Past Tense - Lee Child

Past Tense

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2018-11-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,115 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Praise for Past Tense

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”The New York Times Book Review

“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”The Atlantic

“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”Booklist (starred review)

“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”Library Journal (starred review)


  • Sounds good .

    By 1812 contry village
    This book sounds wonderful. A lot of travel and struggles . Lots of flashback without hi father to lean on his journey .
  • past tense

    By Am book reader
    I never expect less from Mr. Child than a great read with our hero Jack Reacher. Perfect prose, solid story and even though you know Reacher will prevail, it’s still a wild ride. Read every book, this might be my favorite. Keep them coming !
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    By towncola
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  • Great read

    By mmuller
    Never read a bad Reacher book. A tad confusing at the end- so pay attention. But you won’t be sorry you spent the money. Definitely hard to put down.
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  • Too bad Lee Child is writing movie scripts not books any more

    By Redsoxnumba1
    Decent read but obviously trying to get the book and script in one issuance. Would look good and dramatic on a screen but fails in written form. Starting to lose interest....
  • Jack Reacher 0Past Tense

    By DJ110011
    Excellent, compelling read right to the last page.
  • Not his best

    By scottyscuba
    Plot not very original and characters not very compelling
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  • Slow

    By HernandezKaren
    I do not recommend. Slow moving and odd ending. None of your nicknames work if you give this a poor review!