The Passenger –Lisa Lutz

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I accidently downloaded this book from the library thinking it was the book corresponding with the movie Passengers and because I didn’t get seeing the movie I thought I would start with the book. Well I couldn’t have been more wrong, when I actually read the blurb for this book and realised it wasn’t in anyway set in a spaceship or in space I was a little confused but either way the blurb sounded really good so I decided to read it before I had to send it back.

The Passenger tells the story of a woman who finds her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs and goes on the run to escape having the murder pinned on her. A matter of pages into the book and you realise this isn’t the first time she has had to hide her identity. This is a fast paced book that travels the states of America while Tanya who becomes Amelia who becomes whoever she feels like at the time, tries to stay off the radar and out of trouble. However trouble is never too far away from her and she has to keep watching her back.

This plot is separated out into the different people whom the lead character is trying to be and for every time she is forced to change her identity. The plot moves quickly and had me hooked from the first page. I ended up reading this book in two sittings which isn’t hard to do with this one and I honestly could have read it in one day if I started reading it at a reasonable time.

I thought the characters in this book were very well portrayed and interesting, as the protagonist has to change her appearance and personality for every disguise which leaves an addictive quality to the story. She is always trying to outrun danger with even her family betraying her at times. She meets a character called Blue in one town and she turns out to be just as mysterious and intriguing which only amplifies this plots suspense and tension.

I could never have guessed what direction the plot would go in literally and theoretically as it crosses many state and moral lines. Every page has some new and unavoidable dilemma and the plot seems to accelerate from the first page and never slow down. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and couldn’t recommend it anymore. It’s one of those books that I don’t want to discuss in detail because I don’t want to spoil anything for the reader but definitely check it out. Anyone in a book slump this could be the book to pull you out, especially any fans of mystery and fast paced reads.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 on goodreads and could not be happier that I accidently stumbled upon it. Sometimes mistakes are worth making and this book was one I don’t regret.

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