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The Passenger by Lisa Lutz
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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 guys about it.

I love stories where the protagonist is on the run or they have to disappear a la witness protection program. It gets my adrenaline going and I get to learn all kinds of cool and perhaps useful stuff. Who knows when I will need to pick a lock, buy a car on the fly, or dye my hair in a diner restroom? You never know when this knowledge will come in handy. It is just like I always say.....Books make you smart!

I consider THE PASSENGER to be an especially good "on the run" book because:

a. Our protagonist is FEMALE!
b. She is likable, but not perfect.
c. Plot twists abound! Literally around every corner.
d. Nice psychological study of our girl on the run.
e. Fast-paced, easy to read, clear consice writing.
f. Burning mystery for the reader to solve.
g. A few fun red herrings.
h. Mystery is solved in a believable, realistic (AND SATISFYING!) manner.
i. A handbook on what not to do if you ever just want to disappear!


I found this story really compelling and was immediately captivated with it. I am so glad I picked it up from my adorable used bookstore. I had tried the audio version last year when it first came out and was really turned off by the narrator's voice.

Man, I hate when the audio turns you off of an otherwise great book. If that happened to you, try reading the book in that old-school paper way that our ancestors invented.
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Reading Progress

September 19, 2017 – Shelved
September 26, 2017 – Started Reading
September 29, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 22: by Jaline (new) - added it

Jaline Great review, Jewels! I have now added this - and I hope to get the eBook version. :)


message 21: by William (new)

William Thank you for the great review. I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I totally love strong, intelligent women characters, both in fiction and real-life!


Melissa Great review! I really enjoyed this one, too. 😬


Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* Wonderful Review Jewels! I don't like it either when I don't like a narrator's voice, I then switch to the book.


j e w e l s Jaline wrote: "Great review, Jewels! I have now added this - and I hope to get the eBook version. :)"

Hi Jaline! thank you..Happy reading! It was a very nice surprise


j e w e l s Melissa wrote: "Great review! I really enjoyed this one, too. 😬"
thanks Melissa! it was a good one!


j e w e l s Mary wrote: "Wonderful Review Jewels! I don't like it either when I don't like a narrator's voice, I then switch to the book."

Hi Mary! Yes, I mean we are up close and listening to that voice for hours and hours! It's gotta be pleasant...


message 15: by LaDonna (new) - added it

LaDonna Great review, Julie! But, I am like our ancestors. I love turning pages.


message 14: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Turning pages are my thing. However, audio can be good.


message 13: by Mackey (last edited Sep 29, 2017 06:42PM) (new)

Mackey LOL - I always go old school ( or e- book) I hate to be read to. But I LOVE your reviews and added the book.


message 12: by Nazanin (new)

Nazanin Fab review, Jewels! :)


Norma * Traveling Sister Wonderful review, Jewels!


message 10: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I've often thought this myself. :)

"I love stories where the protagonist is on the run or they have to disappear a la witness protection program. It gets my adrenaline going and I get to learn all kinds of cool and perhaps useful stuff."


message 9: by Michele (new) - added it

Michele Mattos Ok, I’ve heard enough! I’m buying this book!


j e w e l s Michele wrote: "Ok, I’ve heard enough! I’m buying this book!"
haha! Happy reading, Michele!


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

wonderful, jewels! should you find yrself emptying an account with too much money to know what to do with, have i ever told you yr hair looks amazing?


message 6: by Robin (new)

Robin Our ancestors were on to something, Jewels! Fab review.


message 5: by Fran (new)

Fran Excellent review, Jewels. Your description of a girl on the run was spot on. I enjoyed this book,too!


j e w e l s paulie wrote: "wonderful, jewels! should you find yrself emptying an account with too much money to know what to do with, have i ever told you yr hair looks amazing?"

haha Paulie! you are too kind!


message 3: by Jan (new) - added it

Jan Very compelling review, Jewels!! I'm adding this one now!!


Vanessa Fantastic review. Makes me want to read it now :)


message 1: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Glad you liked it!! :) Nice review!


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