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    Disappointed...

    I was thrilled to receive a copy of this book from NetGalley, as I love Lisa Lutz and suspense. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. I found that the plot dragged until about 1/2 of the way through the book. The plot and the main character didn't really grab my attention the way that I expect in a Lisa Lutz novel. I had high expectations based on the great reviews for this book, but was left feeling disappointed.
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    Ok read

    It was quite interesting, but the longer it went on,the more the plot was stretched. The desire to tie up lose ends strained credibility.
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    Slow paced novel!

    The Passenger by Lisa Lutz is a suspense novel. Tanya came downstairs after her shower and found her husband, Frank dead. She contemplated about burying the body, but there is no way she can do it herself (very practical). So she gathers up some cash and takes off (do you think she has something to hide). She changes vehicles, changes her hair color, and then gets a new identity. She ends up in Austin, Texas and meets Blue (for her eyes) at May’s Well (a bar). Blue recognizes Tanya (now Amelia) as someone on the run. When two goons try to take off with Tanya/Amelia (starts to get confusing after a while as she keeps changing identities), Blue helps out. After several unsuccessful attempts to get a new identity, Blue has an idea. Both women end up with new identities and a chance to start over. But the past always manages to catch up with you. Eventually, you have to face it (you cannot run forever). The Passenger is listed as fast paced, but I did not find it very speedy (I have two week old kittens that move faster). To me it was a long drawn out book where I kept waiting for my questions to be answered (and after a while I did not care). The Passenger is Tanya’s story of her running, hiding, and finding new identities. The Passenger is just the telling of a story and teller decided to draw it out. The Passenger gets better towards the end (if you make it that far). I give The Passenger 2 out of 5 stars. The basic concept of the book was good, but I did not like the final product (if you need something to help you sleep, then you have found the right book). The Passenger contains extreme violence and foul language (and large quantities of alcohol). I received a complimentary copy of The Passenger in exchange for an honest review of the book.
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    Phenominal!

    Wow, what a phenomenal book. This is a haunting psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. In it we are introduced to a woman who is on the run and constantly changing identities while bouncing from state to state. Her exploits are interspersed with an email exchange with someone from her past that doesn't make sense until the very end. Once you get it, though, you'll sit back and ponder it, wondering if you should have seen it. I never re-read books, but will probably re-read this one to see all the clues that I missed the first time. This is a deeply engrossing book that the author outdid herself on. I have long been a fan of her Spellman series and was excited to see that she had a new book coming out. If you are expecting a book similar to the Spellmans, you will be disappointed, however, if you are open to a totally different type of book from a very talented author, you will love The Passenger. Even the name kept me guessing. For fans of the genre, this is a must read.
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