For all new and old readers of the Lee Child Jack Reacher series, I wanted to get your feedback. The Lee Child novels have been spanning 21 years now. Yes that’s right 21 years, talk about longevity in a series of books. It got me thinking, out of all the 22 books so far that I have read, which one is my favourite?

To even look at this question, I sadly had to go back through and read some earlier Jack Reacher novels as I couldn’t quite remember the plot lines. I’ve heard this happens when people get older so please forgive me!

So here is my list, in no particular order maybe, let me know your thoughts on whether you think I’m right.

Jack Reacher favourite books Number 1


I’m going to try not to spoil it for you by divulging the plot lines but this book is very special. It was the first time I thought of Reacher being human, someone who could get wounded and hurt. In previous Jack Reacher books I have always found that somehow he would stay alive, here I wasn’t so sure.

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He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

He doesn’t want to be found.

But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It’s time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.

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Jack Reacher favourite books Number 2

Bad Luck and Trouble

As I mentioned in my previous post about this book here, this book has fond memories for me so will always be one of my favourites. This coupled with the team that Jack Reacher has to look after and the loyalty shown, it really is a masterpiece of Lee Child proportions. I love the way as you are reading this book, you are really willing Reacher to find justice for his old team and somehow figure it all out.

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He is as close to untraceable as a person can get. A loner comfortable in his anonymity and solitude. So when a member of his old army unit finds a way to contact him, he knows this has to be serious.

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Jack Reacher favourite books Number 3

61 Hours and Worth dying for

Now this is slightly controversial as I have two books here at number 3. Just let me explain, these two books go hand in hand as one ends quite abruptly with a cliff hanger and then the other starts where the first book left off. So this as you can see means that these two books are one book but in two parts. Clever Lee Child I hear you say and yes you would be right. Jack Reacher gets himself in a right pickle in this book, the descriptive words used and the description of the landscapes are breath taking and really do create a distinct feel to these two books.

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61 Hours – Icy winter in South Dakota. A bus skids and crashes in a gathering storm. On the back seat: Jack Reacher, hitching a ride to nowhere. A life without baggage has many advantages. And disadvantages too, like facing the arctic cold without a coat.
Worth dying for – There’s deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska…. and Reacher walks right into it. He falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing 8 year old girl, already decades old that Reacher can’t let go.

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Jack Reacher favourite books Number 4

Gone Tomorrow

I must have read the first chapter of this book a few times as it is so descriptive and speaks right into the paranoia that is around currently in society. Reacher deciding in his mind through training if the person sitting opposite him on the train is a suicide bomber. Classic suspense and drama, Reacher against lots and lots of bad guys, so much suspense, and humor make this one of the Lee Child novels I will always remember.

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Suicide bombers are easy to spot.

They give out all kinds of tell-tale signs. There are twelve things to look for. No one who has worked in law enforcement will ever forget them.

New York City. The subway, two o’clock in the morning.

Jack Reacher studies his fellow passengers. Four are OK. The fifth isn’t.

The train brakes for Grand Central Station.

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Jack Reacher favourite books Number 5


This has to be on my top 10 for me as it is based across Europe for a change! When I was reading this book, it took me back to the classic James Bond story lines when I was around 10 years old and watching someone (guy called Jaws) try to get Bond (Roger Moore). Needless to say there is some great fight scenes, one against a “Giant type character”, mastery weapon descriptions and it also made me forget the Never go Back Jack Reacher novel, which to me wasn’t on par with the rest in the series.

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Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president.

Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.

This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child’s number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris – and then to London. The stakes have never been higher – because this time, it’s personal.

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So there you have it, my list and subject to change in the future. Let me know what you think in the comments below.







14 Replies to “My 5 best Jack Reacher books.”

  1. I love mystery books and it seems like this series is full of mystery. Would you recommend these books for pre-teens/teens? I have a niece that loves to read and would love to invest in a good series for her. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for the comments – I would say that they are maybe appeal more for slightly older than that age, have a read of one to check and see if it would be something they would like.
      Many thanks

    1. Hi and thanks for the comments I think if you watch the movie then have a look at the books as you can get a bit of knowledge about Jack Reacher. Hope that helps and look forward to connecting again on this site,

      thanks Glenford

  2. Man, all these made me curious of how it fairs out. I’m not really a book reader but I love movies to do the work for me. You did a good job peaking my interest. Are these stories already made into a movie? If not it would be great if they could be.

    1. Thanks for the comments if you look under my film tab you can see the movies there. There will be more to come I think in the next couple of years. The books are great if you do want to get into this Lee Child book series.
      Thanks Glenford

  3. Nice article brother. I’m a big fan of Jack and have been for many years now. I’ve read “Gone Tomorrow” (amazing) and “Bad Luck and Trouble”. However, I haven’t read any of his books in a while so I’m going to try out your recommendations here. Tripwire seems like the next best option. Thank you! I’ll be back for more 🙂

    1. Yes go for Tripwire, to be honest I don’t think there are too many bad books in the Lee Child series, but get going on trip wire then try the 61 hours. Guarantee you will love these Jack Reacher books.

  4. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book sadly but reading your post makes me realize how much I miss it. They all sound super interesting! I haven’t decided which one I may go with first. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for the comments, yes really recommend dipping in and looking into this series as I can guarantee you will not be disappointed,

      thanks again for leaving the comment.


  5. These definitely sound like amazing books. I’m usually a movie guy, but these sound like books I wouldn’t mind reading. Which one is the best one?

    1. Hey thanks for the comments, I highly recommend the one I first read called Bad Luck and Trouble just because it has lots of action and suspense in it. Go for that and see what you think,

      thanks again

  6. Don’t leave out “Enemy” and “The Killing Floor”. And ALL the e-book novellas are great. Loved the books with Joe in them.

    1. Thanks for the comments, yes you are totally right – I’ll review the book titled “The Enemy” soon. Have a look at the Tom Wood books as well

      Thanks Glenford

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