Jack Reacher is idly looking for his father’s past in small Laconia, New Hampshire in Past Tense.
There are two tales in this book: Jack’s search for his family and a young Canadian couple’s stay in a creepy motel. Both occur in Laconia so it is obvious the two tales will converge in time for the conclusion. The couple, Shorty and Patty, are taking a strange object to NYC when they have car trouble. They are forced to stay a night at a deserted motel. The reader can feel the dread on the first night when their room door is stuck closed.
The Reacher story moves slowly but the couple’s story keeps the reader’s interest until the slam bang conclusion where both plots come together. Past Tense is one of the best entries in the Jack Reacher series. It is highly recommended to readers looking for smart plots and authentic characters especially the laconic, but deadly, Jack Reacher. 4 stars!
Thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.