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The Passenger

The Passenger
Lisa Lutz
Simon & Schuster, 2016
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

The Passenger started off with major suspense, mystery and page-turning action. However, the changing of identities went on for too long, and the book lost some of its momentum. I was glad to finally know what happened to the main character to make her run, because everything made sense. I kept waiting for a twist, and was thinking that maybe her “real” name and story weren’t real. Sadly, I was wrong, and even more sadly, once I got to the twist, I didn’t like it. At all. The book was well written, so the ending didn’t totally spoil it, but I would have liked it better without the final surprise.