JACK REACHER NEVER LOOKS BACK . . . UNTIL NOW.
'There's only one Jack Reacher. Accept no substitutes.' - Mick Herron.
The present can be tense . . .
A young couple trying to get to New York City are stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. Before long they’re trapped in an ominous game of life and death.
But the past can be worse . . .
Meanwhile, Jack Reacher sets out on an epic road trip across America. He doesn’t get far. Deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. But when he arrives he is told no one named Reacher ever lived there. Now he wonders: who’s lying?
As the tension ratchets up and these two stories begin to entwine, the stakes have never been higher for Reacher.
That’s for damn sure.
Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Past Tense is the 23rd in the series. And be sure not to miss Reacher's newest adventure, no. 24, Blue Moon!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Jack Reacher’s work has taken him around the world, but in Lee Child’s 23rd book in the series, the itinerant investigator launches an investigation that hits close to home. When Reacher reroutes a cross-country road trip to visit his father’s New Hampshire birthplace, the grizzled vet drives straight into questions about his own past. Reacher devotees and newcomers will feel like they’re fully embedded with Child’s hero, whose intuition is matched only by his fearlessness as he navigates a crazy parade of twists and turns.
Early in bestseller Child's superb 23rd Jack Reacher novel (after 2017's The Midnight Line), the peripatetic Reacher reaches a fork in a road in rural New Hampshire; he chooses the path heading to Laconia, "his late father's place of birth." At the same time, just 30 miles away, a young Canadian couple on their way south have car trouble and stop at a small motel, finding they're apparently its only guests. Reacher uncovers few traces of his father's existence, other than a 75-year-old assault case in which Stan Reacher is named. But he does stir up a world of trouble when he steps in to help a woman under attack and gives her assailant the son of a well-connected underworld figure a humiliating beating. While Reacher is dealing with a revenge posse, the Canadian couple discover just how strange their motel is. 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.
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An enjoyable read from start to finish. Not the best jack reacher novel, but definitely still worth the read.
Another very good read
7 out of 10
Two stories dart back and forth for half the book, which seems to last far too long. Then it picks up a pace or 2. The ending seems rushed, would have preferred a bit more Reacher one liners, and unashamed violence.