Saturday, April 16, 2016

#Book #Review. . .The Passenger


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.

M & J's Review
There is always that one book that comes along that will leave you spellbound and in awe for having read it.  It’s that one story which takes on a life all of its own.  I can honestly say I’ve read many good books over the years, but there are a precious few that make it onto my favorites list, and I’m proud and elated to say, The Passenger, has warmed its way into my heart, as well as the best book I’ve read thus far for 2016!  I know there’s more year left, but I don’t think I’ll find another quite like this one.  WOW!  The last time I read a book this good was when I read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  The Passsenger is a story that I will never ever forget!! Never!  It had all the elements that make a great story, and I must say, the ending was out of this damn world!!!

When you were a child, do you remember playing make-believe?  If you didn’t play, I feel sorry for you because you missed out on a very important development in life—make-believe is what makes the creative come alive.  Imagine, for a moment, that you could be anything or anyone in the world, who or what would it be? 
Some actors get paid highly for living in make-believe and giving their audiences a couple hours of entertainment to make us believe what we’re seeing them portray.  So, can you imagine, if you woke up to discover your husband dead at the bottom of the stairs—what will become of your life?  Yeah, Tanya had a lot of things to ponder.  For starters, who will believe her?  The spouse is the first person-of-interest in a murder investigation, so obviously no matter what story Tanya concocted, the law wasn’t on her side, or so she believed.  What other choice did Tanya have?  Hmm. . .become someone else!  Oh, but wait a minute, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to Tanya because the woman she sees in the mirror is an imposter.  Confused?  You won’t be after you read The Passenger.  I read this book in a day and a half, and I could have finished it in a day, had I not had other books to review that I’d committed to. Lutz is a rarity in the literary world that you don’t find too often.  I'm reminded of another favorite author she reminds me of, Thomas Harris, writer of Silience of the Lamb.  She’s the type of writer that comes along once so many decades.  My, my, my am I glad I stumbled across this book.  I am still in shock after reading it. In fact, I was so into this story, I felt depressed a little after reading.  I totally forgot I was in make-believe, it felt that real.  If you don’t feel Tanya’s every move, you obviously don’t have a pulse!  Lutz hooked me from the first sentence, ‘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...’ If that doesn’t make you want to delve further into the pages, you’ve got to be nuts! 
This story also brought to mind another of my favorite books, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The first sentence had me as my eyes sucked up the words like water through a straw.  I couldn’t let go!  The subject matter of The Passenger is so deep, I cannot go any further into what it’s about without giving away the crux of the story.  Trust me, readers, I haven’t steered you down the wrong path yet, and you gotta give it to me, when I tell you this book is that damn good, it is that damn good!
Mello & June gives The Passenger five stars and beyond.  Lutz’s words were beautifully woven and turned into a quilt that will be forever passed down for many years to come.  An impeccably outstanding read!  YOU will not be sorry to read this!  It’s worth whatever price is asked!  

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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