Better Off Dead - Lee Child & Andrew Child

Better Off Dead

By Lee Child & Andrew Child

  • Release Date: 2021-10-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 2,080 Ratings)


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jack Reacher is back in a brand-new page-turning thriller from acclaimed #1 bestselling authors Lee Child and Andrew Child.

Digging graves had not been part of my plans when I woke up that morning. 

Reacher goes where he wants, when he wants. That morning he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun—until he comes upon a curious scene. A Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. A woman is slumped over the wheel.
Dead? No, nothing is what it seems. 

The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people. Most of them would rather die than betray their terrifying leader, who has burrowed his influence deep into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days. The mysterious Dendoncker rules from the shadows, out of sight and under the radar, keeping his dealings in the dark.
He would know the fate of Fenton’s brother. 

Reacher is good at finding people who don’t want to be found, so he offers to help, despite feeling that Fenton is keeping secrets of her own. But a life hangs in the balance. Maybe more than one. But to bring Dendoncker down will be the riskiest job of Reacher's life. Failure is not an option, because in this kind of game, the loser is always better off dead.


  • Not as good

    By amycubs7
    I thoroughly look forward to a new Jack Reacher book, always! While I wasn’t disappointed in this one, it certainly wasn’t as good as most of the others. Not as much detail, the story wasn’t as engaging as usual and I thought the character development was weak. I didn’t care about Sonia. I didn’t care about Michaela. That’s not usual with a Reacher book.
  • better off dead

    By Tim @Flatterymedia
    worst reacher back by miles … please get back to writing in the 3rd person
  • Better off Dead

    Thought I was reading a screen play. Book had very little drama but tremendous amount of details on how Jack Reacher fights and walks through tunnels. Boring with bad ending.
  • Change of person

    By rochester90
    Not sure I like the switch of writing style but the story thread is good.
  • Terrible

    By GDubs321
    Im glad I read all the other Reacher books before this one. I am sorry to say that this does not measure up to the books written by Lee Child. Lack of content. Failure in context to connect to past Reacher novels. Frankly it was boring.
  • Children, children

    By ReachRocks
    Lee Child has delivered outstanding Reacher stories and it’s sad to see the format upended with a first-person narrative. Disastrous. Please don’t listen to your son: go back to the original storytelling magic.
  • Snooze

    By flowbleu
    Doesn’t really grab you. Had to work to finish it.
  • Miss the real Reacher

    By JohnnyFresno
    Starts ok, a few good Reacherisms. No good original mental problem analysis. Too much dumb luck.
  • Outsourcing does not work

    By PisceanOne
    I loved all Reacher stories, have read them over and over. This book was a disaster, following closely on the heels of Sentential Feels like Lee has outsourced this work to Andrew and it is severely lacking, in comparison to classic Reacher Plots are convoluted, hard to follow, almost no action, no suspense, just dull. I skipped most of the pages to get to the end. It had to happen, nothing lasts for ever. RIP Reacher. I am not spending another $0.01 on Andrew Child
  • Too choppy

    By theRealPvteye
    Different style….wasn’t impressed.