Past Tense - Lee Child

Past Tense

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2018-11-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 2,061 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)


  • Disappointing

    By Mierda1973
    Unfortunately, Mr. Child has written the worst of Reacher’s books - I have read all of them. Long and tedious narratives about irrelevant facts, senseless characters with no credibility (the guys running the motel?), few exciting parts, Reacher missjng from about 50% of the book. It seems another writer took over.?A major disappointment for me, didn’t see it coming.
  • Classic Reacher

    By Angst144
    No disappointment. Child delivers again. I’d like to write the screenplay
  • Very Poor Editing

    By AndyR1947
    The book through Apple Books is a mess. Way too many truncated paragraphs that stop mid-sentence. Many many typos. The book and story line is not up to Lee Child’s normally good work. Convoluted and disjointed exacerbated by the above issues. A big disappointment.
  • Loves his words

    By Cosmos41
    Almost like The Last of the Mohicans , so many words to describe anything and 90% of action in last 15% of the book.Reacher doesn't walk to a place, instead we are intreated to the weather, the size of his foot,the condition of the road bed, smell of the air, the surrounding countryside and how he feels. Then we get to is thoughts etc.. All of this for a 30 minute walk! Almost half a chapter.

    By crankieman
    Not his best by far!! Hard to concentrate, the story took you to too many place at once. Disappointing!
  • Past Tense

    By Bavarian Hillbilly
    Another five star book from Mr. Child. Sir; your ability to write a story is amazing. I could not put this book down. The attention to detail, the twists: You find yourself saying " one more chapter ". Looking forward to the next Reacher adventure.
  • Past Tense

    By Tucson Bob
    Not up to previous quality
  • Not up to standard

    By Lyndylee
    This book did not meet the very high standard of other Lee Child books. It seemed almost like two unrelated stories forced into one story with so many irrelevant parts. And I am all for unusual storylines but this one was just too far fetched and I could hardly wait to finish it. Had to skim parts so you get it that it wasn’t my favorite.
  • Past Tense

    By MR*1
    Awesome! One of the best Reacher adventures I’ve read. Lee Child never disappoints!
  • Not good

    By Jaftec
    I have read all of the jack reacher books over and over and they all are intense and great read. Anticipated another and big dissapointment. This book mostly put me to sleep for 85% of the book and only moderately good the other 15%. Not sure Lee Child even wrote it so far from the quality writing in the rest of the series