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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  32,012 ratings  ·  4,006 reviews
“A dead-serious thriller (with a funny bone)” (The New York Times Book Review), from the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, comes the story of a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past.

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her cr
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Published March 1st 2016 by Simon Schuster
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this is a three-star book but i had a four-star time reading it.

it's a really fun fast ride and you get all caught up in the momentum of its zooom and it's only when it's all over and the dust settles that you see the flaws in the vehicle and remember that speeding causes accidents. there's a reason all the blurbs mention breakneck pace and white-knuckle plot and buckling up & etc, because it's escapism done perfectly, and it's a little silly to kick the tires on something that's just fun, so i
J.L.   Sutton
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thrillers are not what I usually pick up, but Lisa Lutz’s The Passenger was a book I enjoyed and raced through in a single day. That’s probably the way thrillers should be read. One reason I may have glommed on so quickly is that the protagonist spends much of the first half of the book in Wyoming. As if Wyoming is the natural place one would go to live under the radar and begin fresh. To try out new identities before moving on. Maybe it is! It’s difficult to say much more about the twists and t ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

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!!


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
Well, this turned out better than I thought it would. I'm not sure what to make of the ending.

A woman, Tanya Dubois, finds her husband, Frank, dead at the bottom of the stairs. She attempts to resuscitate him; but it soon becomes evident that resurrection isn't in her repertoire. Can't fault her for trying, though. She doesn't know whether he accidentally fell down the stairs or, if someone helped him. All she knows is; she's innocent, and no one will believe her. So instead of alerting the aut
j e w e l s
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bejeweled
Looking for a ride? Take your seat on THE PASSENGER. Clear your schedule for the next two days and settle in for a twisted adventure on the run!

Our feisty girl, Tanya (not her real name), has just walked in on her dead husband. It seems he took an accidental fall down the stairs. Instead of calling 911, she packs a bag, clears out a bank account and takes off. WHAT A PROMISING PREMISE! I was hooked after that first short chapter. This is an extremely addictive story and I'm so happy to tell you
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 * Tanya Dubois is running scared after finding her dead husband at the bottom of the stairs. Afraid the police might find it suspicious, Tanya decides to flee. Desperate to escape her past and those that could put her behind bars she travels from State to State with many different aliases. With her funds quickly depleting, Tanya must do whatever it takes to survive and remain underground from those who want her dead. With razor-sharp dialogue, The Passenger is a crackling good story and will ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
2 1/2 stars. How long can you string a reader along, suggest that there is some dark secret and surprising denouement to come at the end, but deliver fairly mundane content along the way? That’s the question that hummed away at the back of my mind as I read The Passenger. From the beginning, we know that there is a dark secret in the narrator’s past that has kept her on the run and has had her change her identity. And she keeps running and she keeps changing identities. Every now and then, we ge ...more
Megan Johnson
I try really hard not to read reviews of books before I read them if I know I'm going to read the book anyway because I don't want it to affect how I feel. However, it's hard to ignore that star rating at the tops of pages that let you know not everyone has loved this book.

I will tell you this though, I found this book to be brilliantly crafted not just in how the characters are portrayed or how much I enjoyed reading the words on the page, but in how even without knowing all of the story's det
Jennifer Masterson
DNF audiobook at 50%. This was just mediocre. The narration was mediocre and so was the story. Too many books not enough time. I'm becoming old and cranky! Lol
Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤
I can't show much emotion anymore... There was a time I used to cry but that was another lifetime ago. My heart was broken just once, but completely.

I had fought so hard to forget my past, forget who I once was that, as I said my story, it felt like fiction.

Great women protagonists, intricate plot! Very satisfactory book overall. Highly recommended.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of undefined heroines, new life stories
Two things attracted me to The Passenger: Lisa Lutz, the author of the daffy, emotionally complicated and entertaining Spellman Files series ( my review), and the description of “a blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past.” Add in “With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival” and I was sold. L ...more
She was safe for awhile until Frank fell down the stairs, and now she is back on the run disguising herself and stealing identities to maintain her freedom. She's been betrayed before, she knows not to trust anyone, but she's tired and broke when Blue enters her life and gives her a safe place to crash......or so she thinks.

