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From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.

Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets…

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection
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Published October 6th 2020 by Park Row
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MarilynW
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Selena Murphy has a husband who is cheating on her. Twice, in a week's time, she has caught him sleeping (not really sleeping, though) with the nanny. Her life is full of pressures and a husband who lost his job but won't find work and also won't take on full time care of the kids even though he's home all the time. Work, a long commute, a cheating husband, kids that want more from her than she can give, the constant feeling she needs to present a perfect life on her Facebook page, all these thi ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
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I don’t know what or who is more twisted, this novel or the characters in it !! This is definitely one of those thrillers that is best read when you have a long chunk of time to settle into it. I personally found at least the first third of the book to be quite confusing. Without giving anything away I will just say that there are multiple characters, multiple identities of these characters and we are moving from past to present. Picking it up and putting it down definitely w
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
“It’s Martha, by the way. From the train.”

3.5 stars

Confessions on the 7:45 is a fast-paced thriller about a nanny gone missing.


Late on her home from work one night, Selena confides to a stranger on a train that her husband has been having an affair with their nanny. A few days later, the nanny has disappeared without a trace, and the stranger begins texting Selena some jarring messages. With her marriage under a microscope, Selena comes to recognize that her picture-perfect life is crumbling
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Well I must admit this is my first Lisa Unger book I have read...and it did not disappoint! A twisted little thriller that drew me in from the very first chapter!

You are late for your train, good thing there is another at 7:45. You board and it is crowded, but you are able to slip into the seat next to a friendly looking face that slides over for you. Then for some unknown reason the friendly face starts sharing her secrets with you. Then you tell her something that has been weighing on your min
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David Putnam
I liked this one well enough. The author has great control over her writing craft. Her characters are well drawn and three dimensional, one of the more difficult aspects of writing. This book is only three stars out of five for me I almost put down several times but hung on. For me there were too many points of view that caused the story’s wheels to spin in place. For example, the Hunter character his entire chapter came down to one paragraph needed to advance the book’s plot, the rest could’ve ...more
Farrah
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐ 4 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙁𝙪𝙣 𝙆𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙊𝙛 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙬𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙠 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨 ⭐

For a thriller, I didn't find this book especially thrilling. The plot is definitely twisty but it's easy to see what's coming. Sadly there was no 𝙖-𝙝𝙖!! moment.

Where this book shines is in it's characters. I loved how honest and raw and logical they were.
Selena was so well fleshed out that I could feel all the emotions she was feeling and she made my heart 𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦 at the ending.

Also fantastic was the way this book explores the good and bad in everyone.
Ever
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Jayme
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I have been dying to hear the confessions that were made on the 7:45.
And, it was well worth the wait!


The train comes to a stop on the tracks...it’s going to be awhile...

The beautiful woman sitting with you, strikes up a conversation.
She confesses that she has been sleeping with her boss, a married man.
Her name is Martha.

Selena feels like she should reciprocate.
What harm could come out of sharing a secret with a stranger?
She admits that she thinks that her husband is sleeping with their nanny
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4+ stars!

A fast paced, gripping and suspenseful domestic thriller!

Selena starts chatting with the woman seated next to her on the train ride home from work one night. They chat with ease and gain comfort from one another as they share their personal stresses and struggles. Selena confides in the woman that she suspects her husband is sleeping with their nanny. Days later, Selena’s nanny doesn’t show up for work. She has disappeared and Selena’s conversation with the woman on the train weighs hea
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Holly  B
Whoa.... this was quite the runaway train.....

This is definitely my favorite Lisa Unger novel. I was captivated from the beginning and the train encounters had me on the edge of my seat!

"It's Martha , by the way. From the train."

I found the story line quite addictive and oh dear, Martha, what is it about you? Selena wonders if she shared too much with a complete stranger. What in the world compelled her?

Let the games begin! Selena gets a text and the crazy train starts to derail just a littl
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Kaceey
I’ve been a long time fan of Lisa Unger, I think I’ve read every book she has released. And I have to say this might be her best to date!

Do you believe in coincidences?

A chance meeting in a train. Selena sits down next to a stranger. Soon she finds herself telling this unknown woman her darkest secrets. I mean it couldn’t do any harm right....? Wouldn’t you?

