The Passenger

By Lisa Lutz

4 out of 5 stars

“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.”

Thus begins the very twisted tale of Tanya DuBois (not her real name and she will go through quite a few before finally coming full circle). When she finds her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs, Tanya doesn’t call the police. She instead packs up some things, takes some money and hightails it out of there. You would wonder why she would do that but a light is shone on her past and her true identity throughout the story. It seems she has been running for a long time.

When she happens upon a bar and a bartender named Blue, things take a dramatic turn. Blue has secrets of her own and gives her identity to Tanya, who then becomes Debra Maze. She takes a teaching job in a small town but even there, the past comes back to haunt her and she’s on the run again. There is an awful lot of running in this book. But as we all know, you can’t run away forever and maybe, just maybe, you can go home again.

This story takes you on all kinds of twists and turns. All of the characters that happen into Tanya/Jo’s life, are all very interesting in their own rights. You wonder throughout the whole story just what is the big secret that she has run away from and you do eventually find out with a bit a surprise thrown in for good measure. I have always enjoyed Lisa Lutz’s Spellman books and though this is very different, I found myself totally immersed in it and wanting to see just what happens. There is a bit of a choppiness in the storyline but I think it really showed the effects of trying to be someone else and all that it takes to keep up a charade. And stay safe and sane! This is a good, suspenseful read that will keep you trying to figure out what started it all.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

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