My Review: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.
Maybe it's just me but I have been seriously disappointed in "thrillers" lately. I want something that puts me on the edge of my seat and doesn't let me figure out what is going on! This one was fine, it wasn't too suspenseful but there were some thrilling moments. The narrator, Tanya/Amelia, etc. etc. was supremely unlikable but that didn't ruin the story for me. The worst part of this book was the ending. I wish I could give you a big old spoiler about it but basically the entire book is spent on the run until it's not. I hated the ending and it was a big slap in the face after the rest of the book -- it seriously made me feel like reading the book was a waste of time.
I would still recommend this to anyone that likes thrillers, especially those with an unreliable female narrator (more about this phenomenon soon!). The writing was good and it was definitely a fast read. Although I didn't love either He Will Be My Ruin or The Girl on The Train (I know both got rave reviews), I would recommend this one if you liked either of those. My recent favorite in this genre is still Swerve by Vicki Pettersson! The Passenger comes out today March 1, 2016, and you can purchase HERE!
I got a paper cut rushing to unzip the seal with my index finger. A small dot of blood landed on my new birth certificate, Amelia Keen, born 3:32 a.m. on November 3, 1986, to George Arthur Keen and Marianne Louise Keen at Providence Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A Scorpio. Powerful, magnetic, jealous, possessive, compulsive. My mother used to read charts obsessively. I never bought into it, mostly because I was a Pisces, which always sounded a lot like a jellyfish without the sting. But looking back, maybe that's exactly what I was.
Now I could change all of that. Change everything about myself that I didn't like, starting with my hair. I had become a blonde a long time ago when I realized that men look at you differently when you burn the color out of your hair. I wondered how they'd look at me as a brunette. Maybe they wouldn't look at me at a ll. It would be nice to be invisible for awhile.