Past Tense

Past Tense

By Lee Child

  • Release Date : 2018-11-05
  • Genre : Mysteries & Thrillers
  • FIle Size : 2.33 MB
Score: 4.5
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Past Tense #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)


  • 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 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
  • 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....
  • Slow

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