Review: The Passenger By Lisa Lutz

Review: The Passenger By Lisa LutzThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Pages: 304
Published by Simon Schuster on March 1st 2016
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.


Oh man, definitely not the conclusion I was expecting at all but it was somehow better than I thought it would be. This book kept me thoroughly engrossed the entire time I was reading it. The story is even darker than I thought it would end up being (there’s a few murders) but it’s a very well written book. The pacing was perfect and I was never bored.


So the story starts out with a Tanya’s husband falling down the stairs and dying. Afraid that an investigation will reveal that she doesn’t actually exist, Tanya goes on the run, changing identities as she goes. Along the way, she meets some very interesting characters (I don’t want to spoil too much but I love Blue and Domenic, they are seriously cool characters).

In the end, we found out why Tanya was on the run in the first place and exactly what happened. Throughout the book you get email exchanges between Ryan and Jo, which hint at a backstory that is actually very interesting. The twists and turns of this story will keep you hooked. It’s definitely dark and there was one scene that I think was a little unnecessary (I don’t want to spoil it but having something blow up didn’t really do a ton to advance the plot in my mind).

I really liked how every time Tanya switched her identity, the book started off with a new section. While you could see who she was as a person throughout, it was definitely entertaining to see how she adapted to each identity. Additionally, the number of ways in which she acquired new identities were incredibly creative and inventive. I found attending funerals to be perhaps the most morbid, yet creative, way that I’ve heard of yet.

Overall, this was a very entertaining book and I highly recommend it if you’re in the book for a dark thriller that doesn’t take itself too seriously.


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