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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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    Disappointed by the ending

    I thought that this book was just okay. I have been a fan of Lisa Lutz for a long time and have a great fondness for her Spellman Files series. I knew going into this book that this was going to be a completely different kind of story and I was really looking forward to seeing what she would do with it. There were things that I did like about this story but other elements were not quite as enjoyable. The book opens with the death of Tanya's husband. Tanya immediately leaves town and starts working on assuming a new identity. Tanya tells us that she didn't hurt her husband, Frank, but we have no idea why she feels like she needs to leave town. I was really curious about her motivation to run. That wasn't a small decision and she knew exactly what to do so it was very obvious that Tanya had disappeared before. Tanya changes her name several times in the story but for the purpose of the review, I am just going to stick with Tanya. Tanya meets Blue in a bar when Blue figures out that she isn't exactly who she says she is. They find themselves in a serious situation soon after they meet and they form an interesting friendship. Both Blue and Tanya are on the run and are both hiding who they truly are from the world. Blue's character was one that I didn't quite trust. Blue just seemed to have a more criminal mind than Tanya did. I did want to keep reading so that I could learn why Tanya felt she had to run in the first place. If she didn't hurt her husband, it didn't make sense unless she had something else from her past. The emails that were sprinkled in the book between chapters quickly hinted that there was something from her past that we hadn't discovered yet. I also really liked the humor that was sprinkled throughout the book. This isn't a funny story but Lisa Lutz's sense of humor is still very evident in the writing. I was really disappointed by the ending of this book. Seriously disappointed. I read all of those pages eagerly awaiting a big reveal that caused Tanya to be on the run and it just didn't do a lot for me. The big twist that was supposed to shock me at the end just added another layer of disappointment. I am not really sure that I would recommend this book. I do think that a lot of readers will really enjoy this book a lot more than I did. I did like the book and I do consider 3 stars to be a good rating. It just wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. I do plan to continue reading Lisa Lutz's work in the future and commend her for writing a different kind of story. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Simon & Schuster via NetGalley and Edelweiss.
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