Lee Child is now one of the few authors that I read and re-read and then read all over again. I think I have read Killing Floor well over a dozen times down the years. Somehow I missed reading Make Me when it first released so my Audible credits were flexed to give me some listening pleasure. And what pleasure it was.
The mystery at the heart of Make Me runs right to the final scenes and even if you had given me 100 guesses I would never have puzzled this one out – totally gripping and more than a little disturbing. But definitely one of the better novels in the series – I really enjoyed this one.
Child is happy to let Reacher age and in Make Me there were signs that his is slowing down and becoming a bit more vulnerable…extra drama!
The audiobook was very well presented. Narration by Jeff Harding who nailed Reacher but some of the other character voices were a bit too similar over the course of the whole book. A minor niggle and it took nothing away from my overall enjoyment.
Wolves in the Dark
Varg Veum returns in this dark, dark tale from Gunnar Staalesen. Veum is in a dangerous position – charged with an horrific offence and the evidence against him is damning. The biggest problem with Varg will face is…himself. He had gone through a period of self oblivion, drinking heavily and hardly functioning from day to day.
Now facing the very real prospect of a lengthy prison sentence Veum must do whatever it takes to shake off his clouded memories and discover who he may have upset that may have tried to plant evidence against him. But what it Veum DID do the crimes which he was accused of?
His personal trauma, self doubt and the trust he needs others to have in him are brilliantly conveyed by Gunnar Staalesen – a magnificent storyteller and in top, top form here. Wolves in the Dark is hard to “enjoy” as the topics covered are distressing at times – but this is a powerful book and I loved listening to it.
Narrated by Colin Mace, the gruff tones of Varg Veum were pitched perfectly and captured how I had imagined he would sound.