Review ~ The Passenger

Posted April 1, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 32 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review ~ The PassengerThe Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Published by Simon & Schuster on March 1st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 302
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
3.5 Stars

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!
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...
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?
With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.


Tanya is on the run after leaving her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs. She needs to run away and become someone else . . . again. Already running from a secret from her first life, Tanya becomes someone else again and again and . . . . Will she ever be able to stop running?

I wanted so much more from this one. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it but I just didn’t LOVE it. And I really wanted to. I wanted to be hooked and not be able to put it down. I wanted to either be rooting for or completely hate the MC. I wanted to be left speechless with the ending.  I didn’t get any of that.

I felt the pacing a bit slow. It was a book I could put down with no issues. I just didn’t feel the suspense, edge of my seat type feeling that I was hoping for. That isn’t to say there wasn’t a lot going on because there was. I just didn’t get as invested as I would have hoped.

The main character – let’s call her Tanya for the review’s sake – was clearly not someone you could trust. I wasn’t sure if she was good or bad or somewhere in between. I wasn’t rooting for or again her. I didn’t like or dislike her. I was pretty eh on her. I usually like my MCs to evoke something stronger than that in me, for good or for bad.

After all the running and what not I was hoping for a big ending, a big secret revealed and I felt like the ending tried to do that, it just didn’t work for me as much.

One thing I did like was emails our MC sent and received from someone from her first life. It helped to slowly let out details to help us put together a better picture of the MC and understand her and her motivations.

All of that probably makes it sound like I wouldn’t recommend it but I would. If you like mysteries/suspense/thrillers I would still give this one a try. Just maybe don’t expect that wow moment like I was.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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32 responses to “Review ~ The Passenger

  1. I have a review copy of this book that I need to get to soon. I really have liked Lisa Lutz’s writing in the past but this book seems very different than anything else she has written. The Spellman Files were hilariously funny and I loved the whole concept. I love mysteries so this one will hopefully work well for me but I am really curious to see her go in this new direction.
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  2. I totally agree with this review. I had the same thoughts- I think it was supposed to be somewhat suspenseful but I had no problem taking breaks from the book lol. And I really didn’t like Tanya much- although at the end I felt a little sympathy for her. But yeah- it was just okay. I did like the emails though, that might have been the most interesting part as I was wondering who this person was!
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  3. Oh no Grace! I’ve been putting this book off for months. Its just sitting there on my Kindle from Netgalley. You’re review does not motivate me. haha It sounded really good when I requested it, but once it came time to read it, I wasn’t feeling it.

  4. I should have scrolled down before I posted my comment about THE PASSENGER on your March wrap-up post. Doh! Anyway, I’m glad this one wasn’t a complete disappointment. I like the Spellman Files books, but I’ve heard this one is a lot different from Lutz’s usual style. I’m interested to see how it compares. Have you ever read anything by Sharon/S.J. Bolton? I’ve read a couple of her books now and they are total edge-of-your-seat/keep you guessing until the very end (and I do mean the VERY end) thrillers. She’s great if you like psychological thrillers with lots of action and crazy twists. I especially recommend her newest, LITTLE BLACK LIES.
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