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The Passenger (Large Print / Library Binding)
We've thought of Lisa Lutz as "our" author from her first Spellman document. She'd come up, we celebrated Izzy's birthday, and even though she didn't live here, she was ours, darn it.
With her new book, The Passenger, Lisa comes home to us, both literally and literarily. While Tanya Dubois' journey takes her across the US, she ends up here in the Pacific Northwest, and we're thrilled to have Lisa back to visit!
"In case you were wondering, I didn't do it. I didn't have anything to do with Frank's death. I don't have an alibi so you'll have to take my word for it. I was taking a shower when Frank died."
Tanya's pretty sure she could get through a cursory investigation into Frank's death, but if the police look deeper, as they probably would what with a spouse with no alibi, then there could be problems. You see, "Tanya" isn't her real name. And she's been running from her past for about ten years now. So Tanya hits the road and tries to reinvent herself. And she could do it, except that she meets a woman called Blue, and Blue recognizes that hunted, haunted look. They bond, but eventually, Tanya begins to believe that Blue isn't so much of a kindred spirit as she might be Tanya's undoing.
Other reviewers have called The Passage a novel that goes at "a breakneck pace" and one says, "My advice: buckle up" and that's true, but I think that's true of everything Lisa Lutz writes. She's got a bone-deep talent for telling a gripping story with real people who grab your heart and imagination and just don't let go. From Izzy and the Spellmans to Kate and the other ladies in How to Start a Fire and now with Tanya, there simply isn't anyone like Lisa Lutz for creating wonderful people and putting them in strange but believable situations.
And while there are no footnotes (which I do genuinely miss), the mysterious emails between Ryan and Jo hearken back to Lisa's novel with David Hayward, Heads You Lose, and give you that little extra touch that makes all Lisa Lutz books rise above the others. I promise, you'll enjoy this book, and I know I'll read anything - including grocery lists - that have her name on them!— Fran
March 2016 Indie Next List
“Thrilling and impossible to put down, this is the sharp, witty, and often sassy story of a woman, variously known as Norah/Jo/Tanya/Amelia/Debra/et al., on the run from events in her past for which she claims innocence. Her only chance of freedom is to run, and while running she changes identities and adds new troubles almost faster than readers can keep track. A meeting with a mysterious woman named Blue puts her on a new path, one that hopefully will lead her home and give her a chance to finally clear her name. Fast-paced and full of unexpected obstacles, this is a roller-coaster ride of a read you don't want to miss.”
— Nancy McFarlane (E), Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC