Past Tense - Lee Child

Past Tense

By Lee Child

  • Release Date: 2018-11-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 4,854 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.

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

    By Buckoballs
    Fast paced but predictable
  • Another one

    By Paul 1959
    None of the Reacher books disappoint. Great reading.
  • Past Tense

    By Sgt. Horny USMCR
    Another wonderful story about this man Jack Reacher...I wish more were made into movies. There are so few good movies being made anymore. Too, I wish when they do make a Jack Reacher movie, they’d more properly cast his character. Jack Reacher is written as about 6ft 5inches tall and heavily built....their pick of Tom Cruise is WAY OFF...he’s a little bitty guy. Five feet and a few.....
  • Can’t believe I read as much as I did

    By Sffoodguru
    This Reacher book, unlike any other, comes across (at least as far as I read) as bad Stephen King. I don’t know what happens and I don’t care. The actual chapters with Reacher were okay but most of the action happens away from him and it’s simply not absorbing or entertaining.
  • Past Tense

    By boots saddle
    Not a good book. Read many Reacher books. This one stinks. Slogged through 150 pages and gave up. Waist of money.
  • Not my favorite of the Reach series.

    By tlreed3813
    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!
  • Good but not great

    By N'awlins wino
    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.
  • Jack Reacher Past Tense

    By Joey washington 3
    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 .
  • Love this character

    By kwd63122
    This series is great, and this title continues his legacy.
  • The Reacher series

    By Reacher Roadie
    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