Never Go Back by Lee Child
A Jack Reacher Novel

78%

32 Critic Reviews

...his latest...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.
-NY Times

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS

Never go back—but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. . . . Never Go Back is a 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.

Don’t miss Lee Child’s short story “High Heat” and an excerpt from Lee Child's Night School in the back of the book.

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)
 

About Lee Child

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Lee Child is the author of the New York Times bestselling series of Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Delacorte Press. 417 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Never Go Back
All: 32 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 26 2013

For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that “I trained myself...to turn fear into aggression.”

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 28 2013

By piling troubles on his noble hero and handing him a particularly knotty puzzle to solve, Child has delivered a superior series entry...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 29 2013

...a link to corruption in Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S. military drawdown, and the possibility for romance between Reacher and Turner make this entry one of the best in the series.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Aug 29 2013

...his latest...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.

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Book Reporter

Above average
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Sep 06 2013

If NEVER GO BACK isn’t the best book in the Reacher canon, it’s close enough to the top of the list that you won’t notice. Reacher’s survival skill set, which involves plenty of the physical and even more of the cerebral, is in full bloom here.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Liz French on Sep 26 2013

The action and twists start early and don’t let up, plus there’s quite a bit of humor sprinkled amidst the mayhem. Child’s observations of the most minute aspects of modern life will have you nodding your head in amused agreement, and Reacher Creatures will love the glimpses into the lonely soul of Child’s hero.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Ott on Sep 26 2013

Child has spent 17 novels committing his hero to the call of the wild, and now he dangles a dinner date and a possible daughter in front of the howling wolf? Brilliant.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Robert James on Jul 19 2013

...anyone who picks up a Jack Reacher novel is surely pretty certain what they're going to get. You're guaranteed a thrilling read, some great dialogue, and lots of action scenes involving the 6 foot 5 hero taking apart bad people in imaginative ways.

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St. Louis Today

Above average
Reviewed by Harry Levins on Sep 21 2013

Child is generous with descriptions of the hulking Reacher’s physical activity, whether it’s landing punches or...simply evading notice...

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St. Louis Today

Good
Reviewed by Harry Levins on Sep 21 2013

Reacher manages a cleverly plotted escape from a military brig, taking with him the woman cop, Maj. Susan Turner. Between them, they start tracking down what’s really going on, and who’s behind it.

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Chicago Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Robbins on Sep 06 2013

..."Never Go Back" isn't one of Child's stronger contributions to the kick-butt/take-names genre. The formula is only as good as its ingredients, and this time around the conspiracy of Powerful Men Who Will Stop at Nothing to Protect Their Revenue Stream is more contrived than usual.

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BookIdeas.com

Below average
Reviewed by Bob Walch on Sep 26 2013

Not only do we wonder how a smart guy like Jack could walk into this situation but, more to the point, do we really buy the shaky scenario Lee Child has tossed together here? Probably not!

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The Coast

Good
on Aug 30 2013

Reacher is unconcerned by the charges against him; there’s another female to track down, and great deal of fun, for him and us, to be had along the way.

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London Evening Standard

Good
Reviewed by Mark Sanderson on Aug 15 2013

The bone-crunching, joint-popping action is as technically precise and primevally satisfying as ever. The extra-lean prose is as ruthlessly linear as the plot...

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Crime Fiction Lover

Below average
Reviewed by ROUGHJUSTICE on Aug 22 2013

For the first 300 pages this reads like it’s going to be the best book in the Jack Reacher series so far...But what should be the big finale is a big let down...the skilfully built tension that Lee Child is a master of all goes to waste.

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CTpost.com

Good
Reviewed by Joe Meyers on Sep 09 2013

Fans of the series will enjoy another high quality installment, and newcomers should have no problem entering Reacher’s world in book 19.

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Kansas City Star

Above average
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Sep 06 2013

The novel is so tight and compelling that the abrupt and somewhat disappointing ending will jar readers. The payoff is great, but the aftermath would have been perfect if not for the apparent appearance of a reset button. Even so, “Never Go Back” is one of Child’s best novels.

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The Army Rumour Service

Good
Reviewed by old_fat_and_hairy on Sep 16 2013

This is another in the Jack Reacher series, and if you have read one, then you know what to expect; violence, thrills, logic and a smidgen of sex. Actually quite a good combination...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Anne Corey on Sep 26 2013

Since we know that Reacher is not getting any younger, this tactic can assure material for more books--and more Jack Reacher adventures will make all of us Lee Child/Jack Reacher fans extremely happy.

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Men Reading Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Midwest Dave on Sep 21 2013

Never Go Back is Child at his best… a master of suspense and mystery. He develops a character we know only in fiction but fantasize is real.

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MysteriesEtc

Good
Reviewed by PoCoKat on Sep 02 2013

Lots of twists and surprises for Reacher in this latest outing. At one point I thought Reacher might want something else out of life, but he is who he is.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Above average
on Sep 04 2013

...it’s not all perfect. The pacing of this tale was a bit off balanced. It started out pretty explosive...but there is a long stretch in the middle that is interesting, but drags a bit.

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The Booksellers New Zealand blog

Good
Reviewed by Christine Frayling on Aug 29 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The twists and turns keeps the reader in suspense right to the end. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher story lines may seem to start and finish in a similar fashion, but I enjoy them.

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Pop Culture Nerd

Above average
Reviewed by Pop Culture Nerd on Sep 17 2013

There's a small downside to being reliable, though. One subplot suggests Reacher's life might change drastically, but longtime fans will probably guess the outcome.

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MyShelf.com

Good
Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer on Sep 26 2013

Lee Child has never failed to write an outstanding book. He gives the reader suspense and excitement as well as excellent writing.

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Milo's Rambles

Good
Reviewed by Milo on Aug 27 2013

Never Go Back delivers, simple as that. From beginning to end it entertains with a crisp narrative, intelligent dialogue and two storylines running concurrently that somehow, magically, gel together at the end to deliver a fitting climax...

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Living in the Kitchen with Puppies

Good
Reviewed by Natashya KitchenPuppies on Sep 18 2013

Reacher fans will love this new installment in the series. New fans will love this look into Reacher's life. Some of us might even develop a wee crush on the man.

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Starting Fresh

Good
Reviewed by Gaby317 on Aug 10 2013

I can't say anything else except that if you have enjoyed the earlier Jack Reacher novels, you have to read this latest one.

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Book Group of One

Excellent
Reviewed by carolwallace on Sep 07 2013

My acid test is whether a book makes me skip stops on the subway and Never Go Back almost won...Child’s prose is incredibly absorbing.

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Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms

Good
Reviewed by Ted Lehmann on Sep 16 2013

...it's fun to see where Child chooses to send Reacher and how he uses Reacher's various strengths to solve the problem at hand.

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Seeley James

Excellent
Reviewed by Seeley James on Sep 07 2013

Never Go Back is not a can’t-put-it-down book. That overused phrase implies someone is forcing you to read. Not this one. This one is a don’t-wanna-put-it down book. A don’t-care-if-dinner’s-ready book. A you-take-the-kid-to-the-hospital-I’m-busy book.

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Duffbert's Random Musings

Good
Reviewed by Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff on Jul 27 2013

I'm happy to say that the latest installment of Reacher's nomadic "kick butt and remember names" life is far better than the last couple of novels, and this felt like Child was back to the Reacher of old.

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