ARC Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: ebook
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Mystery
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover | Audio (Audible) 


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?


I couldn't put this book down. From the first page to the last it was a wild ride.  The book begins with Tanya finding the body of her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs.  She doesn't call the police but instead goes on the run where she meets Blue. As Tanya's life begins to unravel you start to wonder if Blue is really her friend or using her for her own purposes.

Tanya or Amelia or whatever her name happens to be at the moment doesn't seem to be a bad person so why is she on the run? This mystery slowly unravels just as her life unravels.  Tanya just seems to want to live a normal life.  She doesn't want to keep running so why is she.

I've never read this author before so I don't know what her other books are like but this one was great. Fast paced, fun with great characters and a great story line.  I'd love to see more of Blue, she is an intriguing character that makes me want more.

Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.