Review – The Passenger by Lisa Lutz


The Passenger

by Lisa Lutz

Summary: 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.

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Source: I received a digital copy from Netgalley


If you’re looking for a great mystery novel to suck you in and give you a great story with tons of twists and turns, The Passenger is the perfect book. It was fun to read and difficult to guess.

The main character fled town after her husband’s death because she was on her second identity and knew it would cause issues by sticking around. She stayed on the run and changed her identities a few times. She met up with people who impacted her journey. There were also a series of emails from a childhood friend that refer to some event happening that would have been the cause of her initial identity change.

It was definitely full of twists and turns because her journey was ultimately unpredictable and fraught with obstacles and pile of bodies that somehow keep turning up at the most inconvenient moment.

I enjoyed the journey and I also loved the way it came full circle and we got to figure out what was going on My only real complaint is that I don’t really know what sort of person the main character really was. She changed everything so many times and I think that was kind of the point. She never really got to be the person she was and she was constantly adjusting herself to fit her new persona in order to stay under the radar. Still, I wish I had more actual connection to the main character.

I definitely recommend the book and it’s certainly the perfect book to grab and take to the beach and devour.

Star 4



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