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!
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?
Ever wondered how liberating it might be to just run away, reinvent yourself, start again? Maybe read The Passenger first — an incredible story about how innocence turns to guilt on the flip of a coin.
For the purpose of this review I will call the main character Tania, even though she is a chameleon, adopting a number of identities throughout the book.
Tania is not only running away from her problems, she’s also running towards them and at every turn she endures more than you can imagine.
Tanya’s story will take you on a ride. You will barrack for her and condemn her all in the same breath, and when she meets Blue you will want to shout “Walk away!”. Of course, she does the opposite.
The Passenger is a riveting and evocative story by Lisa Lutz, and with a skilfully structured the plot that keeps you guessing to the very end.
Highly recommended. A book to put on your to be read list.