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The Passenger

February 9, 2016
The Passenger
Lisa Lutz
Thriller, suspense, mystery
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
March 1, 2016
Net Galley


 Description of  the book:

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

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.


My review of The Passenger:

This story moved fast. It starts off with Tanya looking at her dead husband’s body lying at the foot of the stairs. Her decision to take his gambling money and run seems odd at the time, especially for an innocent woman. Lisa Lutz does not do a huge background dump and explain everything to us. She lets the back story come out slowly as Tanya takes on a false identity and tries to keep one step ahead of her past.

In this day and age I would think it would be impossible for a person to live off of the grid. To be able to get work, you have to have a social security card and a valid ID. There are security cameras at intersections, businesses and people’s homes. Even if you lived out in the woods you would have to have money to buy the things you could not grow. Lutz has presented some very believable scenarios where a person might be able to pull it off, for a time.

This story has you on pins and needles the whole time. She almost gets caught so many times. She changes as life off the grid hardens her, makes her suspicious of everyone, and makes her do things she wouldn’t normally do. I loved how Lutz tied everything up in the end.

I highly recommend this book. It is an emotional rollercoaster ride you will be glad you took.

About the author:

Lisa Lutz



Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of the six books in the Spellman series, Heads You Lose (with David Hayward), and How To Start A Fire. Her latest offering is the thriller The Passenger (March, 2016 from S&S).

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. Lutz 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. She lives in the Hudson Valley, New York.






About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.