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Past Tense

(Jack Reacher #23)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  11,166 ratings  ·  1,207 reviews
Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child, "a superb craftsman of suspense"
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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
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published November 5th 2018 by Dell
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Roberta Besides for advance copies given out thru goodreads, amazon, librarything, netgalley, etc. major publishers give out hundreds of free advance copies…moreBesides for advance copies given out thru goodreads, amazon, librarything, netgalley, etc. major publishers give out hundreds of free advance copies at places like BookExpo and other conferences and conventions. (less)
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Sheryl Reacher heard something the first night and again the next - he efollowed up the second night - the woman making the sound got home from work at that…moreReacher heard something the first night and again the next - he efollowed up the second night - the woman making the sound got home from work at that time. No idea why Patty was waking up ?(less)
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Jack Reacher is back and tougher than ever! And as anticipated, big trouble seems to be hot on his trail…

Once again, Jack Reacher is traveling along the back roads of America. His way of avoiding unwanted attention. Hitch-hiking is a roll of the dice at best, and now he’s found himself unexpectedly dropped–off in New Hampshire. He finds himself drifting back in time to his childhood, his father fondly telling him all about his hometown of Laconia.
It wasn’t in Jacks’ game plan, but at the cr
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

This is the second book by Lee Child that I have read and I definitely enjoyed this one more than the other which was “The Midnight Line”. I liked the dual storyline which converges later on in the story. However I did feel that the one with Reacher in it, looking into his “family tree” to be quite slow moving and a bit dry. The second story line with the two young people stranded finally at a more than creepy motel was the most interesting in the book.

I like my characters wel
Paula Kalin
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone !
Recommended to Paula by: NetGalley
I’ve been reading the Jack Reacher series since Lee Child wrote his first. How wonderful it is after finishing #23 in the series to say it’s definitely one of my favorites!

Jack Reacher, our 6’5” ex-military hero is on a journey from Maine to California and decides to take a pit stop in Laconia, New Hampshire to check out his father’s birthplace. Scanning through records at town hall and researching census from long ago bring him in contact with a lot of different characters - some nice and some
I really enjoyed Jack Reacher's latest foray into the world. So much so that I could not stop reading and knocked off most of it in one afternoon. One of the best in the series to date!

There are a number of story lines going on in this one and a lot of characters, some good and some really bad - as usual! Also as usual Jack manages to get caught up in several different issues and has to fight his way out. He also discovers some amazing details about his own genealogy which he takes much more cal
kartik narayanan
Past Tense is an okayish Jack Reacher. I never felt drawn into it unlike the earlier ones in the series. This could be due to Jack Reacher outstaying his welcome - there are only so many plots available given the context or it could be that with every story, Jack Reacher becomes more and more like a Superman-Ninja combination.

And that is a nice segue into one of the indications that Lee Child is himself aware of it. There were two separate threads in the story which meet only towards the end. A
Lisa Cleveland
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Random House/Ballantine and Netgalley for letting me read this arc for my honest opinion.
It's actually been a few years since I've read Jack Reacher. I'll confess that when I heard that Tom Cruise was playing Reacher in a movie it kind of ruined the image. Of course, I first had to spit the vomit out of my mouth, and spend a few minutes cussing. It's not that I dislike Cruise, its just that I think he's human garbage. Oh, dear me! Well, look at my little rant. How embarrassing. Not
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I love this Jack Reacher series!

I’ve always felt the thinking of timing, speed, movement, sequences, and assessments was Reacher’s. From previous books, I know Reacher has that internal clock and he just knows what time it is. And he pictures how things work out before taking action. In this book, I began to think that those types of thoughts were being applied to some of the other characters. I found myself wondering if it was because there were spoilery things (that I won’t mention) go
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, read-have
Jack Reacher has apparently been thrilling readers for twenty years. No one told me. Although this is only my second Reacher novel (and its number 23 with a bullet), count me in as a fan. Reacher is an ex-MP who has taken to wandering the country, heading here and there for the barest of reasons. Well, he likes a puzzle and is curiouser than any ten cats. Along the way, Reacher always seems to stumble into trouble. Here, he returns to his father's hometown and decides to see his dad's old haunts ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars, actually.

