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.

Don’t miss a sneak peek of Lee Child’s novel Blue Moon in the back of the book.

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)

Past Tense - Lee Child Summary

The past tense is a grammatical tense whose function is to place an action or situation in past time. In languages which have a past tense, it thus provides a grammatical means of indicating that the event being referred to took place in the past. Examples of verbs in the past tense include the English verbs sang, went and was. ..

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Past Tense - Lee Child Book Reviews (3,808)


Not my favorite of the Reach series.2 star

Too convoluted for me. I love the Jack Reacher stories and normally enjoy them so much I can’t put them down, but this one just seemed to be all over the place. Most of it tied together in the end but there were parts that just didn’t belong really and never came together. Don’t get me wrong, I would still read it, but just not my favorite. Thank you! 25

N'awlins wino

Good but not great4 star

Typical to lee's work, a real page turner. Very well scripted with a strong storylines! But the ending seemed predictable and less "Reacher". Still enjoyed and recommend. 45

Joey washington 3

Jack Reacher Past Tense5 star

As usual Reacher serves as judge jury and executioner ,However ,this book took some unusual twists and turns that were not expected . I read hour book in 5 hours as I was captivated by the action . 55


Love this character5 star

This series is great, and this title continues his legacy. 55

Reacher Roadie

The Reacher series5 star

Mr. Child has held me captive since Killing Floor. I haunt the new releases eagerly awaiting each new Jack Reacher thriller! I feel I know his character from a coffee order to his rank of Major in the military. The story lines are always new, yet readers can be assured every adventure will be true to Reacher’s way. I can’t wait to turn the next page to be in on the action, while knowing and dreading it’s drawing Closer to the end of the story. I never want there to be a last novel!!!! May Jack Reacher rule until I can no longer read or hear! Can you tell I’m a fan?? Reacher Roadie 55

favorite author reader

Past Tense1 star

Not a good book. Time to end Reacher series 15


Loved It!5 star

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. 55


Not his best....3 star

Not up to par with past books. Lee seems to be just be filling pages with words. Rambling, disjointed plot. 35


Worst Reacher2 star

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. 25


Past Tense2 star

Dumb. Very disappointed. Hard to follow 2 storylines. Waiting for the next Reacher book with hopes that the formula of Reacher returns. 25

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