I received this book for free from Edelweiss, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Published by Simon & Schuster on March 1, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Suspense, Contemporary Women
Source: Edelweiss, Netgalley
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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?
I have stated many times that I am tired of books being compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Those two books started a love of psychological thrillers in me and I have been hunting for the next one that could match up. And I kept being disappointed as most of them were decent, but not edge of my seat, holy crap books. Then enter The Passenger, a book that totally lives up to the hype and kept me up to the wee hours as I was compelled to figure it out. We meet Tanya as she is considering what to do with the dead body of her husband. As she calmly rationalizes leaving, we begin a journey with her crisscrossing the United States. Through countless identities and multiple hair colors, we begin to get to the truth of who Tanya is and was, and why she is so capable of being someone else.
Lisa Lutz created a remarkable world in The Passenger. Full of what should be mundane details, the way she frames them makes the simple sublime. The pacing was remarkable. Days and states pass in a blur and yet you never feel lost, you instead feel anxious to see what comes next. The plot was just so very good; gripping and super twisty. There was one small plot point that I did not care for as it just pushed my squick button a little too much and yet, seemed super expected and almost commonplace as an easy out in the thriller world at the same time. But other than that one point, perfection. The emotions ran high, as running from your past should make them. I also liked that I was rooting for a women who leaves her dead husband with almost no thought. The characters where well fleshed out and richly nuanced. The writing was ridiculously well done. I was engrossed from the get go and never paused to think about a plot point.
Lutz is a new to me author that I will definitely add to my want to read list. She was able to craft a tale that kept me interested from page one to the close of the book. If you are looking for this year’s gripping and full of twists thriller, The Passenger is the one that I would recommend hands down. Well written, full of gasps and heart pounding action, The Passenger is worth the late night and lack of sleep.
Favorite lines – I would never forget what I had done, the mistakes I had made, the innocent and guilty people I’d left in my wake. But when I weighed my crimes against the world, I still believed that I was owed a decent existence. I believed it was fair for me to find some small pleasure in life.
Biggest cliché – As long as I don’t stop, everything will be fine.
Have you read The Passenger, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge