the dumbing down of Reacher is a painful read and a powerful experience of loss. He now thinks out loud, telegraphs his moves, and is no longer smarter than anyone. The dialog devolved from whip-smart to til tok. The plot pacing is a shambolic meandering mess, a drudgery of patched together writing sessions aimed at describing a story without actually reading as one. The concise logic, precise Reacherisms, tight pacing of old now flows like a YA title for slow readers. I use to check how many pages were left, dreading the approaching ending, wanting more, now it is sitting in disbelief, hoping I can bail or somehow tap out. Like the improbability of an investigator in the story recognizing the effects of an exotic toad poisoning, I too feel the random freedom to write without design or coherent style and declare the death of a beloved character, and the rise of a zombie impersonator, pass the toad, I’m out.
  • Old story re-write?

    By Opie older
    As is the case, with every reacher novel, it was great, but it reminded me a lot of a previous novel called night class.
  • Not as good

    By customer111112
    Lee has talent, enough to get me to read the last couple he is co- written, but, the quality has sadly declined in every way.
  • Word Salad

    By Roid Right
    Too wordy
  • A true “nothing burger”

    By DevotedReacherFan
    I am a dedicated Reacher fan, having read every book in the series thus far. Prior to purchase I found a lot of reviews by other die hard fans that expressed extreme disappointment with this latest addition to the Reacher series. But, I decided to make my own decision and needed to read it to be certain. I am certain - this one is a dud. About the only Reacher elements that remained true to theme were Reacher’s slo-mo fight scenes that have him defeating 4-5 assailants all heavily armed and surrounding him. Second, were the minimalist descriptions of hotels/cars/meals/just about anything. Unfortunately, that got somewhat overused in this book and left me with the feeling that every character/location/item of importance had the same value as a one dimension black and white economy sized Dodge Dart. Ok - enough said or written here. If you are a devoted fan, either skip this one or wait I until it drops into the $1.99 slot. If you have heard about then Reacher series and always wanted to do a try read - go back to the first book written instead. You will not be disappointed and when you finally reach this book in the series, it probably will only cost you $1.99 to be disappointed.
  • Reacher

    By mhens1953
    Not the best, time to end this series. I’m done!!!!
  • The Secret

    By escapde
    Terrible use of the Reacher franchise. Story line in and of itself was not bad. However using Reacher as par of it, the timeframe and the role he was playing are out of sync with what the majority of fans would have expected. Stay with the profile of Reacher .as it has been developed.
  • Disappointing

    By Donbob48
    Having read many books in the series, this in my opinion is the least well written. Plot line is contrived, at time ridiculous. I would advise skipping this one.
  • Skip If You Love Reacher

    By Heyitssky😜
    Really disappointing
  • Marvelous!

    By Britlia
    He did it again, I was hoooooked!!