Never Go Back - Lee Child

Never Go Back

Author: Lee Child

  • Publication Date: 2013-09-03
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 2,252 Ratings)



Never go back—but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. . . . Never Go Back is Lee Child’s new novel of action-charged suspense starring “one of the best thriller characters at work today” (Newsweek).

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had.
Reacher is there to meet—in person—the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone.
But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.
When threatened, you can run or fight.
Reacher fights, aiming to find Turner and clear his name, barely a step ahead of the army, and the FBI, and the D.C. Metro police, and four unidentified thugs.
Combining an intricate puzzle of a plot and an exciting chase for truth and justice, Lee Child puts Reacher through his paces—and makes him question who he is, what he’s done, and the very future of his untethered life on the open road.

Praise for Never Go Back
“A breathless cross-country spree . . . some of the best, wiliest writing [Lee] Child has ever done . . . Child’s bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three e-book singles. But his latest, Never Go Back, may be the best desert island reading in the series. It’s exceptionally well plotted. And full of wild surprises. And wise about Reacher’s peculiar nature. And positively Bunyanesque in its admiring contributions to Reacher lore.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching. He has a talent for taking material that in the hands of other authors would be stale and making it seem fresh. . . . Tight and compelling . . . Never Go Back is one of Child’s best novels.”—Associated Press
“An adrenaline-charged, action-packed thriller . . . impossible to put down.”—Lansing State Journal
“The dialogue has never been sharper. . . . The pages turn themselves.”—San Antonio Express-News

“For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Brilliant . . . Child never, ever slips. He keeps the action cranking better than anyone, but, best of all, he keeps us guessing about Reacher.”Booklist (starred review)
“One of the best in the series.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From the Hardcover edition.


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  • Jack Reacher

    By Anabeth.x
    I stumbled upon this series some time ago. Since then, I chose Jack when I was looking for something to read. I have loved every book so far. I never have to worry about the order either. But now I am re-thinking that. I read this before 61 hours and had no idea who Susan was. It was not a big deal. Knowing who she is isn't necessary. Know who Jack Reacher is is what's important. Every book is great. These books speak to me for some reason. Maybe it's the military angle or the fact that he is just being himself. Either way, I want more.
  • Never Go Back

    By MikeinNebraska
    This is a mediocre work compared to other Reachers. There was nothing special about the plot resolution. Hard to believe they chose this one to make the second movie about. I'm glad this wasn't the first Reacher I read or I would have stopped.
  • Never go back

    By JohnGaj3
    Good one
  • Never Go Back

    By 99tm
    Only a sample available, how is there so many Reviews?
  • Suspenseful the entire way

    By Amirabear
    Couldn't put this one down, even though it was a big one, I still managed to finish it in 3 days. Reacher was on the run the entire time.
  • Never go back is right

    By Abcreader
    I've read every one of these books, this was dreadful, just going through the motions.
  • The over dog barks

    By BigUglyManiac
    This book is classic Reacher, with gratuitous head butts and mathematical intrigue all set in a militaristic miasma that we all love. Blood, sweat, and fears, all dealt with by our battle weary Neanderthal with the beautiful mind and his pair that clank. This is not the authors most far fetched scenario nor are the baddies going to be played by "the Rock" in the movies, but it is fun to read and over the top in the familiar way all the Reachers are. I loved it.
  • Not good ...

    By Big Max 1
    I found myself, for the first time, skipping over parts here and there, just wanting to get to the end, because the story is wordy, disorganized, and boring. It lacks the usual Reacher smarts. Too bad ...
  • Never Go Back

    By CSMSR
    I was hesitant to buy the book due several of the reviews, but decided to just do it. I don't know if the less than stellar reviews were the result of someone having a bad day or what. I thought the book was very creative and entertaining and recommend it.