Book Title: The Passenger
Author: Lisa Lutz
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense
I’ve decided to bump this up to 4 stars for the sheer fact that I can’t stop thinking about this book. I guess it hit me later than expected!!
Original Review: 12/16/15
3.5 STARS. Thank you Netgalley for the pleasure of receiving this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Beard of Moses-talk about major whiplash! I wanted to love this book so much. I debated between 3-4 stars and settled in the middle. This is an extremely difficult book to review. At times, I felt it was jumbled, slow, and lacked character depth. But I also really liked this book and felt an urge to finish it. I even found myself thinking about it during the day when I wasn’t reading. I have never experienced this while reading a book, so it has to earn points for that, right?
This poor girl has so many names throughout the book. The book opens with a bang; she has just discovered her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs and claims to the reader that she didn’t kill him. We have no idea at the beginning whether she is a reliable narrator, but thus begins a long, choppy series of identities while sharing pieces of her past that she is running from with us.
I did like the emails at the end of various chapters that gave us little morsels of her former life. I also really enjoyed Lisa Lutz’s dry humor and satire sprinkled throughout the story (it gave me feel good memories of The Spellman Files). I was a little disappointed that a few minor plot points were sort of forgotten and never given closure, but that was just a personal pet peeve and not really anything relevant to the story. I think what caused me to rate a little lower was that the story lost me a little in the middle when she was EMMA/SONIA. It felt a bit like filler fluff. Even though this book was extremely choppy and not as developed as I would have liked, I feel like it will be with me for awhile. I honestly can’t stop thinking about it and am a bit sad to see “her” go. If you are on the fence, just go ahead and read it. I think it will be worth your time. For those Lisa Lutz fans keep in mind this is very different from her Spellman series!