Review: The Passenger

The Passenger


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?

Length: 320 Pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Release Date: March 1, 2016

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.

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.


The moment I read this book was about a woman with multiple identities, my interest was peaked. I have never been able to resist a story line where the main character has changed their name so many times they don’t know what name they are currently responding to, or have changed their hair color so many times that they have forgotten what it originally was.

 The Passenger had a lot of potential. The story line really was intriguing, but in the end I just didn’t buy it. I can’t tell you as much as I would like to though, because most of the back story comes at the end of the book. This is actually one of the things I wished was different. We go through the entire story, never really knowing who our main character is. Of course, she doesn’t either, which is some of the internal conflict. But as I result, I really couldn’t connect with her. I felt bad for the people she screwed over along her cross-country road trip, and had a hard time caring if she went to jail or not. No matter how exciting the circumstances are, I won’t feel emotionally invested if I haven’t connected emotionally with the character.

In addition to this, the circumstances themselves many times seemed a bit unrealistic. I kept thinking, “Would she really respond that way?” or “Why would he do that? That makes no sense.”

Despite all of this, I did feel that The Passenger was well-written and it certainly kept me reading and guessing all along the way.

I apologize for the vagueness of the review, thrillers tend to be a bit more vague because I don’t want to give anything away. But overall I am giving The Passenger 3 out of 5 Stars. 

Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT):

Language: 3

Swearing littered throughout the book, including uses of the F-word

Sexual: 1

An occasional reference here and there

Violence: 2

An occasional fight or murder; nothing graphic


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Happy Reading!!!