Psy­cho meets King

Jack Reacher au­thor de­liv­ers an­other win­ner

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While Jack Reacher is ex­plor­ing the United States, he stum­bles on a ru­ral area in New Hamp­shire and spots a sign with a name that’s fa­mil­iar to him — the town where his fa­ther was born.

Reacher de­cides to take a de­tour from his plan to in­ves­ti­gate his dad’s life. His plan goes awry when he vis­its the city clerk’s of­fice and the lo­cal li­brary. He also talks to folks who have lived in the tiny town their en­tire lives. Ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence, no one with the last name of Reacher ever lived there.

While Reacher searches for an­swers in Past Tense, two young peo­ple from Canada run into a bit of bad luck when their car breaks down. Since the area is iso­lated and they are lack­ing in funds, they are in a bind. Patty and her boyfriend, Shorty, are happy when a lo­cal of­fers to help them with their car and puts them in a newly ren­o­vated mo­tel. It soon be­comes ter­ri­fy­ing when they re­al­ize their knight in shin­ing ar­mour is ly­ing and has taken them pris­oner.

The two sto­ries even­tu­ally col­lide in a sur­pris­ing way, and the last third of the novel is tense and ex­cit­ing. Patty and Shorty’s story in­vokes el­e­ments of Psy­cho mixed with some Stephen King. The novel starts more slowly than typ­i­cal Lee Child nar­ra­tives, but once Past Tense gets past the open­ing, Child kicks the story into high gear.

Lee Child Delacorte Press

Past Tense: a Jack Reacher Novel

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