PAST TENSE

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - EC

by Lee Child, Pen­guin Ran­dom House

Another day, another hitch­hik­ing jour­ney gone astray for Jack Reacher, who finds him­self yet again be­ing in the wrong place at the wrong time. The se­ries is al­ways re­li­able as a fast, good read and this one is no dif­fer­ent – in fact, it’s one of the more mem­o­rable of the past few Reacher nov­els. This time, the small US town our hero finds him­self in has ties to his up­bring­ing, and we get to know his fam­ily side more. But the B-plot, of a cou­ple trapped in an in­creas­ingly sin­is­ter mo­tel in the mid­dle of nowhere, is where the book shines. I have been put off in the past by the nasty vi­o­lence in some of Lee Child’s books and while this one has a lot of gun vi­o­lence, it’s far less tor­ture-filled than pre­vi­ous nov­els. A rip­ping beach read.

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