The Passenger

The PassengerThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Published by Simon & Schuster on March 1st 2016
Pages: 304
ISBN: 1451686633
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Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After finding her husband’s body at the bottom of the stairs, Tanya Dubois(if that is her real name, changes her hair color, takes money out of the bank and heads out of town. It’s not the first time, and it wont be the last. As she calls in a mysterious man to obtain more money to help set up a new identification, her journey.

Why leave town? Why not stay and talk to the police? If she is Innocent and had nothing to do with her husband’s death, why flee? That is the mystery of this book. The book is almost a how to on starting a new identity and changing your appearance.

While on the run, Tanya/Amelia/Debra meets Blue a female bartender whom she lives with for some time. Blue recognizes something in Tanya/Amelia/Debra and they for together a sort of companionship for a time. The reader is given a glimpse into why Blue is on the run, but I feel there is more to her story than meets they eye. I wonder if the Author will do a more in depth book on Blue!?!

The most entertaining and intriquing parts of the book were Dominic and the letters between Tanya/Amelia/Debra and Ryan, obviously a man from her past that we do not learn much about until the end of the book.

This book started strong for me, then I felt it got a little dull in the middle and the ending picked up again for the explanation as to why she was living under false identities, who is Ryan?, and what is her real name. It all comes out in the end. This book had the potential to be great but never got past good for me. I felt it was missing a little something that I can’t quite put my finger on. I really enjoyed the beginning and ending of the book. The middle did have action but not enough to really make me care about that section all that much. Maybe if the Author put in some hints, or gave us more of a look into the past. I love putting my detective hat on to try and figure out just what the $#@%@%$ is going on in a book. But I wasn’t given enough info so my detective hat sat gather dust on the shelf.

A good book. I just wished it had been better. I would read more by this Author.