Did Selena just open Pandora’s box? Now she keeps receiving texts from this woman. Did she give out her phone number? 🤷🏻‍♀️ She doesn’t reme
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Heart throbbing, agitated story makes you jump on your couch and keep you in toes, biting rest of your pillows, spitting out the feathers!

Two stranger women on a train share their most intimate secrets: one of them is cheated by her husband as the other one is having an affair with a married man. They share vodka, a few laughs, their resentments, regrets and they say their goodbyes. As of them thinks their paths will never be crossed, the other one already starts planning their next encou
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Bridgett
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, book-club
"Don't you ever wish your problems would take care of themselves?"

Uh, yea. I do. I really, really do.
But in the meantime, reading an incredibly good book will do the trick...and that's exactly what Confessions on the 7:45 is...an incredibly good psychological suspense.

Twisty, smart, and well-written, this novel will definitely make a splash come October. Told from multiple narratives, primarily those of Selena, Anne, and Pearl, this story is cleverly woven into a very compelling tale...one
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Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
If you haven't read this one, you need to hop on this fast track full of lies and deceit. This is one well-crafted entertaining story with exciting twists and turns.

After reading and loving Stranger Inside, I had some high expectations that I tried to leave behind before boarding this train of deceit. Well, not only were those expectations met, they were exceeded!

Confessions on the 7:45 is a clever, compelling, suspenseful story that explores the complexities of marriage while representing the
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Ceecee
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-5 stars

Selena Murphy realises her husband Graham is cheating yet again, this time with the nanny Geneva.. She’s had enough and one evening on the 7.45 train she unburdens to a stranger who reciprocates. This stranger is Martha. A few days later, Geneva disappears and Selena life gradually implodes. The story is told from several points of view which initially don’t seem to connect but do so very cleverly.

This is yet another edge of your seat thriller from Lisa Unger who I’m beginning to thin
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preoccupiedbybooks
A dark and unsettling thriller with multiple characters, which pulls you in immediately, and doesn't let up until the end!

When Selena meets a stranger on the 7:45 train home from work, she's already having a bad day! She finds herself confessing her suspicions about her husband having an affair with the nanny, after the stranger reveals that she's sleeping with her married boss. When the nanny then goes missing, Selena's seemingly insta-perfect life starts to unravel...

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Michael David
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Selena’s workday runs long, all she wants to do when she catches the 7:45 train home is to relax and read the latest issue of People Weekly (which I can relate to. I love that magazine). However, the train is packed and she ends up sitting next to a woman named Martha. They start chatting, and Martha confides in Selena that she is sleeping with her boss. In return, Selena mentions that she thinks her husband is shagging the nanny. This is the first time she’s said it out loud...but Martha ...more
Susanne  Strong
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
“Confessions on the 7:45” is dangerous, delectable and absolutely wild!

Sometimes a seemingly innocent conversation is anything but.

Such is the case for Selena, upon sitting down next to Martha, a young woman on the train, who appears to be lost in thought, and struggling with her own issues. When Martha divulges a secret (an affair with her boss), Selena does the same (her husband’s affair with their nanny).

What made you think you could trust a mere stranger? Tsk, tsk, Selena!

From that point
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Irena BookDustMagic
The author's voice was my absolutely favourite part of the book.

The story itself was not so good. Maybe I was seduced by so many high reviews and my expectations were too high.
I think there were too many POV from which 2 could have been cut out. At the same time, one character who's POV would be interesting to read didn't get his.

This novel is very character driven, and I love that type of books, but at the same time, I wish this one was more interesting, because it felt like nothing really happ
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JanB
DNF at 25%. Just not for me. I knew it wouldn’t be anything more than a 3 star read for me so I called it quits.

Too many changing POV. Too much whining from women about how terrible men are while the women are making terrible choices for their lives.
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
***NOW AVAILABLE***

I don’t know what or who is more twisted, this novel or the characters in it !! This is definitely one of those thrillers that is best read when you have a long chunk of time to settle into it. I personally found at least the first third of the book to be quite confusing. Without giving anything away I will just say that there are multiple characters, multiple identities of these characters and we are moving from past to present. Picking it up and putting it down definitely wo
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Confessions on the 7:45 might be Lisa Unger's best book yet. I am a huge Lisa Unger fan and this book surpassed my expectations.

Confessions on the 7:45 had me on my edge of my seat from the first page. There is so much suspense, you will not want to put the book down. I love thrillers but a lot of them I either want more of the characters or more suspense, but this book was the perfect blend of both.

