Review: Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Review: Passenger by Lisa LutzThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz
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Pages: 304
on March 1st 2016

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.

Passenger was a quick read. I’ve been attempting to read through all books currently on my iBooks, Kindle or Nook apps (and I’ve racked up quite a few) to help clear some space on my iPad. The blurb for this book interested me greatly but the delivery of this mystery-thriller was what disappointed me the most.

Meet SHE. I’m using “She” because the only thing constant about this character is her gender. She’s had to change her name after the accidental death of her husband Frank, and from what the reader can infer – this is not the first time she’s done this. She makes a phone call to set up a new identity and to get some cash and then she’s on the run. She meets Blue and once again off she goes.

The premise is interesting, I like that She takes care crafting a whole new identity down to the alcohol each new person prefers. That kind of detail was great. However the execution of Lutz’s wirting is less than spectacular. I couldn’t get into the way things were written. I ended up skimming the last few identities once the origin story unfolded a little more. But that background wasn’t even that interesting — it all felt to perfect of an ending.

It was a fast, sometimes thrilling read but I wanted more from Lutz’s Passenger.

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