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Past Tense

Updated: Nov 13, 2018

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 talked about. Upon arriving he is mystified when he checks out city records, but can’t find any information about this dad. Was this the right town? Maybe his dad was really never there.

At the same time, a couple traveling from Canada to New York in a worn out Honda are experiencing car trouble thirty miles outside Laconia. Patty and Shorty have a suitcase weighted down with something to sell in New York and they want to maximize their profit, so a hotel stay was not in the plans. But the car was overheating. They see a unusual motel sign pointing down a tiny canopy road. They nurse the Honda several miles down the pot-holed tunnel of a road where they find a long and low hotel with twelve rooms and zero occupancy. It seems a little strange to be out in the middle of nowhere like this, but the car will go no further. The owner is welcoming, but everything seems a little off. Something just doesn’t feel right. And then the other rooms begin to fill, and a nightmare begins.


This is Jack Reacher #23, and I am happy to say I have loved every single one of Lee Child’s books. It’s just comfortable and fast reading. You know what your going to get when you open the cover. The story is going to be gripping and intense and Reacher is going to make things right. He always does. You may not like how he goes about it, but his rationale makes total sense.

LEE CHILD’s writing is skillfully descriptive and masterfully intense. He makes it easy to visualize the red painted motel with the white trim or the knocking of the engine of the old battered Honda. He takes us on a breathless ride of action and suspense, and easily juggles multiple plot lines before merging them together.

Jack Reacher at six-foot-five is his own man. He smart, strategic and strong and has the ability to find trouble even when he is asleep. And he will never turn a blind eye to someone who needs help. Unbeknownst to Reacher, Patty and Shorty need his help. Patty and Shorty’s characters are perfect for the story, and I particularly loved how Patti’s character showed strength and intelligence in a difficult situation.

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Delacorte Press

Published November 5, 2018

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I’ve just completed The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and was wonderI got what to read next. Thanks Lisa!

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