Review: The Passenger

The Passenger, Lisa Lutz

Hardcover, 320 pages

Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster

26154406In 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’ll start with a confession, I bought my first Lisa Lutz book years ago –The Spellman Files– and still it sits on my kindle unread.  I will be remedying that shortly.  

Tanya finds her husband’s body at the foot of the stairs in their home after his natural – but unexpected – death.  Rather than deal with any questions from the police Tanya packs a bag and leaves town. Who does that?  Tanya calls in a favor and becomes Amelia, which is the first of many names that we’ll get to know her as.  Tanya/Amelia crosses paths with many people who both help her and hinder her passage.  Most importantly she meets Blue; and in Blue Amelia seems to have found a true friend with a plan that will free them both from their pasts.  But is it really a safe road?

There were a few scenes where things were rushed, but since the book was so fast paced it didn’t take away too much from the overall enjoyment of the read.  The emails interspersing chapters between a mysterious Jo and Ryan only made me more curious about who Tanya really was and what she was hiding from.  I won’t spoil the ending, but I will just say those were twists I never saw coming!  I loved how Lutz wrapped everything up.  Pick this up when you have time to race through it because you won’t want to put The Passenger down. 

4 stars

Thank you Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review!

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