Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 1 2016)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014DXC07U

Book Description

 From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...

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?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

About the Author

 Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, The Spellmans Strike Again, Trail of the Spellmans, Spellman Six: The Next Generation (previously published as The Last Word), Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children's book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, How to Start a Fire, will be published in May 2015. 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. Lisa 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. Lisa lives in the Hudson Valley, NY.

My Review

I am a huge fan of the Spellman series by author Lisa Lutz. The Passenger is another fun book by author Lutz that I really enjoyed reading. What a ride!

Author Lisa Lutz takes the reader on quite the adventure in The Passenger. It is a fast paced read that I had trouble putting down. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next in the crazy life of the main character of many names...lets call her Tanya, the first name we know her as. The Passenger is based upon a fascinating premise that Tanya can pick up new identities even in our digital age. I learned a lot about living off the grid.

I won't give anything away but The Passenger had one of the most satisfying endings that I have read in a while. Everything comes together in such a way that everything that happened made so much sense. Great writing and a great story. Impressive tale.

I loved this book! Highly recommend The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.


  1. Lisa Lutz is an author that I want to read, this one has piqued my attention.

  2. Nice to know that this one worked well for you. I've read other books by this author and have seen her at an author event. She's very funny, dry and droll. I'm thinking this is more of a thriller?

    1. It is hard to define. She has a quirky sense of humor. Not really a thriller but very fast paced, dark and fascinating.