After meeting Blue, THE PASSENGER turned into a wild and crazy adventure (for a while) filled with more name changes, (a lot of hair dye), bad guys and complete mayhem with n

Dan Schwent
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
When her husband falls down the stairs and dies unexpectedly, Tanya DuBois cuts and runs, for she is actually a fugitive living under an assumed name. She switches identities several times but can she ever run from her past?

I got this from Netgalley.

I love Lisa Lutz's Spellman Files series dearly so I was pretty stoked to pick up her newest. It pains me to say it was a bit of a letdown.

The Passenger feels like a Lifetime movie to me. Tanya DuBuois is a woman on the run from a past that is only h
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


Wow! This book!

When I first started reading this book, I kept wondering why Tanya left to take on a new identity when her husband only fell down the stairs while she was in the shower. But.. as the journey takes off we find out why.

Tanya changes her name more than anyone I have ever heard of in the short amount of time that she is on the run. I will tell you some of her names, but I won't reveal her real name :) She's been Tanya, Jane Green, Amelia Keen, Deb
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through Net Galley and Simon & Shuster. My sincere appreciation to them and to the author, Lisa Lutz. This was my first book by Lisa Lutz and, believe me, I will be back for more.

The title and the cover of the book are intriguing. Exactly who is The Passenger? Is it one steady road trip or is the wheel passed back and forth like a game of hit me tag? Or do we, ourselves, experience the role as we're taken on a wild and relentless ride?

Our female main character has more names
This was unlike anything I've ever read before. And that's a good thing.

This one starts out with a bang, which is always great. "When I found my husband at the bottom of the stairs, I tried to resuscitate him before I ever considered disposing of the body."

Needless to say, I was HOOKED. And the story never let up.

Our heroine (who may or may not be a heroine) is Tanya Dubois (who may or may not be Tanya). She's living her life constantly on the run ...but WHY?

This book is divided into eight secti
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
4 solid stars

What a pleasant surprise this turned out to be!

I had seen a few 3 star ratings from some of my Goodreads family about this book, so I took this on with minimal expectations. But right from the first chapter I was completely engaged. I couldn't put this down!

Tanya Pitts husband is dead at the bottom of the stairs. She assumes he fell down them, because she had nothing to do with his death. Instead of calling the police, she packs a bag, grabs what money she can find and takes o
Beth Hudspeth
Reviewed by: Hello Beautiful Book Blog

Being the passenger on this ride was quite the adventure from start to finish.

I stayed up until the wee hours of the night, so let's just say I really liked it. It's going to be hard to review this with no spoilers so this will probably be a shorter review. Also, the main character has so many names throughout this book I'm just going to call her Tanya for the sake of my sanity and to be less spoilery.

It was a little all over the place at times, but eve
I liked the sound of this one: a woman with a mysterious past keeps changing her identity. Who doesn’t want to read about a woman who carries hair dye and blue contact lenses in her purse? I’m just going to refer to her as “the star,” since she changes names so many times, who knows what to call her.

After a while it was same old, same old, ho hum, now she’s blonde and has a new name and a new town, blah blah blah. Some of her adventures are good, others not so much: She has a slightly too-long s
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is like Orphan Black watered down by James Patterson minus the cloning stuff with a hint of any awful 90s teen horror movie (let's go with I Know What You Did Last Summer).

Put into five simple words.... It just wasn't very good.

The writing was weak, the characters were bland, the plot became repetitive, and the ending was pretty lackluster.

