Monday, March 14, 2016

The Passenger

Lisa Lutz’s The Passenger kicks it into high gear from page one. "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..." That’s Tanya Dubois’ story upon finding her husband’s dead body at the bottom of the stairs and she’s sticking to it.

From the publisher: "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."

I loved this psychological thriller! It was enthralling and addicting, and once started I could not put it down; as impossible as eating just one potato chip. Hooked from the onset, I just wanted to know what would happen next and how our protagonist would navigate her escape and her next identity (Tanya/Amelia/Debra/Sonia/Jo/ Nora). Each chapter shined a new light for the reader on the chain of events in the past which brought Tanya to where she is today, helped us better understand whether she was closer to victim or villain (or somewhere in between), and which, as inevitable as the sun rising in the east, would have to bring her full circle to where it all began in order for the tale to reach its thrilling conclusion.

The Passenger was a riveting and smart read with a killer (in the good sense) protagonist and secondary characters as captivating and intriguing. Highly recommend it!