I enjoy series focusing on a central character, which can be seen in my reviews of the Tom Thorne series by Mark Billingham and MJ Arlidge's DI Helen Grace series. I have heard good things about the Jack Reacher novels, and was interested to start reading them for myself.
In the first scene of Killing Floor, Jack Reacher is arrested for murder. He has no idea what has happened, or why the police have targeted him for arrest. In his attempt to convince the police he has no connection to the murder, he highlights the flaws in the investigation and learns that the victim is his brother, Joe. Jack vows to find out how has brother was killed, and in doing so, finds himself at the centre of one of the biggest criminal operations that the small town of Margrave has ever seen.
Killing Floor is a very descriptive novel in terms of the way that the situations in which Reacher finds himself, and the locations in the novel are portrayed to the reader. This makes Killing Floor very engaging, particularly as Reacher's investigation develops and several central characters are at risk. There are also some twists towards the end, which help to create a gripping conclusion. However, in the early stages of the novel, I found the plot difficult to follow, so it did take me some time to become fully immersed in it.
The character of Jack Reacher is obviously central to Killing Floor, and I enjoyed the way in which Jack, and the supporting characters are developed; for example, Paul Hubble is a Beatles fan. This increases the human element of the characters, enabling the reader to gain insight into their personalities, and in turn, their motives. I expect that Reacher's character will be developed further in the following books in the series, and I look forward to this.
Whilst I found some parts of Killing Floor difficult to read, I can see the potential in the character, and there is plenty of possibility in future plot lines, so I am confident that the Jack Reacher series is one which can expand my reading list.
Killing Floor is available from Amazon.