Past Tense - Lee Child

Past Tense

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2018-11-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 800 Ratings


Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, “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)


  • 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....
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    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!
  • Enjoyable but felt rushed

    By Awhasen
    Always enjoy the Reacher stories, but this one was definitely on the short side. Child could have fleshed this out I believe. Perhaps edits were too aggressive.
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  • Past Tense

    By ridiculos nickname selection
    A good Jack Reacher novel. Offers some nice back story to Jack’s family past. Not quite what I would have wanted this time around. Would really like to see another book that focuses on Jack’s military service. Maybe something from his early days in the service. Any book on Jack is good but the back story always seems to be best.
  • Not sure what to make of this

    By Discerning Reader
    I am not really sure what to make of this book, I have read all of the Reacher books, this one was interesting on the genealogy front more so than the action front, I knew exactly what was going to happen to Patty & Shorty, nothing was surprising there at all. And I knew it as soon as they appeared very formulaic, it’s been done before nothing new here. Overall not very exciting.
  • Past Tense

    By Sspeidel
    Oh boy! “A new Jack Reacher,” I thought at midnight on November fourth. It took me almost three days to finish. Had to work. This tale is one of the better of the series. I wondered what’s going to happen to Patty and Shorty from early on, and how is Reacher involved. Child kept the suspense up through the whole book. Midway through, he wrote in some amusing almost-but-not-quite character collisions. Since we know Reacher never loses, suspense relies on the peril of others, and Past Tense delivers in spades.