If you want to go on a thrill ride, created by one character with many names, then you need to read The Passenger by Lisa Lutz. This book gave me so much excitement. i couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Tanya, or so she calls herself, is on the run after she finds her husband dead at the bottom of the stairs in their home. She doesn’t want to be accused of his murder, because she really didn’t kill him, but who’s going to believe her? So, she leaves town. The next town she finds, she calls herself Amelia, and when that name gets worn out, she moves on to the next.
Once she meets Blue, things start to change a little. Blue gets her name from her gorgeous ice blue eyes, and when she convinces Tanya/Amelia to help her kill her husband- Tanya must leave again. This time Blue thinks they should switch lives, Tanya can be Blue, and Blue will be Tanya. She thinks when the police come after them and realize they have the wrong woman, then they will move on their way. This name switch helps Tanya get a job in a small town as a teacher, until she stays too long again and must find someone else to be. Along the way, she meets many people she can’t decide if she can trust. Eventually things start to unravel for her, and she must decide if she should go back home and face her past now that her mother is ill, though she doesn’t want to dig up even more trouble for herself.
I received this book from Netgalley, and I found it to be one of the better books I have read this year. I really liked the twists and turns it took, but it wasn’t so out there that it didn’t go along with the story. I thought that the characters were very interesting, and at times you felt like you didn’t like Tanya, and at times you felt like you did. The ending makes the book so much better too, definitely a good read. iI give this book 5 out of 5 stars.