Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Posted July 2, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 18 Comments

Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa LutzTitle: The Passenger
Author: Lisa Lutz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: March 1st 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Length: 304 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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.

Book Quote

“You can never see anything clearly when you’re running.”

My Thoughts

The Passenger was a quick and very enjoyable read.

Lisa Lutz quickly sets the stage with an unreliable narrator on the run after supposedly discovering her husband lying dead at the bottom of the staircase in their home. We are taken on a wild ride from there as she tries to escape her past and we try to figure out whether she can be trusted and what exactly this past is from which she is hiding.

We quickly learn that Tanya isn’t all she seems to be as she seamlessly seems to switch from identity to identity…life to life… and clearly has much experience doing so.

After a little while though this crazy ride starts getting draining. Not for us but for Tanya and her facade starts to crack. We slowly learn more and more about who she really is and why she’s on the run as her vulnerabilities that she works so hard to hide behind bravado are revealed. We start to really see the toll that this life has caused and all that she has lost.

Although I can’t say that I was wowed by the revelations at the end of The Passenger.

I will say that the journey to the end of The Passenger with Tanya/Jo was worth read.

I was still left pondering a few things but not enough that I lost any sleep over it.

Overall I think Lutz painted a great picture of the day to day struggle of living on the run and how easy it would be to lose oneself in the process.

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About Lisa Lutz

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of the six books in the Spellman series, How to Start a Fire, Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children’s book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, The Passenger, a psychological thriller, will be published March 2016 by Simon and Schuster. 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.

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18 responses to “Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

    • Melissa

      I can see why you would have put it aside. It was a bit hit or miss for me in the beginning. Hard to connect with an MC you don’t know.

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