The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
“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…”
48 hours after Tanya Dubois’ husband falls down the stairs to his death, she finds herself cashing out everything she owns, changing her appearance and taking on a whole new identity. She flees town in the middle of the night knowing full well her life as Tanya is now over….but this isn’t the first time she’s had to do something like this. The main character and narrator of this story seems to change her identity as often as most people change their clothes.
The Passenger is a fast moving, immediately gripping mystery/thriller about a woman who creates new identities as she needs them while traveling across the country to escape her past.
I absolutely love psychological thrillers and this one did not disappoint. As well as following Tanya through her current day travels, we also get a glimpse back in time with a series of emails. In these emails, we get the history of why and when Tanya first started to run and change identities….only…we don’t get the whole story at once. As Tanya travels back and forth across the country, changing identities and meeting new people, we slowly get more and more insight into just who Tanya is and where she came from.
The Passenger is a gripping, sometimes fun & entertaining and, other times dark thriller. I love the unreliable narrator in this story…I can feel iffy about them sometimes, but it worked this time. And I think that’s because as the story went on, we get more honesty.
When I started this book I didn’t quite know what to expect or where this was going but I was pleasantly surprised as the story continued. I loved the feeling of being on the run with Tanya and not quite fully knowing all the history, while at the same time knowing you’d be rewarded with answers little by little. I quite liked the conclusion and I felt like this story had a unique and interesting cast of characters.
My Rating: 4/5 Starts
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