Honestly, I'm not at all sure how much I'd like Jack Reacher if I met him in person because he doesn't pull any punches, but I'm certain I'd want him on my side in a fight for the same reason. And in this, the 23rd book in the series, he gets plenty of opportunity to practice his considerable skill.

The story begins as Reacher walks and hitchhikes near a remote and tiny town in New Hampshire on his way to wherever else the wind (or more accurately, any driver who gives him a l
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They are all so good but this one is straight out spectacular.

Telling you about the tension I felt reading this one!! I had to stop at some point after about page 100 to relax with some physical work exertions to get "unwound" and to distract myself enough to be able to swallow my own spit. It was creepy, evil terrifying- the premise AND the execution of it.

The premise is one that I've read in maybe 10 novels in my life, mostly sci. fic. but in some YA reads too, like Hunger Games.

That tells yo
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A skillfully descriptive and masterfully intense story with Jack Reacher and a perfect cast of characters.

Jack Reacher is just starting an epic road trip, heading from Maine to San Diego. He only gets as far as New Hampshire, when he comes to a fork in the road. Left or right? He should go left to Portsmith, but the road to the right heads to a town he has never seen, Laconia, New Hampshire. It’s the town where his father grew up. He decides to take the detour to see the place his father
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I was so happy to receive this as an advance review copy from NetGalley and the publisher as I had never read a Jack Reacher book until now.

Let me just say - it was awful! I was so disappointed. The story line I found very far-fetched on both sides. I honestly kept thinking and hoping it would get better, but so sorry to say it did not. I was not shocked to see many one star reviews when I went to Amazon.

I am not giving up on Lee Child's writing though, and I have a couple of his previous book
Terence M
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook - 12:29 hours - Narrator: Jeff Harding, after six chapters, replaced with new copy narrated by Scott Brick.

NB: This review re-written Monday 12 November. See below.

It is almost 1:00 am in Melbourne, 10 November, I have just finished "Past Tense" and my rating initial rating is 3.5 stars rounded to 4.0 Stars out of 5.0. I have some review comments to make about this Jack Reacher novel, but I will need to have some sleep before I commit them to paper. :-)

Addendum - 9:30 am, Melbourne, 12
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I admit I haven't read ALL of the Reacher books but I have read quite a few and I do believe this is one of the best.

In this outing, ex-MP Reacher decides to travel from Maine to San Diego and starts hitching a ride. When he reaches New Hampshire, he sees a sign for Laconia which triggers a memory and an interest in digging up some family history.

As only Reacher can, he makes friends and enemies quickly and is soon embroiled in some nasty business (which makes for some very exciting reading.)

Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge Jack Reacher fan and this book did not disappoint! This book was different from Lee Child's other books and I liked it! There were two seemingly unrelated storylines going on and I spent most of the book trying to figure out how they connected. Also, the plot was not at all predictable and kept me guessing the entire time! Thank you NetGalley for the ARC! This was a great read and I would definitely recommend it!
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
4 Jack Reacher is at it once again stars
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On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends

And I can't wait to get on the road again
On the road again

Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again (Willie Nelson)

Jack Reacher is once again a traveling man. His goal is to walk from Maine to California (yikes) and so when he travels onto a road in New E
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-tra
Our itinerate hero Jack Reacher is headed from Maine to San Diego and decides to make a visit to Laconia, New Hampshire, where he heard his father grew up. Before he died, he never did share with Jack much about his childhood beyond the fact that he ran away from home and joined the Marines in World War 2. All he remembers is him talking his father Stan having a position with a tin plant of some kind. While Jack explores family history in town, we are treated to the misadventures of a poor, youn ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Unique and inventive!! Great story!
Being that I’m coming in fresh on a long running series, I had a little bit to learn about Jack Reacher. What I have gathered here is that he is one person you do not want on the wrong side of you.

With a history of military and military police, Jack finds himself in a predicament as he begins his journey from Maine to San Diego. I love his theoretical mind and how he’s able to think his way out of problems and issues. Almost like fore
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
First and foremost, my thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of PAST TENSE. Mr. Child has written another suspenseful Reacher installment!

