The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
Expected publication: March 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Sadly this book was just ok for me. I felt like it was very repetitive. The main character is forced to run, take on a new identity, goes to a bar, gets a job and then the cycle repeats itself. In between these chapters are emails between Jo and Ryan. It is assumed that Jo is the main character’s real name and Ryan is from her original life and the reason she had to run the first time. Even these segments are repetitive. But they were also the main reason why I kept reading the book. The emails elude to some event that happened long ago but never really say what happens. It took forever for these bits to add up to anything significant that I felt like I had wasted a lot of time reading the book. I was hoping for something a little more exciting than what this book turned out to be. When this book is being advertised as the next big thriller, I am going to expect a lot of thrills. This book did not live up to the advertising for me.