The Passenger

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The Passenger

Wrapped within a multitude of colorful threads, "The Passenger", crafted by well-known writer Lisa Lutz, is a ultimate brainteaser and psychological thriller that will keep a reader wondering why, oh why, would a person flee her home after finding her husband dead.

I can definitely understand Tanya's dilemma, especially after viewing so many episodes of mysteries and criminal-justice-type shows. The need to avoid being a major suspect is definitely in the forefront of a person's mind once a spouse is found dead in the family residence.

Perhaps running may not have been a extremely sound decision, however, it appeared to be the best decision considering the vetting process by the authorities. The questioning and tone of the the investigators can be terrifying. If the answers provided are unrealistic, all hell will break loose.

Poor Frank is dead but are you 100% sure Tanya did it? Could it have been a hidden personality locked deep within Tanya?

Tanya Dubois is a woman with a great deal of darkness that haunts her at nearly every turn, and the need to escape is a compelling one. Her various personas still carry a hint of who she is as well as the components she desires to leave far into that painful distant past. The manner in which Tanya captivates her alter egos' move forward in the quest for a new beginning provided me with many aha moments and at times a chuckle and nod pondering how I related to her mindset.

Quick question—how many other people reside deep within the primary personality known as yourself? I am just asking. (wink) In my heartfelt opinion, pain and fear will make an individual do all kinds of unthinkable acts and respond in uncharacteristic ways.

I enjoyed the lies, secrets, and underhandedness that spun throughout the plot of "The Passenger." The characters were well defined and intriguing. The jaunts through various states and and towns were also invigorating.

Lisa Lutz has a gift for painting a dramatic portrait of her characters and their environment by creating a vivid mental image for her audience with her play on words, tone, and underpinning of the deceit harbored by Amelia, Debra, Emma, Sonia, Jo, and Blue. I must say that I could relate at various stages to each character or persona, which made me feel like a passenger in this wild ride. "The Passenger" is a read I could not put down until the end.

I enjoyed Ms. Lutz's writing style, and since this was my introduction to her craft I will look for other works of Ms. Lutz to enjoy in the near future.

Thanks, Ms. Lutz, for an enjoyable ride through the minds of women who were hungry for a new life.

Book Blurb for The Passenger

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.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2016 4.00