I have just finished reading “The Passenger” by Lisa Lutz. This book has been on my “to read” list for ages. I have previously read “Revenge of the Spellmans (Document #3)” (about a quirky private investigator) and really enjoyed Lisa’s writing style. She makes her characters easy to identify with, even when it seems you normally would not compare with them! If you’d like to know more, you can read a review of “Revenge of the Spellmans” over at Inkpotblogger.
“The Passenger” by Lisa Lutz is a story of Tanya, or is it Amelia….no, maybe it’s Emma? It takes most of the book to figure out the name of the main character and what her real story is. We are introduced to Tanya who is afraid of falsely being accused of murdering her husband, so she runs. But we soon learn that she was already on the run, posing as a wife, Tanya.
Buckle up as Tanya leaves town, changes her identity and her name and tries to start a new life in a new place. She does this over and over again, becoming the master of disguise and deception. She steals the identity of women who have just passed away or who carelessly leave their purse unguarded in Tanya’s presence.
Tanya soon meets Blue, someone she has a lot in common with. Like Tanya, Blue has a complicated past that is slowly revealed as the story unfolds. Can Tanya trust Blue?
A series of emails from an old friend, Ryan, gives hints about Tanya’s past (or is it Jo?). It becomes evident early on that there is a strong bond between the two of them, but exactly what transpired in those early days remains a mystery until the end. You will not be able to put this book down until you know who this Ryan character is and what his involvement with Tanya is.
I have learnt that being on the run is exhausting and its a real struggle to survive with no cash, driver’s licence or social security number.
This is a great psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. I really enjoyed reading “The Passenger” by Lisa Lutz. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, then this one is for you!