Reading time 3 mins

Right away I became hooked on this book. This was an awesome read because of the style of the writing, the locations, the characters we meet, the thoughts of the main character, and, most of all, the mystery of how we got here.

Review: THE PASSENGER by Lisa LutzThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Published by Simon & Schuster on March 1st 2016
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, Contemporary Women
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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.

Our main character is shedding her identity, again. In the beginning Tanya’s husband has just fallen down the stairs and dies. She has to get out before someone questions her and finds out who she really is. She is not the girl everyone thinks she is. Thank God, she hated being Tanya. Tanya Amelia seems doomed from the start until she meets a girl named Blue. Blue is not who she says she is either. They become fast friends and switch identities. Now Tanya Amelia Debra is going to start over. Debra has a real shot at a good life. Unless of course Debra’s ghosts come back to find her, too.

Actually, my little summary there just covered the first few chapters. I don’t want to give away the whole story. This story is so much more, and this girl, our protagonist, takes us all over the country inventing herself. To say this is fast paced is almost an understatement. This book is one hell of a ride!

This is such a fun read. Don’t worry about the identity swaps, we stay in first person the whole story through. It doesn’t matter what she is called, the fact is that she is NOT who she says she is. The author doesn’t reveal why until very late in the book. The whole time I was wondering how bad she could really be. The fact is that the main character in this story is a good girl, with some really fucked up things happening to her. At no time in this story did I get frustrated with her. She did what she had to do.

The story takes us all over remote America, mostly small towns, where you can still pay cash for a hotel. As the main character goes from person to person she changes. Our girl changes hair color, eye color, style, drink, and dialect. Through all of this, she has a chance run in with a cop she really likes. He is not going to just let her go. She holds onto and communicates with her first love. She rights a potential wrong. She stands up for herself. She gets told off by stranger. She is caught and let go accidentally. Then she throws in the towel and goes home, four long years after she decided to run away.

This story had me really wondering, aside from what the hell did this girl do, how hard it would be to just disappear. This was such a quick read, but left me completely sated. The Passenger is smart and phenomenally written. Once I started reading, there was no way I could put it down. Even the title was incredibly woven into the text. This was a great thriller.

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About Lisa Lutz

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, The Spellmans Strike Again, Trail of the Spellmans, Spellman Six: The Next Generation (previously published as The Last Word), Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children's book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, How to Start a Fire, will be published in May 2015. Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Although she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the University of Leeds in England, and San Francisco State University, she still does not have a bachelor's degree. Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping through a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting the screenplay Plan B, a mob comedy. After the film was made in 2000, she vowed she would never write another screenplay. Lisa lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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