#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)
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With his persistent wanderlust and samurai-like moral code, Jack Reacher appeals to the lone wolf in all of us. In Past Tense, Lee Child sends his hero on an impromptu side trip to his father’s childhood home in Laconia, New Hampshire. There, Reacher uncovers family secrets that connect him with a young couple’s uncertain future. Voice-over actor Scott Brick takes over from the series’ longtime narrator, Dick Hill. He deftly handles the story’s hairpin turns, highlighting Child’s crisp characterizations and energetic pacing.
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I discovered Lee Child one Summer after he had published his first ten Jack Reacher books. I read them all in a month and since then I have impatiently awaited for his next book, always worrying that his quality would decline, like La Carre, Grisham and Baldacci. But it doesn’t. Each Lee Child title is better than the last. Past Tense is a thrilling tour de force. Reacher has matured. Child is in his prime. I read this in one sitting, then listened to it in two days. The only disappointment was that it had to end. The audio book is narrated by Scott Brick, a reader I’ve learned to avoid over the years. He is way too strident and over dramatic. Until now. Brick was pitch perfect. I applaud him and who ever directed him on this reading.