ARC Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Tanya DuBois doesn’t exist. At least not after an accident leaves her husband dead and thrusts her into the uncomfortably familiar position of Suspect No. 1. She has only one choice: Run.

As “Tanya” watches her life recede in the rearview mirror, we realize she was never real to begin with. And neither is Amelia Keen, Debra Maze, Emma Lark, Sonia Lubovich, or a girl called only Jo. Or almost any of the things she tells us about herself, her past or where she is going next. She is “Amelia” when she meets Blue, another woman with a life she’d rather not discuss, and thinks she’s found a kindred spirit. But their pasts and futures clash as the body count rises around them.

Shedding identities like snakeskins, it becomes impossible for the people in Tanya’s life – and even herself – to know exactly who they’re dealing with. It’s only as she comes closer to facing her past that she can start to piece together the truth about not only who she was but who she can still be. THE PASSENGER inverts the traditional thriller, bypassing whodunit for the larger mysteries of who are you, and what is forgivable, and what is not?

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

I have a love and hate relationship with crime thrillers – I absolutely adore getting lost in the twists and turns but if it isn’t executed expertly, then the charm of crime thrillers tends to be lost! 

The Passenger is a story of a woman on the run – from what? No one beyond the woman herself knows. But an accidental death of her “husband”, she knows that while she has had a good run with this life, she needs to leave before the police take a closer look at his “wife”. 

It’s easy for the reader to understand that nothing is right about Tanya Dubois; and that it isn’t the first time that she has been on the run, nor it will be the last time – through her run this time, she meets an enigmatic woman, another woman on the run; Blue as well as being attracted to a cynical detective, who comes close to seeing who she actually is.  

This is one of those crime thrillers where the focus is on mixing past and present to make a plot that slowly & steadily reels you in; all the while revealing crumbs of information that will complete the puzzle. But it isn’t till the end of the book, that the reader will get the full picture – and though I wouldn’t classify this as a crazy ride of twists and turns; it’s a slow burn in crime thriller that definitely ends up giving the reader a sense of closure when they are done.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 



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