Book Reviews

Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz


The Passenger is perfect for readers who enjoy a good mystery. However, if you prefer concrete clues that help you piece together a book’s big reveal, then this one might make you antsy.

Tanya Dubois aka Amelia Keen aka Debra Maze aka Emma Lark aka Sonia Lubovich (these are just some of the names she goes by throughout the story) has been hiding from law enforcement for a decade. Why does she keep assuming the identities of other women? That’s exactly what I was dying to know and trying to figure out all the way up until chapter 28. In fact, I’m pretty certain most who read this one will be left guessing as well.

Here are some of the thoughts I had while reading:

  • Who is this woman?
  • If she didn’t do it, then why doesn’t she just call the cops?
  • Wait, that’s not why she’s on the run? Why then?
  • Who is this Ryan guy? Why is he keeping tabs on her? Why would it be bad for him if she gave herself up? Why would he send her money?
  • Is this new friend of hers the passenger?
  • Wait, maybe he’s the passenger.
  • Okay, this lady definitely has to be the passenger.
  • Who the heck is the passenger?

When I finally realized who “The Passenger” is, everything clicked into place and I completely understood the MC’s motives. I also understood her pain.

Despite the occasional irritation I felt while wracking my brain trying to figure out what was going on, I really enjoyed this book. After all, Lutz is a great storyteller. The way she toggled between describing the MC’s life on the run and her real life (past and present) was remarkable. And all the while, she managed to provide small pieces of the puzzle, which made little sense up until the big reveal when every last tidbit locked into place, leaving me 100% satisfied.




Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary review copy via NetGalley.

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