The Passenger

The Passenger

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Lutz develops riveting suspense by slowly revealing the events that first sent Tanya/Amelia on the run, while pouring threats on her gritty heroine's increasingly tenuous bids at survival. Binge-worthy fare, especially for those drawn to strong female protagonists" ( Booklist , starred review).

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
ISBN: 9781451686630
Branch Call Number: FIC Lutz
Characteristics: ix, 303 pages ; 24 cm.


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Arriving home to find her husband lying dead at the bottom of the stairs, Tanya Dubois makes the decision to run. Tanya changes identity repeatedly – but can she really escape her past?

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May 07, 2018

One of Lisa Lutz' serious books. This one skirts the edge of "literature" while still being a tense drama. VERY hard to put down, and still touches of humor--but a darker kind than her Spellman series. Highly recommended.

DPLcatherine Apr 04, 2018

This smart, fast-paced psychological thriller opens with Tanya Dubois’s husband dead at the bottom of the stairs and Tanya’s assertion that she is not responsible. This story has many twists and turns as the reader unravels the mystery of who Tanya really is.

Apr 29, 2017

Action packed thriller about a woman running from her past , assuming many identities , and ultimately going back to the beginning of her dilemma to solve her problem. Although very suspenseful, I thought the outcome was a little bit contrived. So-so but very entertaining.

Mar 25, 2017

It was very hard to put down. The action and suspense never let up. I finished it in one day. Not the sophisticated writing I am used to, nevertheless, a good read. I do love stories about women on the run from the bad guys! If you do, too, you would love Dean Koontz' Dark Rivers of the Heart.

it was ok, a bit sad and the ending seemed a bit unbelievable and hurried

Mar 03, 2017

I loved this book!
Highly recommended!!! ❤

Feb 04, 2017

Honestly, super difficult to put down. I finished it in three days. Would recommend to anyone looking for a fast-pace read.

Jan 27, 2017

I enjoyed this book. The 'surprise' was not that big a shock. Narration was very good.

Jan 11, 2017

An interesting story--fast-paced and exciting but with a small amount of believability issues.
A twist on the 'Gone Girl' genre.

Dec 01, 2016

I loved this story. On the run through no fault of hers, the main character finds herself covering her tracks across America. Using whatever means are to hand. Bit by bit the reader is told what has happened to Nora to set her on this path which can possibly only end in sadness. Highly recommended.

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