• "Busy, bloody and <b>ingenious</b>"

    The Times
  • "The pace picks up...the action becomes <b>bruta</b>l, and we're led to an extremely<b> satisfying </b>conclusion...I'm becoming increasingly understanding of our appetite for fiction that features proper punishment for baddies. It's deeply <b>comforting </b>to escape into an imaginary world where we're all safe in Jack Reacher's gammon-joint sized hands."

  • "Child's writing seems unusually <b>expressive </b>in this novel...a reminder that Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted."

    New York Times Book Review
  • "Child is an <b>excellent </b>writer...As ever, the prose is <b>precision-tooled.</b>"

    Evening Standard
  • "Lee Child<i> </i>shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase <i><b>moral compass</b> </i>was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You <b>need</b> Jack Reacher."

  • "The concision, procedural chops and terse, surprising action of Past Tense make it a fantastic read."

    USA Today
  • "Child at the <b>top of his game</b>"

    Woman & Home
  • "With fast action, a smart plot and Reacher's laconic wit - as ever, it's pure pleasure"

    Sunday Mirror
  • "The only question is whether it's a <b>superior </b>instalment in the series - and the answer is yes."

    Mail on Sunday
  • "Lee Child is a very good writer who happens to compose thrillers. He is a <b>first-rate </b>stylist...every landscape, street scene, room and person passing through the story is observed in clean, precise declarative sentences whose <b>elegant simplicity </b>belies the <b>tremendous skill</b> it took to craft them."

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "If you haven’t read any Jack Reacher, you have a treat in store. He excels at the art of the putdown, followed by a punch. But he is as sensitive as Sherlock Holmes to telling details in the way people present themselves, and to nuances of behaviour that lead him through mazes of lies to the truth...a hitchhiker without a phone, a one-man force for good."

    The Times