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Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

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Being the passenger on this ride was quite the adventure from start to finish.ย 

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

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4 Kitty Stars

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I stayed up until the wee hours of the night, so let’s just say I really liked it. It’s going to be hard to review this with no spoilers so this will probably be a shorter review. Also, the main character has so many names throughout this book I’m just going to call her Tanya for the sake of my sanity and to be less spoilery.

It was a little all over the place at times, but even with all the identities, new towns, etc. the story line is still easily followed. The story is told through the present, flashbacks and emails. Tanya is in hiding from a past we have no clue about and when her husband dies she must find a new identity to survive on the run, thus Amelia is born. Amelia meets Blue, a bartender and they become allies trying to outrun both their pasts.

The book is really well paced. I didn’t get bored with any of the chapters. There is always something new happening to keep you entertained. Plenty of things to speculate about and plenty of characters to try to figure out. Most of the characters lacked depth, however. I felt Tanya was the only character who was well developed by the end.

Tanya is very brave and kind of seems like a badass. Some of the things she had to do were questionable, she definitely has some issues, but overall I was rooting for her. She gets herself into some sticky situations along the way.

The reveal of the mystery as to why she’s on the run was actually quite good. Not as moving of a revelation as I was imagining, but still had me thinking ‘what?’ and ‘ohhh’. Some of the characters from the past I wanted to throat punch! I hate people getting away with things when they should be punished, ugh! It made me crazy!

With the story line keeping you guessing until the end, it was definitely one I had no regrets staying up until 2:00 am to finish.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

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