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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz
Published March 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster Read: March 2016 How I Got It: Ebook (approximately 304 pages) from NetGalley
Tanya Dubois’s husband is dead. It was an accident, but
Tanya decides to run anyway. She acquires a new identity (a few actually) and
begins a life on the run… on the run from police, hit-men, jealous ex-husbands
(not her’s), but ultimately, on the run from an event in her past. Throughout
Tanya’s life as a fugitive, she commits or is an accomplice to multiple crimes
and she meets some interesting characters including a bartender named Blue and
a possible romantic interest- a cop- named Dominic. Throughout the story, the
past event is hinted to with old emails and some foreshadowing comments from
Tanya’s omniscient narration.
This was a hard story to get into; it had a really long
timeline. Because the story takes place over a period of months, Lisa Lutz does
more telling rather than showing. The emails and the need to know why Tanya was
on the run keeps the reader engaged, but the ending was a bit of a letdown. The
event that caused Tanya to run initially did not justify the things she did or
the person she became. Lutz succeeded in keeping the reader engaged in the
mystery, but if you’re looking for a better written mystery stick to books more
like the novels of Gillian Flynn or Tana French.
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.