Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23) by Lee Child

Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)

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 the...

Details Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)

TitlePast Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)
Release DateNov 5th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Crime

Reviews Past Tense (Jack Reacher, #23)

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    4.5*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 ...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***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...
  • Paula Kalin
    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 cont...
  • Matt
    Lee Child returns with another Reacher adventure that takes things down some untraversed pathways, particularly interesting for series fans. When Jack Reacher sets out for California, he has high hopes about this journey. However, early during the trek, he ends up having to get out along the road in New Hampshire, where a road sign rattles in the wind. The town of Laconia triggers a memory for Reacher, which he soon recollects is Stan Reacher’s...
  • 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 threa...
  • Phrynne
    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 ab...
  • Lisa Cleveland
    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! We...
  • Brenda
    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 becaus...
  • Dave
    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'...
  • Monnie
    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...
  • Jeanette
    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 ...
  • Lisa
    A skillfully descriptive and masterfully intense story with Jack Reacher and a perfect cast of characters. SUMMARYJack 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 de...
  • Maureen
    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 writin...
  • Manuel Antão
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Similar Story Archs: "Past Tense" by Lee ChildI have said elsewhere that crime fiction seems to flourish in times of stress, such as our era now. I fully expect more great detective fiction in the near future as it is one of the few genres that can show society from top to bottom: the detective, investigator or whatever, in many of the best novels, talks to both the monied and the money...
  • Terence M
    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 t...
  • Bam
    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 busines...
  • Michele
    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!
  • Marialyce
    4 Jack Reacher is at it once again starsMy reviews can be seen here: http://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpress...On the road againJust can't wait to get on the road againThe life I love is making music with my friendsAnd I can't wait to get on the road againOn the road againGoin' places that I've never beenSeein' 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 (...
  • Judy
    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...
  • Michael
    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, w...
  • 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 thin...
  • Pamela
    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 an...
  • 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 end...
  • Sandy
    3.5 stars
  • Jean
    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 f...
  • 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...
  • Skip
    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 predil...
  • 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 p...
  • Ace
    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?