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Past Tense

Book 23, Jack Reacher - (Jack Reacher 23)

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The most hotly anticipated thriller of 2018 follows our hero Jack Reacher on a quest into his father's past, and climaxes in the most stomach-clenching, hair-raising, blood-curdling ticking time bomb of an adventure yet.

Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road 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 very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. 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 that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?

So begins another nail-biting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse. That’s for damn sure.

From Publishers Weekly

10 September 2018 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Past it’s time by date!

I am sorry to say but i really didn’t enjoy this book compared to his earlier books.In my modest opinion it wasn’t a Jack Reacher book but Patty and Shorty book, and for 10 pounds not really worth it. It seems to be a similar story recently if i must say so. I hope he’s got something better for the future or finish him all together.


I've read all the Reacher books and they just keep getting better & better! Definite 'must read' - not only for all Reacher fans, but those who (incredibly) may have missed out on Lee Child's fantastic series. Start from the very first book and read them all - you won't be disappointed!

Little bit “samey”

Love everything Lee writes and I feel Jack R is a really good friend after reading every one of his adventures to date.
If Jack walked into my bar, we would talk for ever....over a pot of coffee!
Bought and read this latest adventure in 24 hours straight through, rather disappointingly I had guessed the plot and the secondary plot far to early.

Still can’t get the image of Tom Cruise out of my head when I read Jack....but the physical description compared to the reality of Tom is not an easy leap to make....conundrum …

If you love Reacher, buy this book…if ambivalent still buy it…it’s pretty good!

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Past Tense
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  • £9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 05 November 2018
  • Publisher: Transworld
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 23, Jack Reacher
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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