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Book Review: The Passenger

The Passenger Book Cover The Passenger
Lisa Lutz
Simon and Schuster
March 1, 2016

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride! In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it... Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time. She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born. It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past? With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

My Thoughts

I received a free copy of this book from Simon and Schuster (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not even sure what to call the main character, as her name changed so many times, so I’ll stick with the first name used, which is Tanya Dubois. I really enjoyed this book, but it is not without it’s faults, thus, I am giving this book 4 stars.

The book all starts when Tanya finds her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs. Instead of calling the police or an ambulance, she decides to go on the run. Throughout, she changes identities a few times, and runs into some characters that persist throughout the book. One thing I did not like is that it is not clear until the very end of the book as to why she decides to run and not call the police. This required me to really have faith that the author was going to wrap this all up. For most of the book I just remained confused, which I think could be very frustrating for some readers.

In the end, it was all very tied up well, and I really enjoyed the plot twists and the ending. There were some very interesting characters, and the author develops the characters very well. Tanya runs into two important characters named Blue and Domenic. Blue is in a similar situation to Tanya, and Domenic is a cop/love interest that she runs into on the road. Both characters were pivotal, and it was great to see them develop throughout, but it would have been good to have more involvement with these characters.

Overall, 4 stars. I definitely recommend picking this up.

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