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The Secret

Jack Reacher

Lee Child

Andrew Child

An Intriguing Story of Mystery and Suspense



1992. Veronica and Roberta Sanson are trying to determine who is responsible for a quasi-military incident in India in 1969. A secret project went sideways with devastating results. These two women leave bodies in their wake, trying to find everyone responsible for the project. They have a list of seven names, all scientists, but they think one name is missing, and that's the ultimate person they hope to find.

When another body is thrown out a hospital window, a task force is put together by the Secretary of Defense. Jack Reacher is assigned to the task force as a representative from the Army. As Reacher and the task force attempt to uncover the names of these two killers, it becomes apparent that secrets are being kept from the task force. Reacher wants to know the truth.


While The Secret is the 28th book in the Jack Reacher series, it is set in 1994 when the six-foot-five Reacher was still a captain in the military police. He is not quite the traveling loner and renegade that we have come to know and love.

Despite taking Reacher back in time, the story is intriguing. Who are these two women, and why are they killing so many people? While a little stiff and mysterious, Veronica and Roberta's character adds a good deal of interest to the book. Overall, The Secret is an entertaining and seamless tale of mystery and suspense.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance reading copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Publisher Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine - Delacorte Press

Published October 24, 2023

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