NetGalley review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

27407759Title: The Passenger
Author: Lisa Lutz
Published: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 320
Genre: Mystery, thriller, murder
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, 

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.

I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

This book is a steady pace read. We start off with Tanya letting us know her husband death had nothing to do with her even though she doesn't have an alibi. Right there has my mind wondering what the heck is going to happen now why is she worried about not having an alibi. Well because of her husband's death that is when we find ourselves following the life of Tanya who seems to be running away from her past. I kept wondering about her past especially since she would get emails from a guy named Ryan and slowly but surely it all came to light. At the end all I could say was WTF are you kidding me all this time she was his? I guess I should have seen that coming but I was too engrossed with Tanya/new identity/new identity/new identity and so forth to even think about that. 
Now as she is running away she ends up meeting another person named Blue who is just as mysterious but has a killer instinct about her. What is her agenda in all this? 
I liked the little love interest that was thrown in there with Dominic I can see him and her getting together once all the dust settles down. 
This was a great thriller that I could not put down I wanted to know what caused Tanya/whatever her name is to run away and you have to literally wait until almost the end to get your answers which I love. I don't like finding out right away or even in the middle so this book was great on that approach for me. The only thing that bothered me was the constant dying of the hair (which I knew she had to do) but with it being mentioned the chemicals burning her nose every time she dyed her hair I just skimmed over that sentence every time. 
With the way this author writes a good thriller I hope she writes more stories like this.

Lisa Lutz

Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of the six books in the Spellman series, How to Start a Fire, Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children's book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, The Passenger, a psychological thriller, will be published March 2016 by Simon and Schuster. Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Although she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the University of Leeds in England, and San Francisco State University, she still does not have a bachelor's degree. Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping through a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting the screenplay Plan B, a mob comedy. After the film was made in 2000, she vowed she would never write another screenplay. Lisa lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.


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