I love a good mystery. And this one had a whopper in the beginning. It was slow and confusing at some parts but I had to finish it. This book left me thinking about it. Wondering about the character and the end. Which is a good thing!
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 1, 2016)
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.
The beginning starts off with a bang. Tayna’s husband mysteriously died, so instead of waiting for the police, she runs away. She changed everything about her from the color of her hair to the drinks and food she eats.
She goes through so many identities that sometimes it’s hard to keep track. So many personalities and names. Tanya used past associations the help her make these new identities and is on the run, so we don’t have time to understand who they are. It’s when she meets a woman named Blue that she recognizes herself in this stranger.
I loved Blue. She added depth and mystery to an already thrilling plot. I would have liked to have more of her in the story. Lutz does a wonderful job at bringing Tanya’s present and past together. The last part of the book kept me reading and intrigued. I wanted answers and we get a fulfilling conclusion.
There were some elements I had a hard time with. All the name changes of the protagonist and it was a bit slow in some parts and repetitive. But I was hooked halfway through when revelations were revealed. I wanted to understand Tayna or her many names of Jane, Amelia,Debra…. She was a great character. She’s determined and resourceful. But I felt we didn’t really get to know her as well as we could.
Lutz does a wonderful job at adding tense moments where the reader doesn’t know what could happen with the characters. Her description brought to life the setting, putting the reader right in the thick of it all. And the ending? It was really fulfilling. We got the answers and it left me thinking about the book. About the characters and what had happened.
Should you read it? Yes! The Passenger is worth the read. It’s a fun, decent thriller that’s pleasantly hypnotic.
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Thank you to SIMON AND SCHUSTER for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review!