I recommend this book to all thriller fans especially Lisa Unger fans.

Thank you Edelweiss and
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Sheyla ✎
Unpopular opinion ahead!!!!!!

I didn't feel like this novel delivers in comparison to the hype. Confession on the 7:45 had good parts but some other ones that were not so good.

Maybe my problem was that I guessed E.V.E.R.Y. single twist they threw at me. It was way too easy.

So what is the story about?

Thanks to a nanny cam, Selena Murphy has found out her husband, Graham has been cheating with her with the children's nanny, Geneva, at least on two separate occasions (What a huge cliche you might
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Brandice
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Confessions on the 7:45 Selena Murphy heads home one night and swaps secrets with a stranger on the train — Selena shares her suspicion that her husband is having an affair with their nanny while the stranger, Martha, confesses to having an affair with her own boss. Selena thinks little of the random encounter after exiting the train but when her nanny disappears shortly after that night, she can’t help but wonder about Martha and their conversation.

This story is full of deceit! Told from 3
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Barbara
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Working mom Selena Murphy commutes to her New York City job by train.....



.....leaving her two young boys in the care of a 25-year-old nanny called Geneva. Geneva is a wonderful caregiver - fun, capable and nurturing - and the boys love her in return.



Selena was very satisfied with the children's caregiver until last week, when Geneva was caught on the nanny cam, having sex with Selena's husband Graham.



Selena's unsure what to do. Graham's never been the ideal husband but he's a good father.



Moreov
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Kat
For a psychological thriller, I would say this one is far more psychological and a lot less of a thriller, but it’s still a well-written character study, with a healthy dose of intrigue and mystery. This is the tale of Selena Murphy, her husband Graham, and the ugly aftermath that ensues when he’s caught on the nanny cam behaving badly with said nanny. In her state of vulnerability, Selena shares Graham’s newly discovered misdeeds with a mysterious stranger, Martha, on her train ride home. When ...more
Larry H
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
Lisa Unger's Confessions on the 7:45 made me feel vindicated for not engaging people in conversation on public transportation. (I don't know about you, but I'm not one of those people who makes fast friends with people they sit next to on planes or trains. I just want to get where I'm going and read as much as possible, lol.)

What a crazy read this was!

Selena's had a hard day at work. But it's not the job that's the problem—she had been suspecting that her unemployed husband has been sleeping
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Javier
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
”It’s Martha, by the way. From the train”

4,5⭐️

I’ve never read a Lisa Unger book before but, curiously, “Confessions on the 7:45” was one of my most anticipated reads this fall, both cover and synopsis calling to me like a siren’s song (as with And then there were none, all the Strangers on a train reimaginations always catch my attention). And it didn’t disappoint!

A couple of months ago I read “Let her be” and “The sleep tight motel” and found them to be so suspenseful and atmospheric (speciall
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Susan
Runaway Train!

Five Clear the Track Stars.

Selena has discovered a secret about her marriage. As she contemplates her response, she meets a mystery woman on the late train home and it all unravels from there.

Bouncing timelines and many characters caused me to aid myself by taking notes to sort the connections. With multiple moving pieces, the lines are blurred and the plot fluid.

I LOVED all the loose ends and was practically gleeful while rearranging several theories as the book progressed. So f
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Confessions on the 7:45 is such a clever, twisty psychological thriller. I had heard great things about it and was so keen to read it. I was not disappointed at all. It kept surprising me with it's twists and red herrings and I loved it. It was a little confusing in the beginning with alot of characters and points of view but once the pieces started to fall into place I could not put it down.

Selena Murphy misses her usual train home after a meeting runs over at work. When she gets on the 7:45 tr
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Carolyn Walsh
2.5 stars.
I thought the opening was strong and I was looking forward to an intense psychological thriller. I struggled with the story, not liking or connecting with any of the characters. Three of the cast essential to the plot had assumed identities, fake names and had unfortunate, tragic backgrounds. It took some concentration to keep everyone straight. The many twists and turns lessened the tension and suspense for me. The saying, "less is often more," preoccupied my mind while reading this.
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Lisa Unger is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author. With books published in twenty-eight languages and millions of copies sold worldwide, she is widely regarded as a master of suspense. Her latest release is CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45, a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee.

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