Per his wrting style, the exposition is methodical. However, in PAST TENSE the build up is slower than usual due to the lengthy, picayune details. The reader can guess where this first storyline is headed early on and the (albeit slow) and steady build up piques the reader’s curiosity and tickles the spidey-sense, which builds up the susp
Joanne Harris
I received this as an ARC from the publisher, who is well aware that I've read every Lee Child book as a proof since the first one, twenty years ago. Some are better than others in my view, and I think this is one of the best. It has the pleasing simplicity of the early Reacher books - the uncluttered landscapes, the quirky perspectives - and unlike some of the author's later books, which try to vary the formula by relocating Reacher to Europe, or going back too far in time, this one hits the ma ...more
Tiffany PSquared
Easily one of my favorite Reacher books to date. It had everything I love about one of my favorite characters in literature inside a taut, mystery-cloaked thriller.
Excellent pacing, nail-biting tension, likable/despicable characters, and Jack Reacher being his usual unflappable self in the midst of it all.

In Past Tense, Jack Reacher visits a small town in New Hampshire to hunt down information on the town where his father grew up. However, he ends up involved in a different kind of hunt altogeth
Jack Reacher is back! I was so excited to read this book. This series is one of my favorites. Love how they can all be read as a stand-alone. Past Tense is one of my favorite in the Jack Reacher series.

In this book we have 2 stories. Reacher is on how way to San Diego but he sees a sign for a town where his father was born. He's in no rush to get to San Diego so he takes the detour to find out more about his ancestors. Meanwhile, a young couple from Canada are on their way to New York City to se
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing for this arc.

I do adore Lee Child's Jack Reacher books. In Past Tense, he strays a bit from his usual formula. His ramblings take him into New Hampshire this time, not far from his father's childhood home and since he's not expected to be somewhere else and doesn't really have any solid plans other than heading south for the winter, he decides to wander down that pig trail and check out his father's hometown. But he runs into trouble finding it and
Judy Lesley
Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the digital galley of this novel.

Book twenty three in the series was just okay for me. I have been a Jack Reacher fan ever since a friend recommended the books to me and I went back to the first one and caught up. That was quite a few books ago so I have been sorry to see that I haven't liked some of the latest books nearly as much. This one is so fragmented by the dual point of view presentation that it just moved too s
Two mostly unrelated stories, based in Laconia, NH, that converge about three quarters of the way through to me in a seemingly forced manner. One is slightly interesting, the other an overused and completely predictable trope. Jack Reacher is hitchhiking from Maine to San Diego, and decides to go through Laconia, his father’s birthplace to examine his roots. Very little can be found in the public records, except that it seems that Stan's predilection for justice was passed on to son, Jack. Jack' ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My annual Reacher hit 🤩 and now on the day after its release I am already waiting for the next one.

Mr Child, could you possibly write two per year?
Susan Johnson
There are few things I look forward to more than a new Jack Reacher book and this 23rd addition to the series was not disappointing. You would think it would be because the books follow the same pattern but yet each is as readable and enjoyable as the last. Child keeps the pace moving and I simply could not put it down as I read until 3 am to finish it. There was simply no place to stop because I had to find out what would happen next.

Reacher is a retired M.P. who hitchhikes across the country
I love Jack Reacher. To be honest I'd kind of like to be Jack. His nomad lifestyle appeals to me and with some bonus vigilante action I'm pretty smitten.

I hadn't read a Jack Reacher book in awhile. Not because I've stopped enjoying them, but you know, too many books, not enough time. I was super excited when i got this advanced copy and was back in the middle of an adventure.

Jack is in the Boston area and decides he's going to take a vacation and head to San Diego for the winter. Of course he do
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, fiction
Reacher leaves Maine on his way to San Diego for the winter months. On his way he angers a Boston Mob boss who sends a hit team to take care of Reacher. While passing through Laconia, New Hampshire, Reacher decided to delve into some of his family’s history as his father was born in Laconia. Child had me wondering as he had what seemed to be an unrelated plot that he switched to every other chapter. But all tied together at the end.

The book is well written and moves at a fast pace. The plots twi
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more

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