Past Tense - Lee Child

Past Tense

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2018-11-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 2,675 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)


  • Loved It!

    By sbelder8
    I never wanted this story to end. Loved it from the first word to the last. Makes me wonder how he thinks up such unique situations. Mr. Child’s writing style is probably the most satisfying I’ve ever read. I think it’s the short sentences. Lot’s of sentences with less than 5 words (Reacher said nothing) and I love it. I also appreciate how I never feel lost or frustrated that I don’t know what’s going on. I never feel confused or like I missed something. As soon as a wee bit of confusion starts creeping into my mind, Mr. Child brings out a name or a sound or a place or a color that centers me and lets me know exactly where I’m at. Well done Mr. Child. Please never stop writing these novels.
  • Not his best....

    By EMuench
    Not up to par with past books. Lee seems to be just be filling pages with words. Rambling, disjointed plot.
  • Worst Reacher

    By iBlackguy
    I've read all the Reacher books (some more than once) this is by far the worst one. If you're just getting into Reacher books don't start with this one.
  • Past Tense

    By SUPERMAN3030
    Dumb. Very disappointed. Hard to follow 2 storylines. Waiting for the next Reacher book with hopes that the formula of Reacher returns.
  • Past tense

    By BBagwill
    I would have liked to have written a review on this book, but I can't even open it. It tells me that it's in a format that iBooks can't open...?
  • Awful

    By 19ron57
    This was the worst in the series. No point to any of the story lines. Anticlimactic. Sad. I really enjoyed this series until this one.
  • Past Tense

    By SLZ Tahoe
    I’ve read every one of the “Reacher” books. I enjoyed them. This was the worst, by far, of any. I’d bet dinner that Lee Child didn’t write it. In fact, perhaps the worst book I’ve ever read.
  • Don’t bother

    By ighjhvghjgvhjgvhjvg
    Read any other two Reacher books and you’re better qualified to write this questionable story line than whoever did...
  • 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