Review: The Passenger


The Passenger  by: Lisa Lutz

My Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

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.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Simon & Schuster and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


This book was recommended to me by my blogger friend Kim! When I read Kim’s review for this book I was intrigued. I’m always on the hunt for a good murder mystery and The Passenger sounded interesting. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.

The book begins with ‘Tanya’ discovering her husband dead. She assumes that he fell from the stairs and banged his head. She tells the readers that she did not murder her husband. She was in the shower when he died.

She decides to dispose of his body. After doing so she goes to meet with a man she had an affair with. They talk and she leaves to start a new life.

I just found this book to be weird. In the beginning it held my attention but once I got to the scene with ‘Tanya’ and the man she was having an affair with I lost interest. You’re told that the reason she ran away is because she is on the run from the government. I guess it was too much to risk calling the police and telling them she was innocent. I’m not exactly sure why I found this weird but I did. And I stopped reading it.

Overall this was an odd book. I cannot bring myself to recommend it.


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