Book Reviews

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

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The Passenger

by Lisa Lutz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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.

My Review:

Am I the only one who thinks the beginning was rushed? I mean, let’s be honest, of course with lines like ‘When I found my husband at the bottom of the floor..’ we are all hooked. But within the first five pages, it just seemed like something was missing. The only time it got better was when we were introduced to Blue. But that wasn’t enough to satisfy me.

The main character, Tanya Dubois, was poorly developed. I felt she had no personality and especially since she kept trying new identities and figure out who she is, there was NOTHING. And the biggest problem, you couldn’t sympathize with her throughout the whole book. I feel like The Passenger just went on and on and on and the great content that you keep expecting just wasn’t there. Overall, I think I was expecting some Big Bang at the end and it just never came.

After everything I have heard about this book, I really really expected to like it instantly. But I didn’t and I still can’t say that it was amazing. Could it be due to my love for a good thriller and this one just didn’t do it for me? Probably. Plus the fact this was hardly a thriller. I wish I could say I enjoyed this one.


6 thoughts on “The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

  1. I’d seen this book around a lot, though never really went any further than looking at the cover. The summary has definitely made me re-think it, and I now want a copy. Too bad I’ve bought my books for this month already!


  2. I finished the book and I liked it more than you did, but agree that the ending was underwhelming. I don’t want to give anything away, but I grew to dislike Ryan through his letters and was glad how that arc ended. The twist was a little surprising… Check out my review! I posted it today.


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