Past Tense (Jack Reacher Series #23)

Past Tense (Jack Reacher Series #23)

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#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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984847539
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2018
Series: Jack Reacher Series
Edition description: Abridged
Sales rank: 577,531
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

LEE CHILD is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers and the complete Jack Reacher story collection, No Middle Name. All his novels have been optioned for major motion pictures--including Jack Reacher (based on One Shot) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Foreign rights to the Reacher series have sold in over one hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City.


Birmingham, England

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Coventry, England


Sheffield University

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Past Tense (Jack Reacher Series #23) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe Lee wrote this. Totally predictable, extremely slow to develop and unbelievably stupid characters, situations, and dialogue. I resent them pawning this off on his readers under Mr Childs name, and I really resent the $15 bucks it cost me to find this out. Crappy have been warned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst Reacher novel yet. Not even worth reading. Poor plot, no interesting new characters, and the hook about Reacher's past is a bogus one. Really disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every Reacher book twice except this one. I guess Lee is running out of stories. Leaving 10 dead bodies at the crime scene when the police knew he was over there would guarantee a nationwide search despite the fact he did nothing wrong. He also has only worked down in Key West that I can recall but yet he always has money. He did inherit Leon's house but no mention of that since many moons ago. Go back to his MP days or have more believable plots. Have him solve big crimes for the NYP/FBI/Homeland Security or something. Add some regular characters and maybea girlfriend. It used to be my favorite series butnow it reminds me of Clive Cussler. I'll still buy the new books but this series needs a makeover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fast paced cant put it down book. Really enjoyed the plot lines, wondered how they would intersect. Can't wait for his next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read. I've enjoyed every one of Lee's books and looking forward to the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the other Jack Reacher Books Looks like Child ran out of Steam in 2018
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on everyone 's 5 star ratings, I found this new book so boring! The writer went off on every little tangent of the character's life. I found myself skimming through pages. Then that reference, character or place was never mentioned again. I have read every one of his books and these last four have been awful. I wonder whose really writing these books?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. Many surprises. One of the best in the Jack Reacher series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So here is the good news and bad news. A credit to the writer in the character I was 240 pages into the book and was shocked how much I had already read. At the same time I was surprised That I was that far into the book in really nothing worthwhile had occurred. In the end the plot was resolved it was somewhat pre determined and the character resolve some of his family issues but frankly I was not motivated to care too much either way.
Brian_Baker More than 1 year ago
There's about 50 pages of actual story hidden in the 400 pages of this awful book. What little story there is moves at a glacial pace. Paragraph after endless paragraph of description of, and pontification about, trivial matters that no one in their right mind would care about, and only serve to pad the page count. I have to wonder if Child was getting paid by the word, or the weight of the book. The people he's "saving" are stupid beyond belief, and bring their problems upon themselves, making them hard to sympathize with. The danger they're in is a variation of a plot device he already used in a previous book (which I won't name so this isn't a spoiler). Not even original! Reacher's research into his father's past has all the dramatic flair of watching paint dry. This book is the very epitome of B-O-R-I-N-G. Save your money. And your time!
wvteddy More than 1 year ago
The last few Jack Reacher books have seemed a little flat but Lee Child hit it out of the park with this latest installment . Book #23 finds Reacher heading from Maine to San Diego but he doesn’t make it far. His hitchhiking brings him to a classic Y intersection. The left road leads to Portsmouth, NH and the right to a town Reacher knows. Laconia, NH, is the town his father Stan was from but Reacher had never been there nor met any of his relatives, so he heads that way. Of course, Jack Reacher being who he is, we know there will be trouble and bloodshed soon in Laconia, and here Lee Child does not disappoint. This book gives us a look into Reacher’s history, and Reacher, the enigmatic loner, shows a bit more of a human side than usual with his interest in his past and concern for others. It kept me wondering how the two parts of the book were related and how it would all be resolved. I liked seeing the humanity in Reacher. I liked seeing how the “back of his mind” and the front worked together to defeat the bad guys. There were several other surprisingly strong characters in this book, especially Patty and Shorty who developed as the story went along and surprised me. I really enjoyed this book and would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review it. Mr. Child, I look forward to the next installment.
jdowell More than 1 year ago
More edge-of-your seat action from Lee Child. Jack Reacher once again finds himself in the middle of a strange situation. True to form, Reacher once again manages to find trouble when he sets out to help others. A young couple, having car issues, finds themselves stranded at a rather strange motel in the middle of nowhere and there are some suspicious things happening. In the meantime Jack Reacher is walking/hitch-hiking his way across the country from Maine to California when he becomes side-tracked in Laconia, New Hampshire where his father was born. Reacher decides to spend some time researching his roots. During his stay his antenna perks up and he starts tracking some suspicious occurrences. This is a gripping, fast-paced book and if you like Jack Reacher you will certainly enjoy the story. You can, of course, read it as a stand-alone even if you haven't read any others in the series. It will be quite easy to follow. The writing is direct without a lot of unnecessary embellishment - kind of rugged like the character (and this is not a criticism; it really enhances the story). I look forward to another Jack Reacher adventure soon. Thanks to Lee Child and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through Netgalley for an advance copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
According to the Product Review, the book has 400 pages... Strangely, When I PURCHASED the book, the page count drops to 337. IS this some sort of "Bait and Switch" scheme to entice readers to buy the book? My eyesight is fine. I AM SURE of what I read. It's no big deal? Right? Wrong! Approximately 70 PAGES ~~POOF~~suddenly disappear? I don't think so. I don't believe it was a glitch. I don't believe Sam twitched her nose and these pages vanish into the ether. Nevertheless, I am certain Child's latest novel will be an excellent read. I feel this is an issue potential buyers should be aware of. JustJess . ?. The end. JustJess. FFT. Honolulu, Hawaii.
Anonymous 17 days ago
very poor very disappointed do better!!
Anonymous 27 days ago
I could not put this book down. Very mind blowing!
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Anonymous 7 months ago
as always excellent storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so bad there aren't enough words for JUNK. Lee needs to bring back Reacher's first love and build about a dozen books around their life and tuff guy Reacher...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some are better than others This was pretty good!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The start is a bit slow in bringing storyline together, but the mystery is good.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great to learn about Reachers heritage. Even if it raises more questions!