Friday, March 25, 2016
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
"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."
3.0 out of 5 stars -- You will enjoy this if you are able to suspend disbelief and accept some very unrealistic scenarios while following a conniving, murderous thief -- whose name changes with each chapter -- as she attempts to escape her past. Somehow, despite the flaws and the implausibility, you may come to care about this woman and find yourself curious as she traverses the USA by way of car, train and bus. She is constantly on the move because she has the worst luck ever and it is hard to take care of yourself when you have no identity and because people are looking for you. All the while, there are hints that something happened over 10 years ago that caused her to run away and she has been doing it ever since.
The book pace ebbs and flows with some of the assumed identities being more interesting than others. This is really a first person narrative and the secondary characters (even Blue) are basically barely relevant to the development of the plot and the subsequent reveal at the end.
I am not sure why this is categorized as a psychological thriller. I did not find it particularly suspenseful and there were enough loose ends that I felt some annoyance at the slightly off-putting conclusion. I did not find this woman to be a sympathetic or likeable person and wasn't even rooting for a happy ending for her. That said, I liked it well enough as I enjoyed a purely escapist evening read that required no pressure to take seriously.
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the e-book ARC to review.