It was like the author wrote several short stories and then wanted to weave them together and have things connect perfectly and unrealistically s
Can’t decide if I loved or hated this book. It was one of those in between books for me. Some parts were edge of your seat exciting and then some parts made no sense at all, so much going on and not always in a good way. To add to my confusion all the alias names to keep up with, but it did give this book abit of an extra edge to veer it from being boring and pedestrian. That ending was worth the ride though. Boy I wasn’t expecting that bombshell!
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! This book is amazing. I read it in one day.

This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

Right away I became hooked on this book. This was an awesome read because of the style of the writing, the locations, the characters we meet, the thoughts of the main character, and, most of all, the mystery of how we got here.

Our main character is shedding her identity, again. In the beginning Tanya’s husband has just fallen down the stairs and dies. She has to get out before someone questions her and fi
I devoured this book. I couldn't put it down.

It was the stellar opening line that hooked me initially. Can you blame me though? It's pretty great -

“When I found my husband at the bottom of the stairs, I tried to resuscitate him before I ever considered disposing of the body.”

The woman standing over her husband isn’t someone that we ever truly get to know. Instead of calling the police, she makes a choice most of us wouldn’t. She runs, finds a new identity and starts playing the part. Simply
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing about this book that is compelling to me. I rarely go with one star but after having listened for more than a few hours I am very bored with this repetitive story to the point that I'm finding it almost painful to listen to. I'm glazing over. Moving on...
Liz Barnsley
I LOVED this.

It was one of those books that you start then look up and a few hours have gone by and you are nearly at the end. It literally went by in a FLASH one of the most addictive novels I've read so far this year.

I believe this is the authors first foray into thrillers (I have not read her previous novels) and all I can say if that is the case is PLEASE WRITE MORE.

So we follow "Tanya" then, who goes on the run after the death of her husband. It feels like this is something she may have do
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I have to say what a great cover, it draws you in and makes you feel the thrill of anticipation as to where that road may lead. Unknown and waiting to be unravelled, where will the story take us? I love this feeling at the beginning of a book.
Tanya Dubois comes out of the shower and discovers her husbands body laying dead at the bottom of the stairwell in their family home. She does not react at all like you would think she may, scream? call for help? she does neither, she sits, has
Burner phones, hair color kits, and falsified identification are at a premium in the dark world of aliases. I liked reading about Tanya/Amelia/Debra et al struggling to maintain a low profile as one after another of "her" identities was blown. It's a pity there wasn't more of Blue in the story as the writing really snaps when she is on the page. It's an easy read and finishes strong.

This copy was furnished by Net Galley in exchange for a review.
Patrice Hoffman
The Passenger is the gripping narrative of a woman who goes by the name Tanya Pitts. After discovering her husband Frank at the bottom of the stairs dead, she decides to run. Automatically Lisa Lutz presents the story of a woman who has something to hide. The question that constantly eats at the reader is what is this woman running from? Why's she running?

After a few chapters, the most deafening question is who is this woman? If Tanya Pitts is simply a name on a paper, who is the woman pretendin
Mar 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No disrespect to those who enjoyed "The Passenger" by Lisa Lutz, but I thought this novel was a fucking monstrosity. The main problem was the writing. Lutz can't write a cohesive or compelling story. Everything is all muddled together. Crappy and awkward writing. The first chapter had me hooked, but the plot quickly fell apart. The twist at the end was laughable. I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to quit a book halfway through, I like to see how it ends, but geez, the ending just aggravate ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, thriller, crime
“When I found my husband at the bottom of the stairs, I tried to resuscitate him before I ever considered disposing of the body.”

That’s the first line in Lisa Lutz’s “The passenger.” A first line that sets the tone perfectly for what’s to come, a gripping, quick-paced and engrossing thriller. One that, on close up, feels more like a close-to-home mystery, because, despite all the traveling and changing identities and big explosions, behind all the Hollywood style action, there’s a simple truth:
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Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of the six books in the Spellman series, How to Start a Fire, Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children's book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Her latest book, The Passenger, a psychological thriller, will be published March 2016 by Simon and Schuster. Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for ...more

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